Knoxville and Maryville, TN
Do you know what the most common chronic disease in America is? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is tooth decay or as we know them as dental cavities. Tooth decay or dental cavities are an epidemic affecting half of all first graders in America and a whopping 80 percent of the population by the time they’ve turned 10 years old. A 2016 study by Delta Dental Plans Association found that 30 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 12 had missed school time because of an oral health problem—which is classified differently from a regularly scheduled dental appointment. The total numbers are staggering, with the total number of missed full school days due to oral health issues reported to be more than 9 million.
As parents, you want the best for your children. That’s why Crestview Dental Care offers a comprehensive set of services targeted to set up your child for a lifetime of good oral health.
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
The best way to combat tooth decay is to make oral health a priority for children at an early age. We suggest introducing cleaning the gums at infancy. Parents ultimately are responsible for making sure their children practice good dental hygiene which should include brushing at least twice each day, flossing daily, practicing good nutrition, limiting sugar intake, and maintaining a schedule of visits to the dentist every six months for prevention, a check-up, and a professional dental cleaning. At Crestview Dental Care, we are here to help you and your entire family.
Our pediatric dentistry services address all oral health issues.
Our services for kids prevention and care include:
- Early intervention with orthodontic appliances
- Airway screenings for your children
- Orofacial disorders (myofunctional therapy)
- Tongue- and lip-tie therapy
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Porcelain dental crowns
- Orthodontic treatment for teens, including ClearCorrect
- Sports guards
- Fluoride treatments
An optimal oral health routine for children should include the following:
- For infants, thoroughly cleaning the gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth
- For babies, gently brushing erupted teeth with a small, soft-bristled brush and a pea-sized quantity of non-fluoridated toothpaste. Never send your baby to bed with a bottle.
- For children age 2-3, teaching proper brushing techniques and begin flossing.
- For children age 7-8, teaching gentle flossing techniques and begin use of a cavity-fighting, alcohol-free mouth rinse.
- Making two to three visits to your dentist each year for cavities in primary teeth, routine dental cleanings, fluoride, and sealants to seal out cavities, oral hygiene education as well as prevention of possible developmental problems. These visits should begin after the first baby tooth emerges from the gum line or by the first birthday—whichever happens first.
- Encouraging children to discuss any fears they may have about dental visits, but without mentioning words such as “pain” or “hurt,” as that may only create more anxiety.
If you’d like to put your child on the road to good oral health, contact Crestview Dental Care today at (865) 982-1700. We are a family dental practice that welcomes patients of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.