Extra Credit To Keep Kids’ Mouths Healthy

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The start of the new school year is just around the corner. This always brings a mix of emotions.

Kids are disappointed that the summer vacation has ended, but many are grateful to have something to break their “boredom.” Parents can be relieved but also nervous about their children heading off to school, especially if it’s their first day at a new school.

The good news is you still have time to earn some extra credit before the school year begins. Make an appointment at Milburn Dental Arts for a cleaning and take advantage of some of our other services while you are here.

Our dentist has been serving Millburn, NJ, and the surrounding community for years. He and the rest of our team enjoy serving you and your family.

Keeping Teeth In Place

Like a good education, oral health starts by building a solid foundation. In family dentistry, this means developing good habits at home (brushing twice a day and flossing daily) and visiting the dentist office a few times each year for professional cleanings and examinations.

Believe it or not, sometimes children don’t always clean their teeth as well as they should. This can lead to plaque and tartar buildup, both of which increase their risk for cavities and tooth decay.

During your family’s visit, a member of our team will remove any plaque or tartar that your kids may have missed. We also will polish their teeth so they look as nice as they can. (School pictures are coming up soon after all.)

We also examine your family’s mouths for any other issues that may be developing. You don’t want your kids to have cavities, yet more than half of children will develop tooth decay between the ages of 5 and 9, according to the American Dental Association.

The earlier we find this decay, the less likely it is to lead to bigger problems.

This is why we use the DIAGNOdent to check for cavities. This system uses laser detection to find decay before it can be detected with other techniques. Once we know the decay has started, we can treat it.

And early treatment is both less invasive and more effective.

Holding On To Their Teeth

Do you have any budding athletes in your family? If so, there is a good chance that they play what would be considered a high-impact sport.

And if they do, then they should be wearing an athletic mouthguard during practices and games. In the fall, field hockey, football, soccer, and volleyball all fit the definition of high-impact sports, and we know that basketball, hockey, and wrestling seasons will be starting before you know it.

It’s never too early or too late to get an athletic mouthguard, and the most effective mouthguards are custom-fitted to each of your children’s mouths.

Custom-fitted mouthguards have a couple advantages over the boil-and-bite mouthguards you can get at a store.

Our mouthguards are smaller, which makes them more comfortable to wear. Plus, they are less likely to interfere with breathing or communication between teammates than the bulky store-bought kind.

Speaking Of Barriers

After your children’s teeth are cleaned, we can add another layer of protection for their most vulnerable teeth — their molars.

You may already know that your molars are the larger teeth in the back of your mouth. These teeth have a bigger surface area, and they are in contact with food longer since than your other teeth since your molars are used to chew your food.

Bacteria uses the sugars in your food to make plaque, a sticky film that clings to your teeth. Plaque makes it easier for bacteria to form cavities.

If you look at your molars, you will notice they have ridges and crevices. These are locations where bacteria can hide, unfortunately.

To keep bacteria out of those places, you can add a barrier with dental sealants.

Sealants are made with a kind of plastic that can be painted onto the teeth, which allows it to cover the chewing surfaces of your molars. As the sealants harden, they add a layer of protection between your teeth and the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

It’s a low-cost treatment that could save you a big expense down the road.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Before the opening bell sounds, call Millburn Dental Arts to schedule cleanings for your family. Call (973) 957-1604 or fill out our online form to make your appointment at our dentist office in Millburn, NJ.

We look forward to seeing your family and your smiles.

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