Without proper and regular care, children of all ages can develop cavities. Not only does tooth decay lead to pain and sensitivity, but it also puts children at risk of losing their first teeth prematurely. This not only impacts the appearance and the function of the smile, but it can also contribute to early misalignment of the teeth. The team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to educate parents on the importance of quality care and routine treatments to reduce the risk of cavities—and disease.
How can I reduce my child’s risk of developing cavities?
Below are just a few recommendations on how to help children care for their smiles and enjoy better oral health and wellness:
- Checkups and evaluations on a regular basis. Parents should have their children seen on a routine schedule to ensure the team at our practice can monitor one’s oral health over time. Visiting a pediatric dentist regularly to evaluate the smile is the best way to reduce common problems. Children should start visiting their dentist when their first tooth erupts, and continue to see a professional for examinations and cleanings every six months after.
- Fluoride and dental sealants. Applying protective treatments such as fluoride and dental sealants can protect the teeth from developing cavities. It can be difficult for children to effectively brush and floss on their own, so these applications can provide an extra layer of protection to keep decay and disease controlled.
- Better nutrition. Children with a diet high in sugars and acids are putting their smile at risk with every soda and candy bar. An improved diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and minimizes junk food is best for reducing the risk of cavities.
- Education on proper oral health habits. Children are welcome to learn how to care for their smile with the help of our dental team. We walk children through the process of brushing and flossing, and encourage them to take good care of their teeth and gums between dental visits. Parents can also spend this appointment to ask questions about ways in which they can assist as well.
Protect your child’s smile from cavities and disease
Building a proper foundation and educating children on the importance of oral health and wellness is critical to keeping a child’s smile free from tooth decay and periodontal disease. Speak to our pediatric dental team today to learn more. Park View Pediatric Dentistry can be reached at (212) 879-6518 for an appointment, and is located at 800A Fifth Avenue, Ste. 303 in New York, NY.