Dr. Melissa Kenfield has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering preventing dental problems.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Kenfield has averaged 60+ continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of Indiana are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
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Preventative dentistry plays a crucial role in maintaining your oral health. By marrying diligent oral hygiene habits with regular dental check-ups, you can keep dental issues at bay and avoid costly treatments down the line.
Bacteria exist in every mouth. While some bacteria are harmless, others can wreak havoc on your oral tissues. Dental issues such as cavities and gum disease arise when harmful bacteria begin to form a layer of dental plaque on the surface of your teeth and gums. This plaque, combined with the sugars and starches you consume, creates acid that erodes the protective layers of your oral tissues. The acid compromises the enamel – the teeth’s defense mechanism against decay – leaving them susceptible. Similarly, bacteria can invade your gums, triggering inflammation and leading to gum and periodontal diseases.
Individuals of all ages are at risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Hence, establishing a robust oral hygiene routine should start early in childhood and continue through all life stages.
Preventive Measures for Children
Almost half of the children under 11 years of age have experienced cavities in their primary teeth, and 32% between 9 and 11 years have decay in their permanent teeth.
These statistics are concerning for parents, prompting us to emphasize the significance of proactive dentistry in children. Young kids, especially, are highly susceptible to cavities and gum disease. The diets of babies and young children often comprise sugary fruit juices and formulas that accelerate tooth decay.
Implementing preventive dentistry practices in young children can help in the early detection of dental issues, thereby preventing severe conditions that typically entail expensive treatments.
Dr. Kenfield recommends scheduling your child’s first dental examination before they turn one and arranging for regular check-ups thereafter.
Typically, these check-ups will include:
Before their child’s first dental visit, parents can assist with the following:
Preventive Measures for Teens
As children transition into their teenage years, the threat of cavities persists, and parental guidance remains crucial. Instilling in teens the importance of maintaining optimal dental hygiene and establishing healthy habits is essential for their oral and overall health. It is equally vital for parents to ensure their children continue to have routine cleanings and check-ups every six months. Dr. Kenfield is committed to helping every teen patient maintain a bright and healthy smile.
Additional advice for parents includes:
Preventive Measures for Adults
While monitoring your children’s oral health is critical, so too is looking after your own. Here are some guidelines to help you maintain a radiant, healthy smile and avoid serious dental conditions: