A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, their caregivers, dentist, and dental staff to preserve your child's natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Dental caries (cavities) is the number one childhood disease. Trends in Health Status reports that dental caries is the most chronic disease affecting U.S. children. It is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hayfever. Preschool caries rates are rising. They have increased by 15% in recent years to 28% of all children of that age bracket.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene which includes twice daily brushing as soon as teeth are present and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your child's dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your child's oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and professional fluoride applications are also great preventive treatments that help protect your child's teeth.
Prevention helps your child avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having children with healthy, confident, beautiful smiles.