Protecting Your Child’s Smile

Halloween is almost here! That means sugar, lots of sugar. But what does that mean for your child’s teeth? And what if your child does have a sweet tooth, is there a way to keep cavities away?

We talked to Dr. Lindsey Wurtzel, of Wurtzel Family Dentistry, to get the answer to these questions and more. The expert dentists in their family dentistry practice offered great advice on how to reduce the risk of cavities and why it’s so important to care for your child’s first teeth. Dr. Lindsey also offered some great tips on how to prepare for your child’s first dental office visit.

You’re a family of dentists. Tell us why the Wurtzel family is so passionate about family dental health?

We are a father and two children practice passionate about treating families of all ages. Your teeth are important for your overall health, quality of life, and self esteem. My father’s first practice motto was “ We cater to cowards” and we want your first dental experience here to be a great one!

What are some easy ways to reduce my child’s risk for cavities?

Cavities are formed from weakened enamel which collapses to form a cavity and the tooth is progressively destroyed. Dental caries is caused by the action of acids on the enamel surface. The acid is produced when sugars (mainly sucrose) in foods or drinks react with bacteria present in the dental biofilm (plaque) on the tooth surface. Practicing good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and assessing your child risk factor for cavities are all important to reducing the risk of cavities.

Halloween is coming! Should my child have any candy?

Sugar snacks are up to every parent. Sugar in small moderation with good oral hygiene is okay; however be aware of how much and for how long your child is consuming candy.

Why are the Primary Teeth (baby teeth) so important?

It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for: proper chewing and eating, providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance.

Child’s First Dental Check? Here’s how to Prepare

Think about timing. It’s important for a child of any age who’s used to a nap to get one before their appointment. For older kids avoid cramming in a dental appointment right after day camp or school.

Make an older child a model. If you have two kids, send the one who is most comfortable with going to the dentist first to ease others fears.

Eat first. Make sure your child eats a light meal before getting in the dental chair.

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