are sealants? Why do we need to take x-rays?
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a substance painted on teeth to prevent cavities
Fluoride is also in drinking water & toothpaste
It is our best & cheapest cavity protection
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/MWF/index.asp What does oral health mean and why is it important?
It is the overall health of everything in your mouth.
If you have poor oral health it can affect your speech, self-esteem & appearance
It also effects your eating ability &overall health
Toothaches prevent learning in school.
What is an extraction?
Pulling or removing a tooth
This is a last resort – saving the teeth is usually best
Are baby teeth as important as permanent teeth?
Yes, baby teeth are just as important
They help child chew & eat a healthy diet
Baby teeth allow the child to speak properly
They are important for looks & self esteem
Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth & prevent the need for braces
http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/body/teeth_noSW.html When should your child come for their first visit to the dentist?
1 to 2 years old – no later than their third birthday
If the mother or older siblings have cavities, they need to be checked very early