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October’s Smiles of the Month

November 17, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Bret Jerger

If you're looking for a key to unlock your child's best oral hygiene practices, then the team at Jerger Pediatric Dentistry would like to welcome you to our Smiles of the Month Club! Any child with a checkup free from new cavities has their photo displayed on our special wall. We've strategically placed this display in a prominent place so everyone can recognize your child's accomplishment.

This recognition is part of our philosophy that your child's dental health can only benefit when we make their care fun.

If your child wants to join our Smile of the Month Club, you can help them maintain a healthy habit of brushing and flossing as we recommend. Your job as a parent is to set a good example by brushing and flossing thoroughly. Additionally, routine visits with their pediatric dentist for teeth cleanings and checkups are vital in maintaining a cavity-free smile.

Are you looking for a few tips to help? Here are a few:

  • Brush twice daily, and floss at least once
  • Consider a family brushing time before bed to make it a fun and routine activity
  • Drink plenty of water between meals to rinse their mouths of food debris and harmful germs
  • Minimize sugary drinks, and eliminate them before bedtime
  • Take advantage of toothbrushes with their favorite characters
  • Replace their toothbrush every two or three months

Preventive Dental Treatments Help Little Teeth Resist Decay

Along with regular tooth cleanings and checkups, Dr. Bret and his team can offer treatments that help protect your child's teeth and prevent cavities. The main options are dental sealants and fluoride treatments.

Dental sealants – We apply this as a thin, protective coating to seal tooth surfaces so that less plaque can build up in hard-to-reach places. This procedure is quick and easy. We begin by preparing their teeth so the sealant will bond effectively, and then we let it harden.

Fluoride Treatment – Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that builds up tooth enamel in places where cavities might form. While many kids get sufficient fluoride from toothpaste, municipal water, and other drinks, some children may require additional protection. To help, we can apply a fluoride varnish after a routine cleaning. Fluoride treatments can reduce tooth decay, remineralize enamel, and strengthen little teeth against tooth decay.

Your Pediatric and Emergency Dentist in Decatur, IL

Our team is here to provide routine, preventive, and emergency dental care for your children. We encourage you to discuss any needs with our dental team so that your child can be part of our Smiles of the Month Club with every visit.

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