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Dr. Zak Downey Dental Care
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Guideline on Behavior Guidance
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry offers this guideline to educate health care providers, parents, and other interested parties about influences on the behavior of pediatric dental patients.
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Fluoride for Children
Fluoride treatment for children is essential to help prevent decay and helps them grow with a healthy dentition. The guidelines for fluoride are based on their age to ensure adequate levels are met. Children under the age of two should not receive any topical form of fluoride due to the potential of swallowing it. Many communities contain fluoridated drinking water and is adequate for children two and under.
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Amalgam Fillings
by Dr. Karnakova
Amalgam fillings or otherwise known as silver mercury fillings are composed of different metals including silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury as the primary metal. Amalgam fillings were widely used for restorations in the past, but studies now show they may have negative effects on the teeth and overall health. Some cities have even began to place a ban using this material for restorations.
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Children should have their first dental checkup within 6 months of their first tooth eruption or by their first birthday.
Dr. Kopel explains how important early dental checkups are.

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AMALGAM FILLINGS VS. COMPOSITE FILLINGS
By Dr. Kopel
Silver mercury fillings also known as dental amalgams have been in use since the 19th century. They are composed of a mixture of silver, tin, copper and mercury. They are quickly becoming obsolete and not usually recommended to restore cavities any more. Instead, composite fillings are now used. Composite fillings, first introduced in the 1960's have undergone many generational improvements and are now both strong and cosmetic alternatives to silver mercury fillings.They have the advantages of not containing mercury, are cosmetic and require less tooth reduction when removing cavities.
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FIRST DENTAL CHECKUP IN CHILDREN
By Dr. Kopel
Children should have their first dental checkup within 6 months of their first tooth eruption or by their first birthday. At this age only a visual exam will be done but early dental problems may be detected and parental questions can be answered. Early checkups also provide the child with a safe first experience. There are no hard rules on when x-rays should first be taken. If decay is detected in a visual exam then x-rays should be taken to see areas of the teeth that are not clinically visible. Otherwise, by the age of 5-6 when permanent teeth start erupting they should be taken.
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