Don’t let tooth decay ruin your child’s teeth

Protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay.

There is a concerning number of children who suffer from tooth decay. In fact, it is the most common chronic disease in children. It is even more common than asthma or hay fever. While children are growing and developing the skills that will benefit them throughout their whole life, children are missing an essential healthy skill, tooth care.

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A few Gateway Dental “Cavity Free” patients. Regular checkups and good oral hygiene can help your kids stay on track for health teeth and gums.

It is important to teach children how to take care of their teeth, not just for today but for their future. According to an article by the Academy of General Dentistry, “Children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth, as well.” This can lead to a future of painful dental visits, missed school days due to pain, and not to mention a string of heart and gastrointestinal problems that have also been linked to poor gum and teeth health.

Tooth decay can be prevented. By instilling proper eating habits, proper brushing and flossing techniques, and dental visits, you can protect your child from tooth decay.

Brush for two minutes, two times a day.

Brushing for two minutes, two times a day after breakfast and before bedtime is recommended. Children 2 years and older can use a pea sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. If your child is under 2, use a damp cloth to clean his or her gums and a soft bristled toothbrush with water. Make brushing fun! Set a timer or sing a song to help your child brush for the correct amount of time. You can find a collection of fun, 2 minute brushing videos at www.2min2x.org.

When your child is old enough, encourage brushing his or her own teeth. Just supervise to make sure that your child is thorough and using the right brushing and flossing technique.

Dental visits every six months.

Starting six months after your child’s first tooth erupts or by the child’s first birthday– he or she should see the dentist every six months. The dentist doesn’t have to be a scary place. By making regular visits to the dental office, it reduces anxiety and makes future visits less stressful. Your dentist can also check up on the development of your child’s mouth, teach you how to ensure good oral health and recommend special preventative care if necessary.

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Promote healthy eating habits.

Yes, this step might seem easier said than done. Kids (and adults) love sugary snacks and drinks, but they are a major tooth decay offender. Sugar can break down tooth enamel, get between cracks in teeth and cause decay. Limit the number of snacks and drinks that contain a lot of sugar and offer a variety of fruits and vegetables instead. An apple a day really does keep cavities at bay.

Lead by example.

Your child looks up to you, so the best way to ensure your child develops the health habits necessary to stay health, is to practice the healthy habits yourself. Brushing and flossing your teeth with your child will teach him or her the importance of good oral hygiene. Not only do you get the joy of watching your child grow up healthy, you get the benefit of also living healthy. So whether you are enjoying a healthy snack, going to the dentist, or brushing and flossing your teeth, your child will too.

Are you concerned about your child’s oral health?

If your child is complaining about tooth pain, or if you notice any  problems with your child’s teeth, it is important to get any concerns checked out by your dentist immediately. There could be a serious problems that needs immediate attention.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment in Sacramento, give us a call at 916-649-0249 and get on the road to healthy teeth and gums today!

Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry is Now Providing Braces for Patients

Dr. Truong continues her commitment to keep patient costs down by providing Braces by FastBraces® for patientsImage

SACRAMENTO, CA- Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry introduced a one-of-a-kind braces technology that results in faster results for straight teeth. Braces by FastBraces® can provide results from 3 months to about a year. The shorter treatment equals to fewer visits to the dentist. Traditional braces take about 2 to 4 years and require frequents visits to the orthodontist. Being able to provide braces in the office keeps costs down to patients who, in the past, would have to be referred to a specialist’s office, which leads to extra costs for the patients.

Straight teeth are not only for a beautiful smile, but a healthier smile. Aligned teeth with proper spacing not only keeps teeth from breaking or having uneven wear, but it is also important for gum and heart health. Crowding teeth can be hard to clean, this can lead or excessive plaque buildup, the main reason for gum disease. In recent studies, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

“There are many options when it comes to straightening teeth. I chose the FastBraces® technology because my adult patients can get a straight smile without wearing braces for years. A big drawback for many adults is the length of time of wearing traditional braces. I’m happy to provide them a solution. ”  said Dr. Truong when asked why she wanted to provide this service to patients instead of referring them out to other offices for braces.

Dr. Hoang Truong is the CEO and main dental provider at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Dr. Truong has been committed to providing patients with the best treatment options. Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry provides quality dental care with friendliness and professionalism.

To find out more about the benefits of straight teeth, visit www.GatewayOaksDental.com or you can Schedule your Free Consultation.To find out more about the FastBraces® technology, visit www.Fastbraces.com.

Would you like Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry to visit your business or health fair to talk more about Fastbraces®? Contact our Office Manager Kristen Vice at kristenvice@live.com.