Did you know that tooth decay is the #1 disease found in children today? Last month, we discussed 5 ways to keep children’s teeth healthy. Here are five more!Did you know that tooth decay is the #1 disease found in children today? Last month, we discussed 5 ways to keep children’s teeth healthy. Here are five more!
<a href=”http://colsondentalgroup.com/blog/top-ten-ways-to-keep-your-childrens-teeth-healthy-part-1/”>See post with the Top 5 ways to keep your kids’ teeth healthy</a><ol> <li>Talk about future visits from the Tooth Fairy to encourage good oral cleaning habits. Children will get excited about losing their baby teeth when a visit from the Tooth Fairy is promised. Baby teeth are disposable, so why worry too much about caring for them, right? WRONG. Baby teeth serve critical functions in your young child’s growth and development. They help little ones chew food and learn to speak properly. Baby teeth also hold space in a growing mouth for permanent teeth. And no one wants to see their child suffer through pain due to decay.</li> <li>Talk to your <a href=”http://colsondentalgroup.com/meet-us/james-h-colson-ii-dds/”>dentist</a> about getting sealants for your child’s adult molars. Sealants are a permanent shield applied to the chewing surfaces of the first and second adult molars. Adult molars usually emerge during the tween years, between 8-12 years old. Sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the molars, protecting from decay. Sealants are often covered by insurance.</li> <li>Know what to do in the event of dental trauma. If your child knocks out a permanent tooth, quick action is needed to save the tooth. Holding the tooth by the crown (exterior tip) and not by the root, gently rinse the tooth in warm water. Then reinsert the tooth into the socket and have your child hold it in with a clean piece of gauze while you drive to the dentist office. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a clean cup and cover it with warm water or milk and get your child to the dentist within 30 minutes if possible. If your child knocks out a baby tooth, this is less cause for concern, but still take your child to the dentist. A chipped or loosened permanent tooth also requires a trip to the dentist.</li> <li>Make sure your child wears a mouthguard for contact sports. When an athlete takes a hit to the mouth or jaw, a mouthguard can prevent loosened or chipped teeth, soft tissue damage, cut lips, TMJ, and other trauma. Ensure your child wears it every time they play or practice. Both parents and coaches must enforce this rule.</li> <li>Get your child covered by <a href=”http://colsondentalgroup.com/patient-information/insurance/”>dental insurance</a>. Did you know the Affordable Care Act Exchanges (Obamacare) offer children’s dental health coverage? Dental coverage can be incorporated into an overall health insurance policy or be purchased as a stand-alone policy. Get yourself covered, too. Studies show that when adults have dental coverage, they <a href=”http://colsondentalgroup.com/contact/”>visit the dentist</a> more regularly and take their children with them. This is good for the whole family!</li></ol>As always, please <a href=”http://colsondentalgroup.com/contact/”>contact us</a> today for a consultation. Call <a href=”tel:9192316053″> 919-231-6053 </a>.We strive to offer the best dental care in Raleigh!