1612 Gunbarrel Rd   |  Suite 102   |   Chattanooga  |   TN  |  37421


added on: January 14, 2019
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Because Chattanooga Should be Full of Smiles

Dental prevention goes much deeper than just brushing and showing up for dental visits. Prevention is a holistic philosophy and involves almost every aspect of your child’s life.

Sound intimidating? Don’t worry! We’re here to help and guide parents and children into making prevention an easy and natural part of their lifestyle.

    Effective preventive measure can include:

  • Starting visits by at least the first birthday or by the time the first tooth erupts.
  • Keeping up with regularly scheduled cleanings.
  • Brushing and flossing at least twice a day and assisting infants and toddlers until they can tie their shoes. This is a good measure for proper tooth brushing dexterity.
  • Never allowing babies and young children to carry a bottle, sippy, cup, or other beverage containers with anything but water in it. Prolonged exposure to liquids containing sugar or carbohydrates–even milk–is one of the leading causes of cavities in kids.
  • Focusing on a tooth-friendly diet and limiting sticky, sugary, and carbohydrate-laden foods and snacks to times when teeth can be brushed afterward. Constant snacking is another leading cause of tooth decay. If you are unable to brush after a snack, be sure to at least rinse with water to dislodge any food residue.
  • Utilizing professional preventive resources such as:
    • Sealants
    • Fluoride treatments
    • Sportsguards

Why Prevention is so Important

It may seem silly to focus so much on keeping baby teeth healthy. After all, they are temporary and will eventually be replaced by adult teeth. But baby teeth are very important! According to the American Dental Association (https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/baby-teeth) “Baby teeth …help him or her chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.”

What’s more, oral health issues can cause both academic and social problems for children and teens. When kids experience chronic pain from cavities or gum infections, it can make focusing in school and on homework really difficult. It can also lead to absences from school and other important childhood events. And that’s serious! The U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services states that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness!

    Even worse, oral-health complications can lead to:

  • Loss of social confidence
  • General health issues such as inflammation in the body
  • Poor nutrition because of painful chewing
  • Sleep disturbances and a lack of rest
  • Behavioral concerns as an effect of chronic pain
  • Poorly formed, crowded, or misaligned adult teeth
  • Speech-development problems

These are all things we are working to avoid and avert with our preventive dentistry. We are so passionate about it, we offer special Toddler Times to help new parents learn how to apply preventive techniques at home.

If you have any questions about how to protect your little one’s precious smile and keep it in great shape from infancy through adulthood through preventive dentistry and home care, please call our Chattanooga dental office. Our dentists, hygienists, and staff are always here to help.