National Dental East Meadow is a family practice. We provide top-level dental care to patients of all ages. Did you know the American Dental Association states that children should visit the dentist by age one, or when the first tooth erupts? Doing so can lay a foundation of healthy dental habits that will benefit your child for a lifetime.
Why Pediatric Dentistry is Important
For whatever reason, some individuals are under the impression that baby teeth are not important. On the contrary, primary teeth are crucial to your child’s oral health. If food is not chewed thoroughly, it can lead to issues with digestion. Your child’s baby teeth help ensure adequate nutrition is being obtained. Additionally, primary teeth help your child develop proper speech, and they also serve as space-holders for the permanent teeth to erupt later on. Therefore, dentistry for children is just as important as dental care for adults. At National Dental East Meadow, we have the tools necessary to help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Pediatric Treatments at Our Practice
Like adults, children often require personalized care. That is why we take the time to get to know your child and understand his or her unique dental needs. We offer several treatments in pediatric dentistry. Below, we will explore a few of the most common.
Cleanings and Examinations
Just like adult teeth, baby teeth can accumulate plaque, tartar, food particles, and other debris. These irritants harbor bacteria, which can continue to grow exponentially if not removed. In addition to brushing and flossing at home, it is important to attend regular dental hygiene visits to keep the teeth and gums healthy.
If bacteria are introduced to the teeth surfaces, the enamel can become compromised. When the outer layer of the tooth breaks down, it is referred to as demineralization. Once this occurs, the teeth become much more vulnerable to cavities. Topical fluoride treatments can remineralize the enamel, making the teeth resilient against decay.
The back teeth – molars and premolars – sometimes have deep grooves in the chewing surfaces. Food and debris can accumulate in these areas, making them quite difficult to clean effectively. To combat this problem, dental sealants can be placed to shield the teeth from bacteria. To apply a sealant, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, and a clear protective liquid is painted onto the chewing surfaces. Once applied, the material is hardened with a curing light. Sealants are not a replacement for brushing and flossing, but a supplemental tool to help patients keep their teeth healthy.
Oral Health Tips
In addition to providing your child with dental care, we will also teach him or her how to brush and floss properly at home between visits. As a parent, try to find ways to make brushing fun. For example, let your child pick out his or her own toothbrush. You can also create a reward system to encourage healthy habits.
Overall, it is also a good idea to limit foods that are rich in sugars and starches. Additionally, your child should never go to sleep while drinking juice or milk, as it can lead to cavities and decay.
Contact National Dental East Meadow
To learn more about the children’s dental services we offer, schedule a visit at our practice. You can call us at (516) 962-2292 or contact us online anytime.