Let’s Trend Towards Better Oral Health

Smiling BabyTooth decay is declining in everyone except among preschoolers. What can you do to give your kids a better future?

Before the first tooth comes in, wipe baby’s mouth clean with a damp washcloth. Once a tooth emerges, use a soft toothbrush twice daily for about 3 minutes. Kids are old enough to brush their own teeth when they can write their own name (which displays the dexterity required for brushing).

Flossing begins when teeth grow to touch each other. Try flavored floss, and check out those convenient floss sticks.

Choose fluoridated toothpaste. Use a pea-sized squeeze, pushed down into the bristles so kids won’t lick it off.

Sealants are credited with contributing to a drop in the rate of tooth decay. Once molars emerge, sealants can be applied to eliminate any hiding place for decay causing germs.

Snacks and meals can contribute to strong teeth as well. Replace sugar-packed processed foods with milk, cheese and raw veggies. And beverages (even fruit juices) are high in decay-promoting sugar, so quench your kids’ between-meals thirst with water.

Set a good example by eating and drinking healthy. Make brushing and flossing a family activity.

Dental exams should start before a child’s first birthday and continue every six months.

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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