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Cavity Prevention

Hispanic girl smilingProvided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is pleased to present "Healthy Smiles: A Family Guide," an informational DVD featuring Kristi Yamaguchi. The AAPD co-produced the DVD with Conrad Productions and corporate sponsor Royal Philips Electronics. Along with the DVD, an educational guidebook was developed to help parents and caregivers gain tips on how to insure a healthy smile and healthy child.

The DVD and guidebook include important AAPD recommendations, based on scientifically sound policies and guidelines. Immediate Past President Dr. Beverly A. Largent and Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Joel H. Berg were interviewed for the DVD. In the fall of 2009, the production was shown on television stations in five major cities: Washington D.C., Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis and San Francisco. Also, each AAPD member received a complimentary DVD. While the DVD is not for sale, it is a valuable tool to showcase in any pediatric dental office. To download the guidebook, click here.

Helpful links:
How to Care for Your Baby's Teeth and Gums
How to Brush and Floss Your Preschooler's Teeth
How to Brush and Floss your Child's Teeth

Quick Tips for Busy Parents

Brush Up on Tooth-brushing

Manual or powered, both can assist with keeping your child's smile cavity-free. When choosing a manual toothbrush, look for round-ended (polished) bristles that clean while being gentle on the gums. Choose one specifically designed for children's smaller hands and mouths. Look for large handles that can help children control the toothbrush. Be sure to brush your preschooler's teeth and supervise the brushing and flossing of school-age children until they are 7 to 8 years of age.

The AAPD recommends using only soft-bristled toothbrushes. Also, remember to throw out a toothbrush after 3 months or sooner if the bristles are fraying. Frayed bristles can harm the gums and are not as effective in cleaning teeth.

Sealants Can Seal the Deal for Healthy Teeth

"Sealant" refers to a clear or shaded plastic material placed in the pits and grooves of children's teeth to prevent decay. The pediatric dentist applies this invisible protector by drying and conditioning the teeth, painting on the sealant and then allowing it to harden.

The AAPD recommends sealants as an effective method for cavity prevention, especially for those children with a history of tooth decay. In addition, sealants are one of the most cost-effective means of preventing cavities – they cost less than half of what one filling costs!

Before sealant photo    After sealant photo

For further information on dental sealants, please visit http://www.aapd.org/publications/brochures/sealants.asp.

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