As a family dentist, it’s my job to create healthy smiles for all of my patients, from toddlers to great grandparents. My team and I look forward to seeing you in my Bedford, Massachusetts, dental office every 6 months, but there are things you should be doing in between appointments to keep your smile in… Read more »
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Tooth decay, often seen as cavities and dental caries, and gum disease are caused by colonies of bacteria that constantly coat your teeth with a sticky film called plaque. If this plaque is not removed, these bacteria break down the sugars and starches in the foods you eat to produce acids that wear away your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth unprotected and vulnerable.
In addition to brushing, flossing, and having regular dental exams and cleanings, having a healthy diet can help to protect teeth against these oral health problems. A well-balanced diet provides the nutrients needed for healthy teeth and gums.
As a family dentist, I know that good oral hygiene habits start early and have a strong impact on life-long oral health. Brushing habits and healthy eating are both good ways to teach your kids about the importance of maintaining a healthy smile, but what else is out there to ensure the protection of your kids’ smiles?
I am Dr. Robert Kennedy of Bedford Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and I am here to tell you about sealants and fluoride. Dental sealants are a thin, plastic film that is applied directly to the teeth, usually to children’s primary molars and other hard to reach spots. Each sealant is specially designed to fit your child’s needs during a fast and comfortable process. These sealants act as a physical barrier that stops any food or unwanted bacteria from getting stuck in the deep grooves that are common in teeth. They are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities and are incredibly safe, so I recommend sealants for the majority of my young patients. Also, dental sealants dissolve over time as teeth grow, so they never have to be removed.
Our moms have always told us how important it is to go to the dentist every six months, and here at Kennedy Family Dentistry, I tend to agree. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to the long-term health of your mouth, and therefore, your body.
Your mouth endures extreme pressure, intense temperature fluctuations, and about 600 different types of bacteria every day. Combine those extremes with the sugars, starches, and acidic beverages that are consumed daily and you have a recipe for dental disaster.