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Importance of Dental Hygiene and Fluoride Varnish

Have you ever wondered the going rate for a tooth from the tooth fairy? According to NPR Planet money, the research revealed that an average tooth receives $4.66. I wonder if these calculations are based on the quality of the tooth. Does a perfect tooth receive more than a tooth without cavities or one with soft spots?
Dental hygiene starts with the eruption of the first tooth. Healthy gums and teeth are very important to your child's overall health. This is why your child's pediatrician will talk with you about good dental hygiene even before your child's first tooth erupts.  
Once your child has teeth, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that he receives a fluoride varnish treatment in their pediatrician’s office to help prevent tooth decay. This can be done two to four times per year. The number of treatments is determined on how likely it is that your child may get a cavity. Of course this treatment does not replace good teeth brushing and dental hygiene in the home.

All of our providers here at Stapleton Pediatrics are trained to apply fluoride varnish and are happy to do so until she is established with a dentist and is seen by them on a regular basis. If your child is already seeing a dentist at a young age, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, fluoride varnish may be applied in a dental office instead of with your pediatrician. However, many young children do not have access to a dentist until they are older and therefore early tooth protection is an important part of your child’s well care visit in our office. We encourage all families to discuss this easy procedure with your child's provider at their next check-up. 

Read the attached link for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about fluoride

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