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Prevention


We offer:

  • Effective toothbrushing and flossing instructions
  • Nutritional information about diet and dental diseases
  • Dental cleanings (scaling and polishing)
  • Preventive treatment for oral habits (thumb sucking)

    Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, talk to your dentist.

    Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:

    • Don’t scold a child when they exhibit thumb sucking behavior; instead, praise them when they don’t thumb suck.
    • Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety—thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
    • Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
    • Place a bandage on the thumb or a sock on their hand at night.
  • Space maintainers
  • Fluoride treatments in office and for home
  • Dental sealants
  • Custom-made athletic mouthguards for active children