Pediatric Dentistry An Overview
Caring for your child’s smile early on is important for establishing healthy lifelong habits. Children who practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist at least twice a year tend to experience lower rates of tooth decay and oral disease.
Bella Smiles Roslyn is a pediatric dentist serving families in Roslyn, NY. The American Dental Association and Dr. Diana Pop recommend to bring your child in for their first dental visit as soon as their primary teeth begin to erupt, or by the age of 1. Early dentist office visits help them establish a positive relationship with visiting the dentist and sets a foundation for oral health. Dr. Pop and our dental care team focus on age-appropriate patient education and disease prevention to help your child enjoy their best smile.
How To Prevent Pediatric Tooth Decay
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry estimates that over 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds have cavities.
Tooth decay is prevalent oral health concern that affects children of all ages. Preventing tooth decay is essential for helping your child maintain their natural smile. Dr. Pop helps children look proper brushing and flossing techniques and can offer personalized advice on how parents can encourage their children to brush.
Children prone to tooth decay may consider dental sealants. Sealant gel is a topical application that Dr. Pop applies to the crowns and surfaces of teeth. The gel hardens as it dries and helps to protect the teeth from bacteria build-up that causes tooth decay.
Help your child maintain their natural smile:
- Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (over age 2)
- Flossing once a day
- Limiting sugary drinks and beverages
- Following recommended guidelines for nursing, bottle and sippy cup use
Maintaining your child’s primary teeth (baby teeth) until they are lost naturally can help prevent future dental health concerns. Primary teeth help your child develop speech and are necessary for allowing your child to eat a nutritious diet.
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If you are looking for a dentist office that offers pediatric dentistry in Roslyn, NY, consider Dr. Diana Pop as the dentist for your whole family. Enjoy the convenience that a family dentist offers and feel comfortable knowing that you’ll receive comprehensive, advanced dental care in a state-of-the-art facility.