Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Healthy Dental Care Habits for Kids to Fight Cavities

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Kids will be kids, which means you have to be the parent, helping your child develop good dental care habits to fight cavities and reduce the risk of gum disease. It’s a startling statistic that tooth decay is the number-two most-common health condition in the U.S., falling just behind the common cold. That means that it is extremely important to ensure that your child practices good daily dental care habits, including twice daily brushing (or, even better, brushing after every meal) and eating healthy foods that promote healthy teeth. And don’t forget the importance of the bi-annual visits to your family dentist in Abington. 

Cavity Prevention 

Drink Tap Water. Many people believe that bottled water is better for you than tap water, but recent studies have shown that the bottled water contains dangerous chemicals from the plastic and can damage the body. Filtered tap water, however, is not filled with chemicals and in most cities has fluoride to help fight cavities and protect your child’s teeth. 

Limit Juice Drinks. Even fruit juices have a significant amount of sugar. Aside from the well-established impact of sugary drinks on a child’s overall health, juice drinks are also very acidic, leading to tooth decay and erosion. If you give your child juice, limit the number of servings and always dilute it with plenty of water.  

Monitor Sugar-Filled Treats
. Choosing the right sweets can make all the difference in your child’s oral health. You don’t want to deprive your child of occasional sweet treats, so instead of serving cookies that crumble with every bite and get stuck between teeth, consider plain chocolate. It is less likely to cause decay because saliva tends to easily wash away chocolate. 

Avoid Bottles at Bedtime. Never give your child a bottle of milk or juice at bedtime. The acids in these drinks remain in your child’s mouth and can eat away at the tooth enamel, not only damaging baby teeth, but potentially causing problems with his or her adult teeth. 

Consider Tooth Sealants. Your family dentistry expert can apply tooth sealants, which are clear or shaded coatings that will protect your child’s dental health if he or she has deeply grooved molars. Grooved and pitted surfaces of teeth trap food particles and are where most children’s cavities are found. A dentist in Abington can seal the teeth of children as young as 2½ years old, but it is recommended that children be old enough to sit still during the procedure. Teeth with cavities or decay must never be sealed.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS. 

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Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
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Good experience. Well explained.
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Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
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Very kind and great service.
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excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
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