If you were asked about the most common childhood illness, what would you say? You might guess something like ear infections, which are common. But dental caries (cavities), which are highly preventable, are the number one chronic disease of children between ages 6 and 11.
Vienna, VA dentists Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram know that it isn’t necessary for kids to suffer from unhealthy teeth. Minimizing your child’s risk for decay isn’t just essential for their oral health. Children with unhealthy teeth experience discomfort, which leads to difficulties eating and speaking properly and missed time from school.
Your Child's Oral Care
Proper oral health care for children is crucial, and it’s our goal to educate parents about the ways they can help keep their kids' teeth healthy. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your child enjoys a healthy smile:
- Make sure your child is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- When they’re old enough, show them how to clean between their teeth with floss.
- Monitor their eating habits by limiting snacks and ensuring that they are eating nutritious and balanced meals.
- Visit your Vienna, VA dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examinations.
When we see your child, we may recommend dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that’s applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent decay. Our doctors may also find that your child can benefit from supplemental fluoride to strengthen their teeth. Some studies show that fluoridated water has helped reduce cavities in baby teeth by as much as 40%.
Kid's Dentist in Vienna VA
We know how much kids can benefit from a healthy smile, and we’re here to help! If you would like more information about steps you can take to protect your child’s oral health, please call us!