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By Annelise Hardin, DDS
June 09, 2020
Category: Kids Dental Care
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventive dental care is immensely crucial, especially for children who don’t really understand how to properly care for their teeth yet. As a parent, having your child attend checkups and routine screenings here at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC, with their pediatric dentist, Dr. Annelise Hardin, is vital to maintaining oral health.

The importance of proper preventive dentistry measures is further highlighted if an oral health issue is detected in advance during dental visits, as this could lessen the risk of your child developing any further complications. With this in mind, the following preventive dentistry treatments can greatly benefit your children.

Professional Teeth Cleanings

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly teeth cleanings for children. This is immensely important for avoiding tartar and plaque. You’re likely already well aware that smaller children can’t floss properly by themselves, so there’s a huge risk that plaque will accumulate between your little one’s teeth. Only the special tools used by your pediatric dentist in Chapel Hill, NC, can effectively get rid of plaque buildup and, in turn, prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is essential for strengthening your wee one’s teeth. Put simply, it bolsters the tooth enamel and makes it easier for the teeth to fight off bacteria and acids that cause cavities and tooth decay.

Dental Sealants

Sealants are translucent materials that dentists paint over the teeth’s chewing surfaces to help fend off plaque buildup and prevent cavities from developing and spreading to the other teeth. In most cases, dentists focus on applying sealants to molars that have particularly deep ridges. The procedure is extremely quick since the material hardens in less than five minutes. Once the sealants are in place, you don’t have to worry as much about your kids’ molars since food won’t be able to get in contact with deep ridges.

Aside from these necessary preventive dentistry treatments, your dentist may likewise recommend other treatments depending on your child’s overall oral health.

To Learn More About Preventive Dental Care, Talk to Us

Call (919) 967-2773 to schedule a consultation with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Annelise Hardin, here at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC.

By Annelise Hardin, DDS, MS
March 14, 2017
Category: Kids Dental Care
Tags: Untagged


February was National Children’s Dental Health Month and we at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry are excited to be helping kids all over the Chapel Hill and Orange County area by visiting schools, talking about dental health, and making sure that children have the right tools to keep their mouths healthy.

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the American Dental Association (ADA) announced the 2017 theme for the month: “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” What the ADA means by this is “drink tap water for the fluoride.”

Fluoride is a colorless, flavorless, odorless, safe additive to water that helps prevent tooth decay. It is added to the public water supply in many places all over the United States, including Chapel Hill. While consuming water with fluoride is a good and easy method of taking care of your children’s teeth, many parents struggle with getting their kids to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

In addition to brushing and flossing every day, there are other methods you can use to keep your children’s mouths healthy and keep them out of the dentist’s chair.

Cut Back on Juice

Lessening the amount of juice that your kids drink might sound like a hard thing to do considering how much kids love juice, but the effects of the sugar in juice actually speed up the process of tooth decay. You might have heard over the years that sugar is bad for your teeth, but what does that actually mean?

The sugars or carbohydrates that occur in drinks like juice tend to stick to teeth. Not long after ingesting juice, the sugars combine with bacteria in your mouth to develop acids. These acids waste no time in starting to break down tooth enamel and creating tooth decay. Cutting back the amount of juice your child drinks can help their mouths stay healthy.

Eat More Veggies

It will come as no surprise that someone who looks after the physical health of your child wants them to eat cleaner more nutrient-rich foods, even if it is your dentist. As an advocate for pediatric dental health, cutting back on sugary foods and drinks is always a good thing when it comes to your child’s teeth. That being said, there are several vegetables and other foods that can help your child keep their mouth healthy.

Leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are a great source of many vitamins, including calcium which strengthens tooth enamel. Vegetables like celery and carrots actually have a “scrubbing” effect on teeth, cleaning as you chew. They both are full of fiber and vitamin A, a vital part of gum health. Eating raw carrots at the end of a meal actually help fend off tooth decay by making your mouth salivate more.

Avoid Bottle Decay

It is quite normal to put a baby or toddler down for a nap with a bottle or sippy cup, but putting them down with a bottle filled with juice can be counter-productive when it comes to their teeth. Even giving your child a bottle with milk or formula when they go down for a nap can have long-term effects on their oral health.

What’s a parent to do in that situation? Giving your child water in their bottle or sippy cup makes a healthy substitute for milk, formula, or juice. As we said before, tap water is not only less harmful than juice, but fluoridated tap water can actually help protect your child from pediatric tooth decay.

Contact Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry for Preventative Care Today

On top of the advice here, you want to ensure that your child is brushing and flossing properly every day and visiting their pediatric dentist regularly for checkups. Make your child’s next appointment with Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry today by scheduling through our form or by calling 919-967-2773.