- By Deborah Massenburg
- Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2019
It's Time To Visit The Dentist!
Children with their “little white choppers” are filling the hallways of our schools.
To help your child arrive to school ready to learn, it is not too late to schedule an
appointment with your dentist. According to the Center for Disease Control,
untreated tooth decay remains the number one chronic disease among children 5
-17 years of age. Yet, it can be easily prevented by incorporating a few healthy
A healthy diet that limits sugar is one change that will make a huge impact in
reducing your child's risk for tooth decay. Daily brushing and flossing should be a
family routine. Brushing in the morning before going to school and before bedtime
are important steps to reducing the germs in the mouth that are needed to create
a cavity. When buying toothpaste always choose a fluoride toothpaste with a ADA
seal of approval. Fluoride strengthens enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, and
helps to defend the tooth from tooth decay. No healthy dental regime is complete
without including regular dental visits for exams, x-rays, professional dental
cleaning, and addressing any restorative needs. Remember to ask your dentist
about dental sealants, a plastic coating that protect the services of teeth you
cannot reach with your toothbrush or floss.
Remember, children are unable to perform at their best when distracted by pain
associated to tooth decay. Taking care of your child's teeth before problems occur
is the best approach to having healthy teeth that can last a lifetime.
Please call (336)703-3204 if you need assistance with community resources. Our
public health dental hygienists with the Preventive Dental Health Program are
ready to help you gain access to available dental resources in our community. Call
Cleveland Avenue Dental Center at (336)703-3090 to schedule an appointment.
Medicaid, Health Choice, Ameritas Dental Insurance and cash payments are