From an early age, we are taught to take good care of our teeth, gums, and mouth. Often this can feel like a chore, but when your diligence is rewarded with a beautiful, healthy smile, it’s easy to see why proper dental care is so important. Your child will learn from our Bay Ridge pediatric dentist that proper dental care and hygiene can easily prevent future problems, such as cavities, gum disease, or tooth decay. Dental sealants, in particular, are especially helpful for our pediatric patients. Here at Fifth Avenue Dental Associates, we are dedicated to creating beautiful, long-lasting smiles.
In an environment that is lighthearted and fun (which can be unlike many other’s experiences at the dentist), our Bay Ridge pediatric dentist will establish oral habits with your child that last a lifetime. Our preventative program is designed to prevent new cavities, preserve restored teeth, and manage periodontal disease. This includes brushing teeth twice a day in a circular, angled motion with a soft bristled toothbrush, flossing every night, eating a balanced diet, and using antiseptic and fluoride rinses. Avoiding sticky, sugary foods can be difficult for our adolescent, sweet-toothed patients, but as your dentist will tell you and your child, the combination of all these practices is the best defense against tooth decay. At Fifth Avenue Dental Associates, we also offer dental sealants for our pediatric patients, which are plastic coatings that protect the chewing surface of a child’s back teeth from decay/cavities. Food and germs can get stuck in pits and grooves in the teeth. These sealants fill in the grooves, protecting the teeth from a child’s inevitable consumption of those sticky, sugary foods. Children can get them once their permanent molars come in, before decay attacks the teeth.
Sealants, daily brushing and flossing, drinking fluoridated water, and regular dental cleanings are the easiest and best way to protect your mouth, teeth, and gums from oral diseases. The earlier you start going to the dentist and practicing good oral hygiene, the sooner and better you will be smiling. We believe the best time to implement good dental habits and hygiene into part of your daily routine. By creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for younger patients, we are exactly the Bay Ridge pediatric dentist office where your child’s good oral hygiene should begin.