Children's Dentist in Morristown
Did you know that dental tooth decay is the single most chronic childhood disease? Affecting 25% of US children between the ages of 2 and 5, and 50% of children between 5 and 9, it can lead to painful cavities as well as tooth loss or infection if left untreated. At Children’s Dentistry of Morristown, our highly skilled and compassionate staff welcome children of all ages and provide the quality preventive dental care that they need. Always keep in mind, that establishing an excellent oral hygiene regimen at home, in conjunction with routine dental care as offered by your friendly Morristown children’s dentist
, are the best steps that you can take in the prevention of dental disease.
Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings for your child plays a critical role in maintaining their oral health. The buildup of plaque—that sticky substance, that covers your teeth after you eat—is the chief source of tooth decay. Mostly consisting of destructive bacteria which thrives on sugar, the bacteria in plaque release acids which can erode the enamel of your teeth. Eventually, that erosion can cause cavities. Apart from teaching your child the ins and outs of at-home dental care to prevent tooth decay, your Morristown children’s dentist
will instruct your child as to which foods are healthy for their smile, along with informing them of the ones that can do the most harm. As added protection for the biting surfaces of your child’s new permanent back teeth, we’ll encourage the placement of dental sealants. Simply brushed on and then cured to set in a few quick and painless steps, dental sealants fill a tooth’s grooves and crevices to form a thin hard shield that protects against decay causing bacteria. Sealants are an excellent preventive measure, since children are notorious for not thoroughly brushing their teeth, and the nooks and crannies are particularly vulnerable areas where cavities tend to develop.
Morristown Children's Dentist
The American Dental Association recommends that when your child’s permanent molars come in—usually around the ages of 6 and 12—the best preventive care, in addition to regular checkups, is the application of dental sealants on the back molars. Of course, preventing cavities is something that we can all smile about! Schedule an appointment with your Morristown children’s dentist
, at Children’s Dentistry of Morristown today.
By Children's Dentistry of Morristown
January 3, 2017