August 25, 2016
August means that our children are starting the school year. If you’re a parent, you have spent the last several months preparing for the school year. That means investing in school supplies and making sure your child has enough clothes for the fall semester.
Among your plans, don’t forget about your child’s oral health. Today I want to share some dental facts about your child and give you some tools to use so your child can have the best possible oral care.
We’ll start with some facts about your child’s teeth:
1. ) Tooth decay is the leading chronic disease in children. Tooth decay is even more common than the flu and four times more common than asthma. Even though everyone loses their baby teeth, it’s important to make sure your child is free of dental decay.
2.) More than half of all 8-year-olds in America have signs of tooth decay. This fact goes along with our first note, but it really puts tooth decay into perspective. This mean a majority of second-graders in America have tooth decay.
3.) Kids in the U.S. miss about 750,000 school days every year because of dental decay. This equals about 51 million hours of class instruction. The implications of this are obvious. When your child is not in school, it’s possible they can get behind in their class work.
How can we keep your child’s teeth healthy?
Children’s dentistry is only slightly different than caring for adults. We recommend that your child visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears. When your child visits the dentist early in their lives, we can monitor the development of their teeth and jawbone. Additionally, they become more comfortable with the dentist and are not fearful of dental offices later in life.
Below I have a few things for you to consider about your child’s oral health.
• Your child’s first visit — The first visit is quite simple. Your child sits in the chair and the dentists assessing their oral cavity and tooth development. The dental office will begin gentle cleanings once their baby teeth have fully developed.
• Fluoride treatments — We advise parents to consider using fluoride treatments on their children’s teeth. Fluoride is a natural substance that has been proven to reduce the risk of tooth decay. While most
• Dental sealants — Dental sealants are placed on healthy teeth. They block out bacteria and harmful acids from reaching the tooth. We recommend dental sealants for patients with grooves and fissures in their teeth, particularly the molars. These are the hardest places to clean and common spots for tooth decay.
Our office can start your children’s dental health on the right foot. Give us a call today at 703-552-2530 to schedule a visit.