Your child’s oral health habits can impact their teeth for years. That’s why protecting and caring for their teeth from a young age is vital. Teaching kids how to properly clean and floss their teeth is essential, but there is still more you can do.
Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers preventive dentistry treatments to help your children prevent common dental problems that could affect them later in life. If you want to help your child achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles, read on to learn more about our preventive dentistry treatments.
What Preventive Dentistry Treatments Are Available for Your Child?
Preventive dentistry is a type of dental treatment that focuses on keeping your mouth healthy. Our preventive dentistry services in NYC include:
Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the teeth to protect against cavities. They are made up of a plastic material that feels natural and smooth on the teeth, so your child won’t feel uncomfortable.
The crevices and groves in the teeth are susceptible to decay because they can be hard to reach when brushing, especially if your child struggles to maintain their oral hygiene. The sealants settle into these grooves, creating a layer between the teeth and bacteria that leads to plaque and tooth decay.
Dental sealants can be applied to children as young as six years old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they protect against 80% of cavities for two years and up to 50% of cavities for four years.
Fluoride treatments involve applying a gel-like substance to the teeth, which hardens and protects the teeth against decay. Fluoride is a natural substance found in water, toothpaste, and certain foods. Typically, these sources can supply children with their recommended daily amount of fluoride. However, fluoride treatments can increase protection in some cases.
Regular dental cleanings ensure your child’s teeth are cleaned properly and teach them healthy oral hygiene habits. During this time, their dentist can also identify any dental concerns before they progress.
Schedule a Preventive Treatment in NYC
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we personalize your child’s preventive treatment to their needs to support healthy development throughout their life. If you’re interested in learning more about preventive dentistry options in NYC, contact our office at 212-879-6518.