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The last week of April is designated as Every Kid Healthy Week, and it offers parents and children a chance to learn more about how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. One aspect you may not think about right away is your child’s oral health, but in many ways it is just as important as other health issues, such as exercise and diet. One of the best things you can do for your child is schedule regular visits to a dental professional. Dr. Patrick Cieplak is a family dentist in La Plata, MD, and he can help you and your child learn how to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Here are some important elements of your child’s oral health.

Preventative Measures

Preventative methods are extremely important for keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent plaque and gingivitis from taking hold, and establishing a pattern of good oral hygiene with young children can keep permanent teeth healthy throughout life. Regular dental cleanings and checkups are also essential to prevent cavities and minor issues from becoming major concerns.

Gum Disease Treatments

Even with good dental hygiene, some children develop gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. There are many possible causes, including genetics and lack of nutrients from a proper diet. If your child’s gums are swollen and prone to bleeding, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cieplak right away for a diagnosis. He can determine the cause and extent of gum disease and develop a customized treatment plan to eliminate the bacteria that is causing the problem.

Schedule an Appointment

Every Kid Healthy Week in April presents a perfect opportunity to evaluate your child’s oral health and take appropriate steps to address any existing concerns. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cieplak for a comprehensive examination. He can evaluate your child’s teeth and gums, treat existing conditions and make recommendations to help prevent further oral health problems.

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