Your kind and friendly dentist, hygienist and staff will be glad to see you and make sure your teeth are free from sugar bugs so you can eat healthy food, and have fun with friends and family!
What can I expect during an appointment?
Your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums. Then, your dental professional will clean your teeth and may take X rays (special pictures of teeth), give your teeth extra fluoride, or apply sealants. X rays are pictures of your teeth and bones. A fluoride treatment is a gel or foam that is put on your teeth to help keep them strong. Sealants are thin plastic coatings placed on your back teeth--sort of like a shield for your teeth. Your back teeth are full of places where germs called bacteria can hide and cause cavities. When sealants are applied, they fill in these places so no bacteria can hide there.
Why should I keep my teeth healthy?
Healthy teeth and gums are important for many reasons. Teeth bite, tear, and chew food when you eat. Teeth also help you speak clearly. Many letters of the alphabet cannot be sounded without the help of teeth (try saying "healthy teeth"). Clean, healthy teeth help keep the rest of your body healthy, too. And a sparkling smile always helps you look and feel your best!
Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth healthy & strong.
- Ask your ESPRI dental professionals to teach you how to brush & floss correctly.
- Don't eat sugary foods (like candy) or starchy foods (like pretzels) in between meals. Instead, try eating an apple, banana, or carrot. Drink milk instead of soda.
- If you do eat in between meals, be sure to brush your teeth when you are finished.
- Show off your smile to your parents and friends, and remind your parents to bring you to the dentist every 6 months so you can keep your wonderful smile!