Dr. Jubran and his team is dedicated to creating a positive and comfortable environment for every patient that visits his office. This is especially true for patients
that are children.
We like to see our young patients for a "Happy Visit" first with no treatment involved. This allows the child to become familar with our office, our staff, and the treatment they will receive on their next visit.
Think “Clean not Green.” Teeth should be clean so there is no leftover food on them for the bacteria (bugs) that live in your mouth to eat. Bacteria cause decay by eating sugary leftovers and turning them into acid. The acid rots the teeth and makes holes (cavities). Clean teeth have no sugar leftovers on
them and therefore don’t decay. Clean teeth = no cavities.
Brush your teeth twice a day. An adult should help at least one of those times until the child has the skills and dexterity to do the job well by him or herself.
Floss every day. Even baby teeth benefit from being clean, and nothing cleans between teeth as
well as dental floss.
Sealants prevent decay. A sealant is a hard plastic that is bonded into the grooves of the biting surfaces of back permanent teeth. The teeth should be sealed as soon as possible after they come in.
Fluoride really does make teeth harder and less likely to decay. Use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride prescriptions (drops or tablets to chew daily) come in different strengths and are advantageous for most kids. Even when the water supply is fluoridated, some additional fluoride is usually still a great idea since most kids don’t drink very much tap water. School programs like “Swish and spit” are also a good thing. For kids with a higher decay rate, extra fluoride rinses should also help.
Never put a baby to bed with a bottle of any liquid other than water. Milk and juices have acids and sugar in
them, and they can quickly rot a baby’s teeth if they are in contact with these liquids all night long. Water is safe.
Teeth are not tools; they are for eating. Don’t use them as package openers, wire strippers, nut-crackers, or pliers. Protect them. Wear a mouth guard if playing sports. Do not do piercings in the mouth – they can permanently chip, break, and ruin teeth.
Get regular professional cleanings from a hygienist or dentist (usually at least once every six months).
See the dentist. The first trip should be as early as age one. Most dentists prefer to wait until age 2 or 3 unless there are any problems or possible problems. Plan on a check-up about twice a year for most kids. These routine checkups give your dentist the best chance to diagnose any problems early, and make specific recommendations for each child. Remember -- prevention and early treatment are the best medicine.