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Baby Teeth and Preventative Dentistry

Updated: Apr 17, 2022

Over the years, many parents question why they need to take their babies and young children to the dentist. Parents also wonder why their young child needs their baby tooth treated if they have a cavity and if the tooth is just going to fall out.

At ADR Dental, we understand these questions and concerns.

Why is preventive dentistry important?

Preventive dentistry helps achieve a healthy smile for your child. Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly. They have a better chance of general health since disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body. A healthy mouth gives children confidence in their appearance. Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive and less expensive treatment for your child.

When should preventive dentistry begin?

Preventive dentistry begins with the eruption of the first tooth. Schedule your pediatric dental appointment with us when the first tooth erupts or by age one. You will learn how to protect your infant's dental health. The earlier the dental visit, the increased chance of preventing dental disease and helping your child build a cavity-free smile.

How do pediatric dental specialists help prevent dental issues?

After evaluating your child's oral health, the pediatric dentists at ADR Dental will design a personalized program of home care instructions for your child which includes brushing and flossing instructions, diet counseling, and if necessary, fluoride recommendations. Following these directions, can help your child achieve a lifetime of healthy habits. Your pediatric dentists are uniquely trained to develop a combination of office and home preventive care to prevent decay. Sealants help protect your child from tooth decay; mouth guards prevent sports injuries to the face and teeth, and early diagnosis and care of orthodontic problems are all part of your child’s prevention program.

This may seem really basic, but it’s true: teeth help children chew, speak and look sweet!

Remember 2 x 2 x 2: Brush two minutes, two times a day, and see your pediatric dentist two times a year! It’s also extremely important to watch their diet and limit anything full of sugar (gummies, candies, juice) or food that can stick in their teeth (crackers, raisins).

We can’t wait to get to know you and your sweet little ones. The earlier you bring them in to see us at ADR Dental, the less likely they are to get cavities!

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