Children are more prone to dental decay and the resulting cavities than adults are. Our pediatric dentist in New Rochelle NY, Dr. Paul Roberts, wants to make sure that you are aware of the causes and prevention of dental decay in children so that you can be proactive in helping your child to avoid cavities and the negative consequences of them.
Dental decay is primarily caused by plaque, the filmy bacteria that grows on and between teeth, as well as at the gum line. It will develop to some degree under most circumstances, but to the extent that you can keep it under control for your child, the better the odds are that he or she can keep from getting cavities as a result. One way is with proper nutrition. Sugar is a catalyst for plaque. And it’s no surprise that kids love sugar. And it’s in nearly everything, even in condiments like ketchup and barbecue sauce, and otherwise nutritious fruit juices. Limit your child’s sugar consumption, and see to it that she or he brushes properly. Our pediatric dentist in New Rochelle NY will show your child the best way to do it for maximum effectiveness. The same is true of flossing. But because some plaque often escapes home oral hygiene and turns to hardened tartar, it is essential to bring your child in once per six months for a teeth cleaning, as part of a complete checkup. A cleaning removes plaque and tartar, and can even reverse early stage gum disease. Our pediatric dentist in New Rochelle NY also provides fluoride treatments and sealants, which form additional layers of protection to prevent dental decay.
With regular visits to our office, your child can enjoy optimal levels of oral health. Call us today to arrange an appointment for a checkup and cleaning.