Prevention is key for children in Pennsylvania to establish strong teeth, healthy gums, and good oral hygiene. This begins with establishing healthy habits at an early age. Regular checkups and cleaning can assist in keeping the teeth and gums clean. Without consistent cleaning, tartar and plaque can build up and cause inflammation, which can lead to disease if left untreated. Diagnostic X-rays and physical examinations in our Pennsylvania office will assist in early detection of oral cancer or gum disease. The first visit should be at 1 year of age.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay in patients of all ages. It can be found in tap water sources, foods, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and professional treatments from your dentist. Sufficient fluoride treatment is important for developing children to ensure they have the protection needed against cavities in their teeth. Fluoride treatments are available at the dental office and can be applied in several forms. Supplements are also an option if there is an insufficient amount of fluoride in the water supply.
When food remains on the teeth, it is consumed by bacteria that are naturally present in the mouth. The bacteria then converts the food into acid, which contributes to the production of plaque, or a sticky substance that clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque will harm the enamel of the tooth, creating cavities.
Tooth decay is a serious problem and can ultimately lead to infection, pain, and loss of teeth. You should begin teaching healthy brushing habits once the first tooth appears in your child’s mouth. Children under two years of age should not be left alone with toothpaste, and an adult should assist with tooth brushing until they reach the age of six.
For more information on prevention tips, oral hygiene and teeth checkups for kids at A Plus Pediatric Specialty Care in the Pennsylvania area feel free to call 215-643-9400 or fill out the contact form for assistance.