The 3 prerequisites for caries development, as described by Keyes and Jordan (9).
Most likely surfaces where cavities start. Enamel Dentin Pulp
Proper Brushing Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Brushing removes plaque from the buccal (cheek side) and lingual (tongue side) surfaces of your teeth. Plaque develops into unhealthy calculus
Proper Brushing Technique
Hold the tooth brush at a 45° angle to the gum line. (as shown in picture)
Move the tooth brush along the gum line in small round circular motions as if you are
“MESSAGING YOUR GUM LINE”
Brush the inside, top and outside of every tooth.
Brush your tongue, which harbors bad breath causing bacteria
Time yourself: It should take you 2 minto brush your teeth
Important pointers about brushing:
pick a variety of tooth brushes
brush together as a family
let your child brush their own teeth and you only ‘help’
play their favorite song or nursery rhyme when brushing
lay them on your lap for easy access
Proper Flossing If you are only brushing, and not flossing, you are only cleaning 70%of your mouth. teeth. Flossing is essential to remove plaque from the gum pockets in between your teeth.
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Before first dental visit · Do make dental visits a fun adventure for your child.
· Do not bribe your child to go to the dentist or threaten a visit as a punishment. (This could result in lifelong negative attitudes.)
· Do not let your child know of any anxiety YOU may feel about his dental visits. Act relaxed and at ease. (Your positive attitude in dental health matters is most important.) · Do not let others tell your child scary stories about dental visits. (Explain that he should ignore stories of others and depend on you and the dentist for information.)
· Do remember that primary teeth are important and essential for chewing, speech, for appearance and to preserve space for permanent teeth.
· Do not tell your child that the "dentist will not hurt," as this possibility may never have entered his or her mind. Also, avoid using the words needle, shot, pull, or any other words suggesting unpleasantness.
First Dental Visit · We will review the health history form with you at the first visit. · Your child will be introduced to our dental team and invited to tour the office. · The dentist will perform a head and neck examination and then evaluate the health of the teeth, gums and your child's bite. · Your child will then receive a dental cleaning and fluoride application. ** While your child may never think to cry, please try not to be upset if your child does cry. This is a normal reaction to the unknown, and we are trained to help fearful children through their dental experience. **As your child matures, part of our goal is to encourage their independence and promote their self-esteem, hence the request for parents to stay in the waiting area.