Do not make the same mistake that some parents of young children make: Don't neglect your child's teeth just because they are currently on their baby teeth. Although their adult teeth will eventually emerge and replace their immature teeth, letting things go can lead to eventual problems when their adult teeth eventually develop.
Pediatric dentistry is concerned with many of the same problems as with adults. Tooth decay, oral hygiene, aesthetics and other concerns all play a role in how the dentist deals with patients. However, young children present special concerns, including being more anxious and fearful in such a strange environment as a dentist office.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County, our staff is trained to support and comfort young children so that they have a positive experience when they visit the dentist. We want them to be completely comfortable so that they make dental checkups a regular part of their health routine as they move throughout their lives.
Let's face it. Even adults do not eagerly anticipate a visit to the dentist. But as a parent, you need to maintain an attitude of calm. Feelings of anxiety can be picked up on by children and translated into them. Allow plenty of time to drive your child to their dental appointment so that it is as stress-free as possible.
Young children are certainly not immune to tooth decay. They harbor the same bacteria in their mouths that adults do. Bacteria can produce substances that eat away at the tooth enamel, leading to cavities that must be dealt with.
You don't want your child to have to undergo costly or potentially painful dental work when it can be prevented. Some steps that you can take to prevent tooth decay are to be sure that your baby does not keep their bottle when sleeping. Bacteria can multiply within the bottle when it has set out for a long period of time. And bacteria have more opportunity to thrive and cause tooth decay when the child has constant access to their bottle.
If you touch your tongue against the molars found in the rear part of your mouth, you should notice an irregular surface of crevices and pits. Known as "grooves," these formations make the teeth more vulnerable to harboring bacteria that can accumulate when food is trapped there. Even though regular brushing helps, it can still be difficult to keep these hard-to-reach places clean.
We can help by using dental sealants. A sealant is a thin coating that is applied onto the biting surface of a tooth to protect it from becoming decayed. It is applied using a small brush and bonded to the tooth. After that, it is dried using a special LED light, leaving a hard layer of protection behind. Your child can reduce their risk of developing cavities by 80% with dental sealants, according to the American Dental Association.
This treatment is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia because it is not painful at all. And no drilling is needed to receive dental sealants.
Some parents are concerned about the safety of dental sealants. You should know that sealants are completely safe and do not go inside of the tooth like a dental filling. This is an excellent and safe way to protect your child's teeth from developing cavities.
The purpose of sealants is to provide a covering for chewing surfaces located on the back teeth so that bacteria, food and plaque is kept out. Sealants basically are a type of shield over the molars, making it easier to clean them and prevent bacteria from thriving there.
Have you been letting things slide when it comes to your child's regular dental checkups? Although these appointments are normally mundane and routine, they give your dentist the opportunity to spot any potential signs of trouble when they can be treated easily. Dental problems that are left undiagnosed and untreated can grow into severe problems that require complex and expensive dental work down the road.
It's not too late to get current with your child's dental checkups. Please reach out to Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County today to schedule a dental appointment for your child.
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