Perrysburg Dentistry

Smiling KidsWhy is preventative dentistry important?

Children with healthy mouths smile more, chew their food more easily which aids in digestion; learn to speak earlier and more clearly.  A healthy attractive smile gives children confidence in their appearance.  Preventative care in your child will prevent expensive, extensive treatment in the future.

Parents’ role in Prevention

Children under the age of 6 are not capable of doing a thorough brushing and flossing of their teeth.  A parent’s role is to examine their mouth and assist them in brushing on a daily basis.  The child will be encouraged to brush their own teeth to establish good habits, and the parent should step in to finish their daily brushing to assure a thorough brushing has transpired. 

My child’s diet and their teeth

Your child must have a balanced diet for their teeth and gums to develop correctly.  This diet includes fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, beans and dairy products.  It is important to monitor how often your child eats food with sugar and starch (bread, pasta, crackers, pretzels and potato chips).  Sticky foods, such as dried fruits, and toffee, are not easily washed away from the teeth by drinking water or milk, so they have more cavity potential.  We recommend you do not stock your pantry with sugary/starchy snacks.  Have fun foods, at special times.  Limit the number of snack times during the day, and provide nutritious snacks.  Do not ever put your child to bed with mil, water, formula or juice.  We do not recommend consumption of sodas pop, or chewing gum.  Choose those without sugar, if you do provide them. 

Why does my child need sealants

Sealants protect your child’s teeth from cavities by sealing the grooved and pitted surfaces in the teeth.  The sealants are made of clear or white plastic, and are applied to the chewing surface of the teeth, to prevent decay.  We generally place sealants on permanent teeth only, typically erupting after the age of 6.  They generally last until their late teen years, and can be redone.  The application of a sealant requires no anesthesia, and is completed in one quick and comfortable visit.  Many insurance companies cover sealants, as they view it as a great preventative procedure.