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Important Steps Preserve Young Smiles

Primary (baby) teeth are weaker than their adult replacements. They also guide the position and alignment of your child’s developing smile. But since they decay more quickly than permanent teeth, parents need to act fast to reduce the risk of unwanted consequences.

Floss Baby Teeth Daily

As soon as your child’s teeth touch side by side, start to floss them each day. Since brushing won’t clean between teeth, floss is the only thing that will.

You can use a handheld, disposable flosser for small mouths, but older children and adults will likely need conventional floss (to reach back teeth).

Your child can start to floss their teeth as soon as they can tie their shoes independently.

Invest in Fissure Sealants

The deep grooves of back teeth (molars) are some of the first areas to get cavities. To make them easier to clean and prevent bacteria from settling into the fissures, ask about dental sealants.

Sealants are protective coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to each tooth. We recommend putting them on permanent molars as soon as they erupt, which is usually around ages 6 and 12, respectively.

Hydrate With Water

Is your child involved in athletic activities? It’s easy to keep sports drinks on hand, but the truth is they usually aren’t necessary except in cases of extreme heat or intense training. They also contain sweeteners, making them more dangerous to teeth than soda.

Instead, encourage your child to drink fluoridated tap water. Water is safe, rinses away acids and bacteria and will keep your young one hydrated.

Take Advantage of CDBS Coverage

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a scheme that covers up to $1000 in dental services for children every two years. Families who qualify for Medicare can get benefits for routine treatments like cleans, fissure sealants, fillings and crowns.

Has It Been Six Months or More?

When was the last time your child saw a dentist? If it’s been six months, it’s time to schedule your family’s next trip to our office. Contact us today to reserve an appointment.

* Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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