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Preventive Dentistry




What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile. Preventive dental care for children includes:

  • Proper nutrition and dietary habits
  • Brushing and flossing
  • Flouride
  • 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
  • Sealants

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.
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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.
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When should preventive dentistry start?
Preventive dentistry begins with the first tooth. Daily cleaning of the teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts. Visit your pediatric dentist at the eruption of the first tooth or no later than 12 months of age to establish a dental home. Early dental visits are the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and helping your child build a cavity-free smile.
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What role do parents play in prevention?
After completing a thorough oral examination and assessing your child’s risk for developing cavities, your pediatric dentist will design a personalized preventive program of home care for your child. This program will include brushing and flossing instructions, diet counseling and, if necessary, fluoride recommendations. By following these directions, you can help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
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How do pediatric dentists help prevent dental problems?
Tooth cleaning and polishing and fluoride treatments are all part of your child’s prevention program. However, there is much more. For example, your pediatric dentist can apply sealants to protect your child from tooth decay, help you select a mouthguard to prevent sports injuries to the face and teeth, and provide early diagnosis and care of orthodontic problems. Your pediatric dentist is uniquely trained to develop a combination of office and home preventive care to insure your child a happy smile.
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Information and stock photos on this page courtesy American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

General Topics

Dental Care For Your Baby
The Pediatric Dentist
Emergency Dental Care
Thumb and Pacifier Habits
Regular Dental Visits
Enamel Fluorosis
Diet and Dental Health
Sealants
Mouth Protectors
X-Ray Use and Safety
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Sealants Can Seal the Deal for Healthy Teeth

“Sealant” refers to a clear or shaded plastic material placed in the pits and grooves of children’s teeth to prevent decay. The pediatric dentist applies this invisible protector by drying and conditioning the teeth, painting on the sealant and then allowing it to harden.

The AAPD recommends sealants as an effective method for cavity prevention, especially for those children with a history of tooth decay. In addition, sealants are one of the most cost-effective means of preventing cavities – they cost less than half of what one filling costs!

More information on dental sealants >



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The pediatric dental office of Marsha Adler Gordon, D.D.S. and Wanda J. Janik, D.M.D. is located in Allentown, PA and provides your child with a fun and friendly environment as well as excellent dental care.