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What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile. Preventive dental care for children includes:
- Proper nutrition and dietary habits
- Brushing and flossing
- Regular dental check-ups
- Assessing risk for developing cavities
- Evaluating oral growth and development
- Oral health education
- Protection against injuries
- Management of oral habits
- Guidance of erupting teeth
Your pediatric dentist practices preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry for children, in addition to regular dental visits, requires parental involvement with daily oral care at home.
Why is preventive dentistry important?
- Children with a healthy mouths have a better chance of general health.
- Oral conditions can interfere with eating and adequate nutritional intake, speaking, self-esteem, and daily activities.
- Severe decay can affect growth and development.
- Children with dental pain may be unable to concentrate in school.
- A healthy mouth is more attractive, giving children confidence in their appearance.
- Finally, preventive dentistry can result in less extensive and less expensive treatment for your child.