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3 Tips for Keeping Teeth Healthy for a Lifetime

Tooth decay and gum disease impact adults as well as a significant number of children. Although oral disease has declined among the adult population, rates have soared among young children. Adherence to proper dental care begins at a very young age. You can begin teaching your children about healthy dental care habits long before their first tooth arrives. You have the ability to help your children protect the health of their teeth and gums for a lifetime, giving them years and years of a beautiful smile. Learn the best ways to teach your children about keeping their teeth healthy.

1. Teach children early. Twenty-five percent of children are showing signs of tooth decay before they even enter kindergarten—a startling statistic that is largely preventable. Even more alarming is the fact that half of all children between the ages of 12 and 15 have cavities. These stats may be related to poor dental care habits across all age groups. Many people don’t realize that oral hygiene isn’t just about the teeth, it includes the gums and jawbone, too.  This means caring for your child’s teeth can begin shortly after birth. You can wipe your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or piece of gauze after feeding and familiarizing your baby with the sensation of good dental care. As early as age two, family dentistry experts recommend allowing kids to try brushing for themselves. However, parents should supervise to ensure that clean teeth and good dental care habits develop.

2. Ask about sealants. Dental sealants can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ask your family dentistry professionals about dental sealants. These plastic protective coatings for teeth can ward off decay in fissures and pits in the mouth and last as long as ten years.

3. Use the right amount of fluoride. Fluoride has been the single greatest advancement in dentistry in the last century. It has been shown to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay effectively. In the 1930s, the discovery led lawmakers to add fluoride to the public water system in most cities. Today three out of four Americans enjoy fluoridated water from their public water sources, and tooth decay has declined substantially. If your water isn’t fluoridated, talk to your dentist about affordable fluoride treatments. ADA-approved toothpastes and mouthwashes also contain fluoride. However, be cautious when choosing dental care products for young children—too much fluoride before the age of six can lead to tooth discoloration.

Brushing and flossing daily, along with bi-annual visits to an affordable dentist can ensure that your child learns dental care habits that will give him or her a beautiful smile for life.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania today at or make an appointment.


Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Philadelphia. With 8 affiliated practices in the Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania.

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