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not brushed away frequently enough. Acid collects on a tooth, softening its enamel until a hole (or cavity) forms. Regular use of fl uoride toughens the enamel, making it more diffi cult for acid to penetrate. Although dental research has resulted in


increasingly sophisticated preventative tech- niques — including fi llings, sealants and fl uoride, which provide a protective barrier — a dentist’s care is only part of the equa- tion. Follow-up at home plays an equally important role. Parents must work with their kids to teach good oral health habits. All family members should take good care of their teeth. T ose with lots of cavities can pass the cavity-causing bacteria to babies and children by sharing cups or utensils. As children grow older, their bite and the straightness of their teeth can become an issue. Braces may be needed if the perma-


Your partnership with the dentist can help ensure your child’s lovely smile


nent teeth are not aligned properly. T e average child needing braces will wear them for 24 months with costs averaging between $3,000 and $7,000. Orthodontic treatment begins earlier these days than it once did. Kids as young as age seven now sport correc- tive appliances, and effi cient, plastic-based materials have replaced old-fashioned metal contraptions. While wearing braces, it is important to keep all regular dental cleaning appointments and to avoid popcorn, hard candy, sticky foods and gum that can poten- tially get caught in the braces and be a setup for bacteria, staining, cavities and possible dental injury. Encouraging kids to use a mouth guard during sports also can prevent serious dental injuries. T ere are a host of dental services that


provide care to both insured and uninsured children. If you do not have dental insur- ance, contact your local dental society to inquire about community dental assistance plans and programs. To locate the dental society in your state, go to: http://www.animated-teeth. com/dental_insurance. Visit www.aapd.org/ fi nddentist or www.dentitst4kids.com for a dentist in your area. Your partnership with the dentist will


help ensure healthy teeth and your child’s beautiful smile!


Shacarah Fordjour, MSN, RN, C, CSN, CPNP, is a certifi ed PNP clinician at the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ, and works as a PNP for the Paterson Board of Education’s Depart- ment of Early Childhood Education.


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