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Common Dental Care Needs for Children

Dr. Degel Sep 15, 2016

A family together on a couchHere at Astoria Dental Group, we want to help people of all ages who live in Queens. This means providing comprehensive advanced general dentistry for the entire family.

An interesting aspect to all of this is that different age groups have different dental health needs. Because of this, it's important to tailor treatments carefully. With that in mind, let's consider the dental health needs of children going all the way back to their first tooth.

Pediatric Dental Care Is Key for Lasting Health

Good dental health really does start in childhood for many patients. This is when a lot of basic treatments can be performed to prevent serious dental health issues down the road, and when numerous preventative and restorative procedures can be considered to improve overall wellness in the present and well into adulthood.

When to Bring Your Baby in for a Dental Visit

Parents should bring their babies to the dentist for the fist time within six months of the emergence of their first tooth. By bringing a child in early, we can begin to perform simple dental procedures and monitor a child's dental health all the way from the very beginning.

Teething in Babies

Teeth can be a source of soreness for very young children, which can cause some concern for patients. During these early dental visits for your child, we can provide some pointers on how to deal with teething in your child and what you can do to alleviate pain with mild and simple home remedies.

Tips for Parents

In addition to addressing teething, there are many other tips that we can provide parents with regarding different aspects of pediatric dental care. Some tips may include:

  • How to clean baby teeth as they emerge
  • Food and beverage do's and don'ts
  • Preventing tooth decay in emerging baby teeth
  • How to prevent thumb sucking
  • Weening a child off of pacifiers

Regular Checkups

Regular checkups are crucial for good dental health at all ages. We can make sure your child gets proper care every six months going all the way back to his or her first teeth.

Treating Cavities

As a baby or toddler gets older, they may experience a cavity or two. These can be treated with ease thanks to the latest techniques in dental restoration treatments. In fact, we can use new drilling and pain relief techniques to avoid unpleasant sounds and sensations for your child.

Creating Good Oral Hygiene Habits

The best way to deal with cavities, of course, is to prevent them from even happening. That's why instilling good oral hygiene habits in a child is an important facet of our dental care approach. We will work with parents to help them to get their sons and daughters to brush and floss regularly.

Considering Orthodontic Care

While orthodontic care is often best when all of a child's permanent teeth are in, there are treatments and pre-planning to consider. Prior to adolescence, we can do a number of orthodontic treatments to address underbites, overbites, crossbites, and ectopic canines. It's easier during these early years to consider and initiate orthodontic treatments since children are still growing and orthodontic care tends to be easier at this time of life.

Learn More About Pediatric Dentistry

For more information about dental care for children and how we can help you, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Astoria Dental Group are here to provide excellent dental care for your entire family.

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