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Visiting your family dentists in Alexandria, Virginia can help save your children’s smiles
The health of your children is very important, and so is their dental health. A vital step in ensuring your children enjoy healthy smiles is teaching them proper dental habits. Regular visits to your family dentist can help. The family dentists at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, Virginia offer a wide range of family dental care services, including dental services for your children.
So, what should you be teaching your children about proper dental habits? First, let them know how important it is to remove the plaque on their teeth. Plaque is filled with bacteria that can destroy smiles. Pediatric dentists often refer to plaque bacteria as “tooth bugs.”
Next, show them how to remove the plaque by brushing after meals and before bed. Demonstrate:
Gentle brushing in a circular motion, covering all the surfaces of the teeth and along the gumline. Always use a toothpaste containing fluoride for extra protection against tooth decay. Then, have your children demonstrate the technique back to you.
Next, show your children how to floss. Flossing can be taught when your child is around the age of 4, and your children should be able to floss without your help when they are about 8 years old.
It’s often helpful for kids to use a flossing tool. They come in kid-friendly shapes like dinosaurs and can help make flossing fun. Show your children how to wrap the floss around the tooth as they go down in between teeth. Then, have them demonstrate the technique back to you.
Don’t forget to set a great example for your children. When they see you brushing after meals and before bed, and flossing every day, it reinforces how important brushing and flossing are.
Regular visits to your family dentist need to start early. A child is at risk of tooth decay the minute the first primary tooth erupts in the mouth. A first visit when your child is young helps to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems later on.
A first visit should happen when your child is about 2 to 3 years old. This is a very important appointment because it helps forge comfort between your child and your family dentist, so appointments can be calm and relaxing later on.
Teaching proper dental habits and visiting your family dentist is vital to helping your children enjoy healthy smiles. To find out more about family dentistry services, call the family dentists of Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, Virginia at 703-823-6616. Call today!
Visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and needed dental work can do wonders for keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. But if you’ve seen or heard about infections occurring in healthcare facilities, you might be a little concerned that your trip to the dentist might expose you to one. Don’t be! You and your family will be out of harm’s way because your dental team has made protection from viruses, bacteria and other infectious agents a top priority. To highlight this effort, the American Academy of Oral Medicine commemorates each September as “National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month.”
As a healthcare provider, dentists have a legal, moral and ethical obligation to protect patients (and staff members too) from infection through what are known as “standard precautions.” These include barrier protection, disinfection and sterilization practices, and safe disposal of contaminated items.
But dentists and their professional organizations don’t stop with the minimum requirements—they’re committed to a higher standard when it comes to infection control. The bedrock for this commitment is adherence to an infection control checklist developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), updated regularly. This in-depth checklist recommends several best practices and protocols, including:
- Creating a written infection control plan that outlines all practices and procedures to be followed by the provider and staff;
- Barrier protection, including the wearing of disposable gloves, face shields or gowns by providers as appropriate;
- Proper disposal methods for used items;
- Proper hand washing and other hygiene practices before and after treatment procedures;
- Proper disinfection and sterilization of instruments and equipment;
Most licensing bodies also require that dentists and their staff undergo continuing education in infection control, usually every two years.
Because you as a patient have a right to know the details about your medical and dental care, you have public access to infection control guidelines and requirements. You can also ask your dental provider about what steps they take to protect you and your family from infectious disease. They’ll be glad to answer any questions you have to put your mind at ease about your safety.
The dental profession’s commitment to patient and staff safety has drastically reduced the risk of any infection. Rest assured, your dental visit will be beneficial for your oral health—and safe for your general health too.
If you would like more information about infection control in the dental office, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Infection Control in the Dental Office” and “Shingles, Herpes Zoster: A One-Sided Facial Rash.”