Posts for tag: Prevention
By Jeffrey A. Harris, D.D.S.
October 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Warrenton area parents: Do you desire a dentist who is patient, caring, and understands the importance of your child’s dental health? Then, Dr. Jeffrey A. Harris is the dentist to visit. At our office, we provide regular check-ups and cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and sports mouth guards for your child.
A child’s dental health is important for their overall health. Tooth decay is almost entirely preventable, but it is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40% of children from the ages of 2-11 have had a cavity in their baby teeth, and more than 2/3 of 16-19 year olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth.
There are safe and effective measures that parents can take to ensure your child’s smile is protected. Good oral hygiene practices are vitally important. Encourage your children to perform thorough brushing with fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities. Dental sealants and water fluoridation are also beneficial to help prevent tooth decay.
The Basics of Good Oral Hygiene
- The Rule of 2 – Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes on every surface of every tooth.
- Flossing – There are character made “flossers” that help aid children in finding a easier, more enjoyable way to floss their teeth.
- Parents’ Role – Your kids are not able to brush on their own until they are able to tie their shoes. Parents are encouraged to aid their child in proper teeth brushing techniques.
- Healthy Snacks – Having snacks that are healthy available for children will help their oral health and their overall health. Always offer a healthy choice before crackers or sweets. Sugary and acidic foods separate and together can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Visit Dr. Jeffrey Harris For Your Child's Dental Check-up
The steps you take at home are equally important as regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Contact Dr. Harris’s office today to keep your child’s health in check.
Making sure your child practices good oral hygiene is sometimes easier said than done. How do you make sure your kids practice good oral hygiene? We would love to hear your tips!