Did you know that pediatric dental decay (caries) is the number one childhood chronic illness? The consequences are great and can range from problems eating to a serious infection or tooth loss. All of these consequences can cause pain and embarrassment for your child, affecting not only their health, but also their self-esteem.
What Can I Do To Help My Child Prevent Cavities?
Dental caries is common, but highly a preventable and treatable condition. At Keledjian Dental, we begin with the foundations of excellent oral health for all patients and place an emphasis on prevention. When it comes to our youngest patients, we combine education for both parents and kids with the best preventative measures to limit your child’s risk factors for decay.
We consider diet, home practices, and regular preventative appointments along with additional preventative treatments such as dental sealants when it comes to creating a comprehensive treatment plan for your child.
Everyone has heard about avoiding sugary snacks and treats in order to prevent tooth decay. Did you know that other foods like cereals and chips could also cause decay? Brushing and flossing after any food that sticks in the grooves of your teeth or contains sugars or starches will help prevent dental decay.
Until the age of at least eight years, parents will need to brush and floss for their child. Kids simply lack the dexterity necessary to do a good job before then. Our hygienist can show you the proper techniques for brushing and flossing for your child as well as ways you can help them learn the correct methods.
Schedule Your Child's Dental Exam Today
A dental exam with Dr. Jason Keledjian is an important factor when it comes to maintaining your child’s oral health. He will see any areas that might be especially prone to decay and take professional measures like applying fluoride or sealants to protect their teeth.
Sealants are a thin, clear coating that cover the biting surface of your tooth. When applied early, they can prevent decay by keeping bacteria out of the deep grooves in your child’s teeth. They are affordable and can last up to five years until replacement is necessary.
For more information about cavity prevention for your child, call Keledjian Dental.