The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child be seen by their first birthday in order to prevent dental problems. For more information on children's teeth see: www.mychildrensteeth.org/education/faq/#19
Definition: Daily fluoride supplements (drops or tablets) are recommended for children between the ages of six months and sixteen years of age who reside in areas where the drinking water is fluoride-deficient (little or no fluoride in the water). A dentist or pediatrician will determine the appropriate dose based on the child's age and location they reside. Daily use of fluoride supplements is very effective in preventing cavities in children.
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Defintion: Sealants are thin, clear or shaded plastic coatings applied to the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of the first (six year) and second (twelve year) permanent molars in order to prevent cavities. Sealants "seal out" food and bacteria-containing plaque that tend to accumulate in the crevices of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and cause cavities. It takes only one visit to apply sealants. Sealants are only one step in preventing cavities...brushing, flossing, limited snacking and regular visits to the dentist are all essential to good oral health. There is more information on the
Definition: According to the Centers for Disease Control, "Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red, and they may bleed. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out."
Diabetes (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
People with diabetes are at higher risk for developing infections, including gum disease. Gum disease (Periodontal Disease can lead to tooth loss)
From the ADHA (American Dental Hygienists' Association) website: Symptoms of diabetes disease often appear in the mouth, while almost one-third of people with diabetes have severe periodontal disease. This is believed to be a result of the diabetic patient's greater susceptibility to developing infections. Conversely, severe periodontal disease may increase the risk of developing diabetes, and may make it more difficult to manage blood sugar levels. However, studies have found that patients who receive treatment for periodontal disease may be able to control the condition with less insulin.
Definiton: Have you ever considered how important it is to get your teeth checked regularly? Dentists recommend that if you sense any pain in your mouth they should be checked out as soon as possible. Tooth aches and other pain in your mouth can be early signs of infection or decay. If ignored, these symptoms overtime can turn into a more serious infection that can affect the other parts of your body, like the brain, lungs, and heart. Tooth infections can cause a person to become very sick and in rare cases, die.
Deamonte Driver: In 2000 Surgeon General David Satcher called dental disease the ‘silent epidemic’ as hundreds of thousands of children suffer from untreated disease. One extreme example happened March 2, 2007 when a 12-year-old boy Deamonte Driver from Maryland died from a tooth infection that spread to his brain.
Kyle's story: Another extreme example is Kyle Willis, a 24-year-old man from Cincinnati, OH who was a single father of a six year old daughter. He died August 2011 from a tooth infection. Being uninsured he waited until the pain was so severe and he had swelling in his face before he ended up in the emergency room. They gave him two prescriptions for pain and antibiotics. He could only afford to buy one, so he chose the pain medication because he was in so much pain. He later died when the infection spread to his brain.
ADA Definition easier to understand: The ADA states that "Early Childhood Caries is defined as the presence of one or more decayed, missing (due to a cavity) or filled tooth surfaces in any primary (baby) tooth in a preschool-age child between birth and 71 months of age."
Definition: The following links contain information regarding the specialized care that dental and daily care providers can give to people with developmental and physical disabilities (e.g. Autism, Wheelchair bound, Down syndrome, and other mild or moderate disabilities.)
Definition: Expecting mothers should develop good habits, including brushing, daily flossing, and avoiding foods high in sugar and acid, such as soda. Dental treatments are safe during pregnancy and dentists know which treatments are appropriate. However, it is important for women to let dentists know they are pregnant. Dental cleanings during the (second trimester) of their pregnancy give the most benefit. To learn more about dental care for expecting mothers please visit: