When you bring your child in for a visit to us at Queens Children Dentist once per six months, you are doing something so simple, and yet so crucial, to looking after his or her oral health. Preventive dental care means fewer problems, less need for treatment, less pain, and stronger teeth and gums.
Between twice-yearly checkups at our Woodhaven pediatric dental office, you should keep a watch on your child’s sugar consumption. It is sugar that promotes dental plaque, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. Some products are obvious, such as candy, soda, and cake, but even items like bottled salad dressing, “plain” cereals such as corn flakes, and ketchup have added sugars. And don’t be misled because no-sugar added fruit juices still have plenty of “natural” sugar. Not only are brushing and flossing daily key to oral wellness, but they need to be done effectively. Our Woodhaven pediatric dental office is pleased to show your child how to do so. Most, if not all, plaque is removed with brushing and flossing, but when some escapes your child’s oral hygiene, it turns into hardened tartar that can only be efficiently eradicated with a professional teeth cleaning every six months. That very same teeth cleaning reverses the effects of early stage gum disease, also called gingivitis. And even if a cavity has formed, preventive care means filling it now so that it does not grow and put your child at risk for a toothache or early tooth loss. You can also take advantage of sealants and fluoride treatments, both of which do a magnificent job of cavity prevention, acting as a supplement to the other aspects of dental maintenance.
Reach out to our Woodhaven pediatric dental office now and let us set up a time for you to bring your child in for an exam and cleaning.