DID YOU KNOW THAT TOOTH DECAY is the most common chronic disease in children? An estimated 42 percent of children between ages two and 11 get tooth decay in their baby teeth, and it doesn’t stop there, with 59 percent of kids between 12 and 19 getting at least one cavity.
As alarming as these statistics are, childhood tooth decay can be prevented with good oral health habits and regular dental appointments.
Why Schedule A Back-To-School Dental Appointment?
When it comes to the health of your children’s teeth, an ounce of prevention is absolutely worth a pound of cure. If you wait until there’s an obvious problem, it’ll take more extensive (and expensive) treatment to fix. Teeth won’t start to hurt until decay has reached the dental pulp, so bring your children in for an appointment before it can get that far.
What To Expect At Our Office
Children have unique dental concerns. Putnam Dental Associates offers many treatments to address these concerns. A vital part of a comprehensive preventative plan, sealants protect the teeth from the bacteria that cause decay and help to prevent the need for expensive future treatments such as fillings and crowns.
Our team consists of the most knowledgeable and highly trained professionals in the dental field. In addition, the team caters to the needs of your child to ensure that he/she is comfortable, feels safe, and leaves with an experience that they will remember for a long while. Kids love coming here because they have fun, and they know that when they come through our doors, they are surrounded by people that really care about them.
What You Can Do For Your Child’s Teeth At Home
We believe in providing parents with the tools and education they need to teach their children about good oral health. Although routine dental exams and regular brushing and flossing are extremely important, good preventative measures also include eating a well-balanced healthy diet. Because your child’s teeth are extremely sensitive, they are more susceptible to developing enamel erosion and tooth decay if their diet is high in sugar.
If your child sucks his or her thumb or uses a pacifier, our dentists can also make recommendations for the best pacifiers on the market. We can also provide strategies and dental appliances for thumb sucking cessation to keep your child’s oral hygiene on track in between appointments.
The following video will show you a few tips to keep your child’s oral hygiene on track in between appointments:
We’ll See You Soon!
Make sure your kids start off their school year right: with healthy teeth and the confidence to share their smile with new friends and teachers. Call now to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental examination!
Wishing your kids a mouth-healthy year at school!
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