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Don't Let Tooth Decay Damage Your Child's Future

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Though dental decay is completely preventable, it is the most common childhood disease. It’s not just a problem for kids, however. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of adults also deal with decayed teeth. Getting kids started early with healthy habits and a good dental care routine can protect their teeth for a lifetime.

Fluoridation in Water

A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride reduces the instances of childhood decay by up to 40 percent. Of course, fluoride in your drinking water is not enough to eliminate decay. That requires some diligence with oral care.

Brushing and Flossing

Kids are great, but if they feel they are being forced to do something, they might be reluctant to participate. Making brushing and flossing fun for kids can make it less of a chore. Try playing a song for two minutes or brush your teeth together. 

Also, it is important to note that kids will need some assistance thoroughly cleaning their teeth until they develop the dexterity and diligence required to get the job done right. Usually, about the age of ten, they can take on this important task for themselves.

Dental Cleanings

Our hygienists are a wealth of knowledge and work great with kids to help motivate them to take care of their teeth and to clean away any residual tartar. This helps to keep gums and teeth healthy. Regular dental cleanings also include a check-up and x-rays to rule out cavities. Skipping these six-month appointments might be just what harmful bacteria need to cause cavities. 

We make remembering appointments easy with reminders. If you like a specific time or day, you can even schedule six months ahead. Choosing the best dentist for your family in Indianapolis is an important decision. We are here to answer any questions you may have so that you feel confident in your choice of Shank Dentistry.

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