Healthy teeth and gums are important at every stage of life. Unfortunately, tooth decay is widespread in the United States. At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH we offer pediatric dentistry, and know that with proper care, tooth decay is preventable.
Kids slhould learn proper dental care at an early age. Before their teeth come in it’s up to parents to clean their gums. At that age, a thorough wiping with a warm, damp cloth is enough. When their teeth come in you should brush them, and bring them in for their first checkup.
Most kids have enough motor skill to take over the brushing by about the age of five. They should brush twice a day, and floss their teeth at least once.
Three other ways to help prevent tooth decay:
- Regular checkups. We like to see our young patients twice a year. A checkup includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist, and an inspection by the dentist.
- Sealants. Dental sealants are an added layer of protection for young teeth. We apply a resin material in liquid form, which coats the teeth. It’s quick and painless.
- The ADA Seal. Always look for the seal of the American Dental Association when you buy oral care products. This is your assurance the product has met the ADA’s standards for quality.
Good oral care during childhood helps to prevent cavities, and gets your child started on a lifetime of good dental health. Patients from Londonderry, Salem, and Chester come to Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH for pediatric dentistry, and for complete family dentistry. Schedule your child’s next cleaning and checkup with us today!
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