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Why children’s first teeth still need to be taken care of

New York, NY area parents who bring their children to Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics may have a lot of questions about how to care for their kids’ smiles. They may wonder when it is a good time to start teaching children to brush and floss. They might think about scheduling their first dental appointment. Or they could possibly have questions about how important the first set of teeth really are. Our team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics encourages parents to take good care of the first set of teeth, as they are the foundation to a healthier smile when the permanent teeth arrive. 

Why should I care for my child’s first set of teeth? 

Many parents are wondering how critical it is to take good care of the first set of teeth in the smile, knowing that children are going to lose these teeth to permanent ones in the future. Our dental team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics encourage parents to understand why caring for this first set creates the foundation for better oral health and wellness over time. These teeth help children learn to speak, chew their food, and help ensure proper jaw development. When these teeth decay, it can impact the permanent teeth as well. It is critical that parents educate their children on good oral health habits from an early age. 

How do I care for my baby or toddler’s teeth? 

  • For infants, wipe gums with a wet washcloth after drinking bottles or breastfeeding
  • Teach children to brush and floss at an early age, but wait until the age of three to use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Educate children on when to brush and floss
  • Schedule children for routine dental visits which include cleanings and evaluations
  • Ask about protective options for the smile including fluoride applications and sealants

Do you have questions about caring for your child’s smile? 

If so, now is a great time to connect with the team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in New York, NY. Our dentists, orthodontist, and anesthesiologist work with the youngest patients and can provide the best possible care for preventative, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in children. The practice is located at 800A Fifth Avenue, Suite #303 and accepts new patients who call (212) 879-6518 for an appointment.  

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