The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
May 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Think those six-month dental cleanings aren’t necessary? Think again!preventative dentistry

Why wait until you need dental fillings or gum disease treatment when prevention is even better than finding a cure. Here at Cosmic Kids Dentistry, our Lake Havasu City, AZ, family dentist believes that it’s so much more important to give your child’s smile the easy, simple and painless care it needs every so often to prevent decay and gum disease from affecting your little one in the future.

What does preventive dentistry entail?

Besides visiting our Lake Havasu dentist every six month for cleanings and care, there are other ways to keep your child’s smile healthy including:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Replacing your child’s toothbrush head every 3-4 months
  • Eating a healthy diet (avoiding sugar, sports drinks and refined carbs)

These are pretty simple habits to adopt, but to ensure that your child is actually keeping up with their oral routine as they get older, it’s important that you start them early. They lead by example, so make sure you are taking enough time out of your daily routine to maintain your own oral hygiene. These are also great times to bond with your little one while also protecting against decay and gum disease together. Making brushing and flossing a family affair!

In the beginning, you’ll be brushing and flossing your child’s smile for them until they are old enough to do it themselves (usually around 7 or 8 years old). Even once they take the reins, you will still want to monitor them closely to make sure they are doing a good job. If you have questions about how to care for your child’s smile or how to teach them proper techniques, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Lake Havasu, AZ, general dentist anytime.

Also, the next time your child is in the office, talk to us about whether fluoride treatment or dental sealants might also be preventive options to prevent decay in your child’s growing smile and improve their oral health.

Do you need to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning with us? If so, don’t hesitate to call Cosmic Kids Dentistry in Lake Havasu City, AZ. We have a variety of times to suit you and your little one’s busy schedules.