Welcome back to the ongoing blog of Alabama Family Dental, located in Mobile, AL. Today we want to talk about one of the most important services we offer: Preventive Dental Care.
You take many steps to prevent problems in life. During school, you studied for an exam before taking it to ensure you passed. After you bought a car, you purchased insurance just in case you got into an accident. You probably did the same when you bought a house.
Preventative dentistry is like insurance for the health of your mouth. We can always treat a problem after it has developed; but it’s a lot easier for you to prevent the problem from happening.
The best preventative dental care includes Dental Exams, X-rays, Teeth Cleanings, and Fluoride Treatments. At Alabama Family Dental, we offer all of those services in a comfortable and modern office. Aside from that basic information, we want to share some advice for you and your family regarding Preventative dentistry.
The Best Childhood Dental Care Starts Early
The American Dental Association recommends taking your child to their first dental appointment after their first tooth appears. This allows us to screen them for childhood oral diseases or decay, and ensures their health and beautiful smile. We will also take the time to teach them about good oral health habits.
It’s also a good practice because it allows a child to get into the habit of visiting a dentist office. As children grow older they are more likely to develop fear or nervousness about visiting a dental office; early exposure to a dental office helps them feel more confident and secure about dental procedures later in life.
A myth exists that a child’s baby teeth aren’t important because they will be replaced later in life by permanent teeth. However, baby teeth serve many important functions such as developing proper speech patterns and eating habits.
Set An Example for Your Children with Your Actions
Children tend to learn from your example, and not necessarily from the words you speak. If you want to set an example for your children, you should brush and floss with them. You can even make a game of it, or devise a reward chart where they earn a sticker for every time they brush and floss without complaint.
If you’re brushing and flossing with your children, you can ensure that they’re practicing proper technique and actually flossing. Flossing is a vital part of oral health; almost half of the surface area of your teeth cannot effectively be reached by flossing alone.
A university study recently showed that the most common white lie a parent tells is that they floss everyday. When you floss with your kids, it also helps you to remember to floss as well.
You should also consider taking young children with you when you have a dental appointment. This helps kids to learn about the importance of their oral health, and that the dentist office is no place for them to fear.
Know About Your Own Risk for Cavities
In addition, if you think cavities only happen to kids and teenagers, you may be surprised to learn about your own risk for tooth decay. All natural teeth are at a constant risk of cavities, and this risk can even grow as you age.
Much like hairlines, your gums can recede a little bit as you age. You’ll probably never even notice this process, but it happens. This process leaves an increasing amount of surface area exposed to bacteria and plaque. This can allow cavities to develop in areas of your mouth that you’ve probably never even thought about.
Getting checked for cavities ensures you will retain your natural teeth. When cavities are left untreated, the decay can worsen and eventually kill the tooth. When a tooth is dying, you may need to undergo a root canal. If the tooth has died, you may need to have it replaced with a dental implant or bridge. This procedures are routine (and we’re excellent at them), but they are more expensive and time-consuming than simple dental preventative care.
Make An Appointment
Do you want to keep your teeth, and your children’s teeth looking great? Then contact us today to make an appointment for Preventive Care. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, and explain any procedure before we perform it. We’re also skilled at ensuring your children learn only the best dental hygiene habits. Click here to make a dentist appointment with Alabama Family Dental.