prevention

What about diet & snacking?

Check how often your child is eating foods with sugar or starch.  Foods with starch include breads, crackers, pasta and snacks, such as pretzels and potato chips.  When checking for sugar, go beyond the candy dish.  A variety of foods contain one or more types of sugar, and all types of sugar can promote dental decay. A food with a starch or sugar is safer for teeth when eaten with a meal, rather than as a snack.  Sticky foods, such as dried fruit or toffee, are not easily washed away from the teeth by saliva, water or milk, therefore, they have more cavity -causing  potential than foods more rapidly cleared from the teeth.  See our list of favorite snacks. 

What are sealants?

Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the back teeth, where most cavities in children are found. Our sealants are a BPA-free white-tinted plastic material that are applied to the back molars, routinely the first and second permanent molars.  Sealants "seal out" food and plaque fromt he very fine grooves and crecives on the back teeth that are most  prone to decay. Sealants can last for many years when properly cared for, which is most important during the most cavity-prone years.  If your child has good oral habits, sealants will last longer.

What is preventive dentistry?

What is preventive dentistry?

  • brushing
  • dental development
  • flossing
  • fluoride
  • oral habits
  • orthodontics
  • parent involvement
  • proper diet
  • sealants
  • sports safety

Why is preventive dentistry important?

Why is preventive dentistry important?

Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile for your child.  Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly.  They have a better chance of general health, because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body.  A healthy mouth is more attractive, giving children confidence in their appearance.  Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive and less expensive treatment for your child.

How do you prevent tooth decay?

How do you prevent tooth decay?

Four things are necessary for cavities to form: 1) a tooth; 2) bacteria; 3)sugars or other carbohydrates; and 4) time. Dr. Ozzie and her team share with you how to make teeth strong, keep bacteria from organizing into harmful colonies, developing healthy eating habits, and understanding the role that time plays. Dental decay is an infection of the tooth.  Visiting our office can help avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment.  Studies show that children with poor oral health have decreased school performance; children experiencing pain from decayed teeth are distracted and unable to concentrate on schoolwork. Click to download a fact sheet on the causes of tooth decay. 

What's the importance of primary teeth?

What's the importance of primary teeth?

Primary teeth serve a number of critical functions, including:

  • Maintain good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly
  • Are involved in speech development
  • Help the permanent teeth by saving space for them.

What about diet & snacking?

What about diet & snacking?

Check how often your child is eating foods with sugar or starch.  Foods with starch include breads, crackers, pasta and snacks, such as pretzels and potato chips.  When checking for sugar, go beyond the candy dish.  A variety of foods contain one or more types of sugar, and all types of sugar can promote dental decay. A food with a starch or sugar is safer for teeth when eaten with a meal, rather than as a snack.  Sticky foods, such as dried fruit or toffee, are not easily washed away from the teeth by saliva, water or milk, therefore, they have more cavity -causing  potential than foods more rapidly cleared from the teeth.  See our list of favorite snacks. 

What's the importance of fluoride?

What's the importance of fluoride?

Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Fluoride inhibits loss of minerals from tooth enamel and encourages remineralization (strengthening areas that are weakened and beginning to develop cavities).  Fluoride also affects bacteria that cause cavities, discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth. Risk for decay is reduced even more when fluoride is combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.

What are sealants?

What are sealants?

Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the back teeth, where most cavities in children are found. Our sealants are a BPA-free white-tinted plastic material that are applied to the back molars, routinely the first and second permanent molars.  Sealants "seal out" food and plaque fromt he very fine grooves and crecives on the back teeth that are most  prone to decay. Sealants can last for many years when properly cared for, which is most important during the most cavity-prone years.  If your child has good oral habits, sealants will last longer.