Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

Healthy Teeth Begin with Dental Care Diligence

Many Factors Should Be Considered When Choosing A Child's Dentist

The incidence of tooth decay is reaching peak levels among the youngest members of the population. Children as young as four years old are arriving for their first family dentistry visits with a number of cavities, some so severe that crowns are required. These daunting scenarios can be prevented with proper dental care techniques that are extended to the whole family. Regardless of age, you and your children are never too young or too old to implement dental care strategies for healthy teeth.

You can begin teaching your child about proper dental care habits even before their first tooth emerges and you should be an example, too—visiting an affordable dentist routinely and caring diligently for your teeth and gums every day.The following dental care habits can be used to teach your children about the importance of healthy teeth.

Begin basic dental care early.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, just as you can begin cleaning your baby’s gums shortly after birth, you should be taking your one-year-old to your family dentistry practitioner. The CDC reports that establishing this habit early is an integral preventive health measure that can reduce dental care costs by as much as 40 percent across a five-year period.

Avoid tooth decay caused by baby bottles and sippy cups.

Family dentistry experts and pediatricians warn parents about putting an infant or older child down for a nap with a bottle of juice, formula, or milk. This leaves a sugary film on the teeth that can do serious damage when paired with oral bacteria while your child sleeps. Not only can tooth decay occur, but untreated dental disease can adversely impact speech, learning, and certain aspects of growth.

Stop using pacifiers after age 2.

The use of pacifiers in the first year of life have been linked to preventing sudden infant death syndrome, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A pacifier is safe to use when putting your infant to sleep, but do not reinsert once your baby has fallen asleep. An infant’s dental health can be affected by long-term use of a pacifier, since strong sucking can impair proper tooth alignment.

Teach correct brushing and flossing techniques.

Although it may seem that baby teeth are not important, the care of the primary teeth directly affects the outcome for the secondary teeth. The gums and jawbone are tissues that support the teeth throughout life. If you don’t help your child properly care for their baby teeth, the risk of damage to this tissue rises significantly.

Visit an affordable dentist and find out how you can help your children embrace proper dental care for life.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in West Chester, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in West Chester. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of West Chester, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of West Chester.

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The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
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Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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