When we're talking about cavities, the key word is “prevent.” We can’t stop all cavities, but we can help create an environment in your child’s mouth that makes their teeth less prone to decay.
Healthy Teeth Start with Oral Hygiene
You can do this at home by helping your child brush twice a day and floss once and watching the foods they eat. Brushing twice a day and flossing once eliminate bacteria and leftover food particles that combine to create cavities.
You can never start oral hygiene too soon, and for infants, we recommend wiping down their gums with wet gauze to eliminate plaque buildup.
Dental Sealants and Fluoride Protect Teeth
Another way to prevent cavities is with protective fluoride treatments and dental sealants applied by your pediatric dentist. Sealants cover the surface of hard-to-clean teeth like molars, which creates a protective barrier from bacteria and helps avoid cavities.
When you pair conscientious oral hygiene with dental exams and cleanings at Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry, you are doing everything you can to help prevent cavities.
Schedule Your Child's Next Dental Exam
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends routine dental visits every six months, beginning on your child's first birthday. Even if your little one doesn't need treatment at that time, these routine visits help set the stage for a lifetime of good oral health habits.
If it’s time to schedule your child’s first dental visit or you have an older child who’s due for their next cleaning and exam, please call our Staten Island dental office. A member of our team will be happy to help you schedule a convenient appointment.