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Pediatric dental concerns parents should know about

Starting early educating children on the importance of good oral health habits is vital to ensuring they have the proper foundation for healthy teeth and gums. The earlier a child is taught to brush, floss, and monitor their oral health and wellness, the more likely they are to carry these habits through to adulthood. Parents turn to Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics because our team is well-versed in helping New York, NY area families achieve and maintain oral health and wellness. We provide a wide range of services, including preventative, general, cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic treatments. But what pediatric dental concerns should parents watch for?

There are several considerations parents should make when looking at their child’s oral health and wellness, and below are a few issues parents need to be watchful of:

  • Thumb sucking – while sucking the thumb can give children a sense of safety and reassurance, it can cause a number of issues with the formation of the mouth and the alignment of the permanent teeth. Parents should ensure that their child doesn’t suck their thumb or use a pacifier after the age of one, and should turn to their dentist for help if they require assistance.
  • Nutrition – getting proper nutrition is essential for growth and development, but certain bad diets can contribute to the development of problems such as tooth decay. Snacks and treats that are high in sugar and are not removed from the surfaces of the teeth can contribute to the formation of cavities.
  • Periodontal disease – many parents don’t realize that periodontal disease, or gum disease, can occur in children as well as adults. If your child is dealing with swollen gum tissues or bleeding when they brush and floss their teeth, it may be time for an evaluation to determine if periodontal disease is present. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to restoring the smile’s health.

New York, NY dentists offer quality pediatric dentistry

If you are interested in discussing your child’s dental needs with a professional, now is the time to book an appointment at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in New York, NY. Our line of doctors can provide a wide range of quality services under one roof, including our in-house orthodontist and pediatric anesthesiologist. Call (212) 879-6518 to request a consultation visit with our staff at 800A Fifth Avenue, Suite #303 to get started learning more about caring for your children’s smiles!

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