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654 West Indiantown Rd.
Jupiter, FL 33458
Tel: (561) 972-8972
Fax: (561) 747-9133
We recommend children begin regular bi-annual dental checkups between 2 and 3 years old. We encourage parents/guardians to accompany your child in the back and sit by them during their visit.
It is important for parents to brush and floss their child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts and from that point forward till they are 8 or 9 years old. We will demonstrate some techniques during your child’s dental visit with us.
During these visits, your child’s teeth will be examined and thoroughly cleaned, removing all plaque, stains and calculus from the teeth, followed by a fluoride treatment.
It may be recommended that X-rays be taken, which will allow the doctor to look for cavities between the teeth. Around 6 years old, a panoramic X-ray will also be taken to access the growth and development of the jaws. We utilize the latest radiograph technology and lead aprons to reduce radiation exposure.
At the end of the appointment, your child will be given a new toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste and a small reward.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown (a crown is like a large filling that can cap a tooth, making it stronger or covering it). Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.
The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.
Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.
Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, talk to your dentist.
Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:
•Don't scold a child when they exhibit thumb sucking behavior; instead, praise them when they don't thumb suck.
•Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety-thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
•Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
•Place a bandage on the thumb or a sock on their hand at night.
Brushing/thumb sucking charts
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