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Redmond Kids Dentistry August 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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Why Get Sealants Early On?
Dental sealants are a great way to keep teeth healthier, especially children's teeth. Their mouth is more susceptible to decay simply because they are not as skilled when it comes to maintaining oral hygiene. By have our office apply dental sealants to your child's teeth, you can help your child keep their teeth healthier for a longer time.

What Dental Sealants Do

When dental sealants are placed on your child's teeth, a protective barrier is painted on the teeth, typically the back molars. This is similar to a protective varnish that would be applied to wood that could be exposed to water. The sealant shields the tooth from acid and sugar, plus it fills in small pits and grooves that are naturally in the teeth. By filling these pits, you keep debris from finding their way in and making a cozy home there. If the debris found its way there and got stuck, it would feed bacteria and lead to decay, creating cavities in your child's teeth.

The earlier you get dental sealants put on your child's teeth, the more you are protecting them from future damage. Let your child have an extra form of protection as they learn to properly care for their teeth. This means that even if your child struggles to keep their smile totally clean, there is a backup already in place to protect the teeth. Just remember, dental sealants can wear away with grinding or sticky foods, so make sure your child is scheduled for a checkup every six months, and when needed, a reapplication of sealants can easily be done.

Importance of Filling Baby Teeth
Since baby teeth are not permanent, it may seem like there is no benefit to fill any cavities that appear on these teeth. They are simply there to hold a place and meant to fall out anyway, right?. However, baby teeth falling out prematurely can affect the health of a child's smile in the future.

By not filling a child's baby teeth with cavities, you expose those permanent teeth that come in behind the baby teeth to decay. This can damage the teeth before they even erupt. It can also cause damage to the sockets that the permanent teeth come through. This can cause the teeth to come in improperly, and leave your child's mouth not as healthy as it could be in the long run.
If your child has a baby tooth with a cavity, make sure to get it filled as soon as possible. It isn't worth the risk!

Soaking Your Toothbrush Can Help You Sanitize It
After brushing our teeth, we rinse our toothbrush to remove any residue, but that may not entirely remove residue on the bristles. If someone in your family is sick, you may also be wondering how to remove any bacteria on the bristles. If it's been less than three months since you purchased the toothbrush, you may be interested in sanitizing your toothbrush in order to remove any food particles, toothpaste, or lingering bacteria.

One of the easiest ways to sanitize a toothbrush is to use an antibacterial (or antimicrobial) mouthwash. Simply place your toothbrush into a small glass with the bristles down, full enough to cover the bristles with the mouthwash. Before brushing, rinse the toothbrush thoroughly, then use it as normal.

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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