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Posts for: October, 2018

By [email protected]dentalwellness.com
October 16, 2018
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DO YOU SPEND A LOT of time worrying about how to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free?  Teaching them to brush and floss are critical steps towards ensuring that they can take good care of their teeth for life.  Once those permanent teeth come in, there is something we can do at the dental practice that will give them even more protection against tooth decay- applying dental sealants.
 

Bacteria Versus Your Child’s Teeth

The reason it is so critical to teach our children good oral health habits at an early age is that 40 percent of children develop cavities by the time they start school because of poor oral hygiene and consuming sugary snacks and drinks.  Every human mouth contains numerous species of bacteria that excrete acid onto our teeth when we consume sugar, and this acid wears away at our enamel and leads to tooth decay.

Brushing, flossing and limiting our sugar intake are all important ways we can keep that bacteria in check.  But even when we do all these things, there are crevices in our teeth where bacteria can hide, and these can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush.  That is where sealants come in to play!

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a protective tooth-colored material we place on the chewing surfaces of teeth to "seal them off" from plaque and bacteria that can cause cavities.  Dentists started using sealants in the 1960s, and they have been popular ever since.

Typically, sealants are applied to the molars because these teeth are the ones that do the most chewing and have those deep crevices where bacteria can hide.  The sealant will fill in and cover any crevices on the tooth to act as a shield from the bacteria.  What makes them even better is that the sealant application process is quick and painless!
 

When Should Your Child Get Sealants?

The best time to bring your child in for dental sealants is when their adult molars erupt, which is usually around age six.  The sooner they sealants are in place, the less opportunity the oral bacteria will have to build up in the crevices of the molars.  However, sealants are still beneficial when applied later.  Older children and even adults can get them and have their teeth protected too!

Schedule Your Child’s Next Appointment Today!

Whether your child needs sealants or just a normal twice-yearly dental cleaning, do not hesitate to schedule their next appointment!  If you have any concerns with the way your child is brushing, flossing or with how the food they eat might be affecting their teeth, be sure to let us know so that we can help.

Our top priority is protecting your child’s smile!

 

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


MOVING TO A NEW AREA comes with a long to-do list, and one important item on it is finding the right dentist.  There are a few factors to take into account when choosing a dentist in order to make sure they are a good fit for you and your family.
 

Why Decide Now?

Dental care should be about preventing problems before they have a chance to get worse, not waiting until they have become an emergency.  That means it is important to find a dentist ahead of time so that you can start making regular checkup appointments to keep your teeth healthy.

Another benefit to choosing your dentist ahead of time is that the pressure is off!  You do not have to rush and take a risk with a practice nobody can vouch for.  If you start early, you will have plenty of time to make sure you have only the best dentist for your needs.

Our Top 5 Tips For Choosing A Dentist

You might have other items you would include on your own list, but these are five we feel are particularly important for any patient.  Still, it is up to you to decide which items on the list are a higher priority for you!

  1. Location.  A crucial thing you should be looking at is if the office is within a reasonable distance from your home.  How far are you willing to drive twice a year for your checkups? Answer that question for yourself, then choose from dentists within that range.
  2. Reputation.  Once you have decided how far you are willing to travel for your appointments, research your local dentists to find the ones with great reputations.  You can check their Google reviews and Yelp pages for quick information, but you can also ask your friends, coworkers, and neighbors for recommendations.
  3. Cost.  While the quality of the dental care should always be high on the priority list, cost is an important consideration as well.  Determine your household’s dental care budget, research dental insurance options, and remember that good preventative dental care now will always be cheaper than dental repair work down the road!
  4. Specialization.  Are you looking for a family dental practice, or do you need a pediatric dentist for your kids?  This will make a difference in your final choice.  If you know you need more complicated work than a regular cleaning or filling, you might want to learn about nearby periodontists or endodontists as well.
  5. Comfort.  Even if a dentist meets all four of the other requirements, it may not mean so much to you if you cannot relax while you are in their office.  This is why it is a good idea to go in beforehand to get a feel for the team and the overall environment of the practice.  A good dentist will always look after your comfort!
     

We Look Forward To Meeting You!

If you still are not sure how to find the best dentist for you, we can help!  Come visit our practice and we will answer any questions you may have.  We want to make sure every new member of our community has their dental health needs looked after.  In the meantime, keep up your daily brushing and flossing habits!

Help us help you keep your smile healthy for life!

 

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.