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Petersen Family Dentistry
123 West Francis Avenue, Suite 104
Spokane, WA 99205
Dental Health
Why Good Dental Health is Important
According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay, affecting 50 percent of first-graders and 80 percent of 17-year-olds. Good oral hygiene and early preventative measures may avert problems, which may affect a child's health, well-being, self-image and overall achievement.

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children practice good dental hygiene and they should introduce proper oral care early in a child's life. The American Dental Hygiene Association states that a good oral hygiene routine for children includes:

•  Thoroughly cleaning your infant's gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth, which stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
•  Gently brushing your baby's erupted teeth with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
•  Teaching your child at age 2 or 3 about proper brushing techniques. By age 7 or 8, the child should be taught proper flossing technique as well.
•  Regular visits to the dentist to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
•  Encouraging your child to discuss any fears they may have about oral health visits, but not mentioning words like "pain" or "hurt," since this may instill negative connotations in the child's thought process.
•  Determining if the water supply that serves your home is fluoridated, and if not, giving the child daily fluoride supplements as recommended by your dentist.

How to Maintain Good Dental Health
In order to maintain good oral health, it is important to brush your teeth for about 2 minutes 2-3 times per day. Flossing is also important because it removes debris that gathers between the teeth, which is an area where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Regular visits to the dentist (we recommend once every 6 months for most people) are also important in maintaining good oral health.

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