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Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS
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Are Cavities Normal?

September 19, 2014
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Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf
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Since most of us have had a cavity at one time or another, we simply accept that cavities (tooth decay) are a normal part of pediatric dentistry. While it is true that dental decay is the most common childhood disease, most cases of caries are actually preventable with the correct precautions.

Pediatric Prevention

At our Bridgeton, MO dental office, we offer a full spectrum of preventative treatments for our youngest patients. While we remain committed to doing our part, we rely on parents to partner with us to fight childhood dental diseases.

  • Home care – You as parents hold the key to success when it comes to your child’s dental health. Regular twice daily brushing and once daily flossing goes a long way to protecting the health of your child from day-to-day. Your little one will need help with brushing and flossing until at least the age of eight years old because they simply lack the skills and attention to do the job on their own before then. For some kids, it could take much longer. Teaching them the proper techniques will serve them for a lifetime.
  • Dental sealants – Sealants provide a protective barrier between the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth and food particles. They are a clear, thin coating that covers each molar tooth protecting the deep grooves most susceptible to decay. Sealants are extremely affordable and last up to five years. You may choose to replace them at that time.
  • Fluoride treatments – Many water municipalities have fluoride, but it is not always at the most effective level for cavity prevention. We offer fluoride treatments in our office to strengthen your child’s enamel and help to prevent decay from food and bacteria. You can contact your water district to find the measurements for your community. Fluoride occurs naturally in all water sources. Detroit, Michigan was the first city to add fluoride to their water in 1945. The level generally considered effective for prevention of decay is .7 ppm.

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