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Redmond Kids Dentistry January 2017 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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Do Parents Need to Worry About Fillings in Baby Teeth?
Since baby teeth fall out, you don't need to worry if one gets a cavity, right? Wrong! Your child's future oral health depends greatly on how healthy their deciduous teeth are. Not only do you need to keep your child's baby teeth healthy, but you also need to establish good oral health routines young as they will directly affect how healthy your child's mouth is as an adult.

The Dangers Associated with Untreated Cavities in Baby Teeth

The biggest and most immediate danger of having an untreated cavity in a baby tooth is that the infection from tooth decay will spread to the surrounding teeth. This means one cavity can quickly multiply into many more. Eventually, that lone cavity can become so large that it needs a root canal to be treated. If you leave the tooth alone until it falls out, it can infect the route that your child's permanent teeth will come through as it emerges, leaving your child's teeth more susceptible to decay and cavities before they have even emerged.

When you suspect that your child has a cavity, it is important to take them into the dentist as soon as possible. That way you can get the cavity filled and protect the entirety of your child's smile well into the future. Remember, the sooner you can start making this the expected routine, the more your child will understand what to expect and the more likely your child is to continue seeing the dentist regularly when they grow up.

Time to Make Sure Your Child's Sealants Are Intact
When was the last time that your child's molars got sealed? If the answer is that you aren't sure or it has been years, you will want to maintain your 6-month regular checkups so that we can keep a close eye on how they are lasting. Sticky foods like caramel, taffy, and other candies can pull bits of sealants off the molars and expose grooves that can trap food and bacteria. The longer the food debris and bacteria stay in the grooves, the better chance cavities will form. While it may only take a few minutes to apply, the protection provided by the sealants can last for many years. Sealant materials used in our office are effective, safe, and contain no BPA.


Can Eating Dark Chocolate Help Improve Your Dental Health?
Fluoride is an amazing substance for your teeth as it helps to fight tooth decay. However, recent studies have shown that there is another compound that can help fight tooth decay, and that is CBH. This compound can be found in dark chocolate, and it could be the next superfood for your teeth.

Before you go to eat dark chocolate to help your teeth, there are a few important things to consider. Dark chocolate can still have a lot of sugar, which is a major cause of tooth decay, so any benefit you could gain from CBH might be cancelled out by high sugar content. Also, a lot of the dental health benefits are from the cocoa bean husk, which we do not normally consume when eating chocolate.

In just a few years, you may be able to head down the dental care aisle and pick a toothpaste that has tooth-protecting components from chocolate, but in the meantime, you can keep your smile healthy by brushing, flossing, and having your teeth professionally cleaned regularly.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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