5 Things Every Family Should Know About Dental Health

When you have a cavity, the dentist removes it and puts in a filling. These fillings can last for many years, but some people get silver fillings removed because they don’t like the color. However, the process of removing a filling can weaken the tooth. Additionally, insurance may not cover the removal.

Jaw pain can be caused by stress, arthritis or an injury. A treatment plan for jaw pain should first consist of actions like exercises and anti-inflammatory drugs.Woman holding an ice pack on her cheek

Dental work can be scary for some kids. Talk with your dentist about ways to help your child stay calm. Tips for a successful dental visitcan include making sure your child is not hungry before their dental appointment and scheduling an appointment at the proper time of day.Boy smiling at his dentist

Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material applied by a dentist to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often.

Child getting a sealant

For children younger than 3 years, you should begin brushing a child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice. For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.