Prevention for children’s teeth in NYC
Prevention is key for children in the NYC area to establish strong teeth, healthy gums, and good oral hygiene. This begins with understanding and implementing healthy habits at an early age. Regular checkups and cleaning reinforce routines that keep the teeth and gums in exceptional condition. Without consistent cleaning, tartar and plaque can build up and cause inflammation, which can lead to disease if left untreated. Diagnostic X-rays and physical examinations in our New York City office will assist in early detection of oral cancer or gum disease. The first visit should be at 1 year of age or when your child’s first tooth erupts.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay in patients of all ages. It can be found in tap water sources, foods, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and professional treatments from your dentist. Sufficient fluoride treatment is important for developing children to ensure they have the protection needed against cavities in their teeth. Fluoride treatments are available in our dental offices and can be applied in several forms. Supplements are also an option if there is an insufficient amount of fluoride in the water supply.
When food remains on the teeth, it is consumed by the bacteria that naturally exist in the mouth. The bacteria thrive on the conversion of the food into acid, which contributes to the production of plaque, or a sticky substance that clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque will harm the enamel of the tooth, weakening the gums, and creating cavities.
Tooth decay is a serious problem and can ultimately lead to infection, pain, and loss of teeth. You should begin teaching healthy brushing habits once the first tooth appears in your child’s mouth. Children under two years of age should not be left alone with toothpaste, and an adult should offer guidance with tooth brushing until they reach the age of six.
For more information on prevention tips, oral hygiene and teeth checkups for kids in the NYC area, please fill out our contact form or call us at (212) 486-1982.