Lifelong oral hygiene habits are typically developed in childhood. From brushing and flossing every day to going to the dentist for check ups and professional dental cleanings at least once a year, the earlier children learn about and begin to practice good oral hygiene and cavity prevention, the more likely they will be to stick with it in adulthood. Dr. Frank Casarella, a dentist in Seekonk, MA, advises parents to follow the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines and schedule the child's first dental appointment when they turn one, or six months after the eruption of the first tooth.
Family Dentistry in Seekonk, MA
A family dentist provides treatment for patients of all ages, making it easier for the entire family to get the services they need in one place. Younger children are more susceptible to cavities for a number of reasons, from eating sugary snacks and drinks, to poor brushing and flossing technique that makes it difficult for them to thoroughly brush and reach the back molars. Parents can help to ensure that younger kids are adequately brushing their teeth by supervising and demonstrating the right way to brush.
Protect Your Child from Cavities with Dental Sealants
Another way to protect the children in your family from the effects of tooth decay is with dental sealants. Sealants are covers designed to smooth out and flatten the chewing surface of the back molars in order to make them easier to brush, and less likely to trap food and cavity causing bacteria. They are made of plastic resin, and are invisible (unlike metallic dental fillings). Along with good oral hygiene and a healthy diet, dental sealants are the best way to protect your children from developing cavities.
Find a Family Dentist in Seekonk, MA
For more information about dental sealants and keeping your children's teeth cavity free, contact our office by calling (508) 761-8668 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Casarella today.