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    Visit These Sites to Learn More About Pediatric Dentistry

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Together, you and your pediatric dentist can help your child develop beneficial habits to maintain a healthy, dazzling smile for life. You can learn more about cavities and how to prevent them by clicking through these informative online resources:

    • Fluoride has been proven to reduce the risk of cavities and improve quality of life. You can read more about the effectiveness of fluoridated water on FluorideInfo.org.
       
    • Your child may receive a fluoride treatment from his pediatric dentist to give his teeth a protective boost. This article on Livestrong.com explains fluoride gel and what happens during a dental fluoride treatment.
       
    • The bacteria responsible for tooth decay can be transferred via saliva from you to your child. Check out this news release on NBCNews.com for more details on how to prevent spreading cavities. 
       
    • Drinking only bottled water may reduce the amount of tooth-strengthening fluoride your child ingests. Read through this article from Health.USNews.com for more information, and ask your pediatric dentist about supplemental sources of fluoride if you have concerns.
       
    • Are you looking for more ways to prevent cavities in your child? MyChildrensTeeth.org provides tips for preventing tooth decay.

    Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry offers caring and comprehensive dental services for children in the Long Island area. Call (516) 798-1111 to find the location nearest you and schedule your child’s first dental exam with us. We invite you to read through our blog for more pediatric dental health information.

    Cavities 101

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Your child’s dental health at an early age plays an important role in the development of his permanent smile. While brushing and flossing are essential for healthy teeth, other factors can contribute to cavity formation. Regular visits to your pediatric dentist will empower you and your child with the knowledge you need for cavity-free dental exams.

    What Are Cavities?
    Cavities, or tooth decay, are areas of the tooth that have been worn away. This decay is caused by acids that are a byproduct of the bacteria mutans streptococci, which live inside the mouth’s dental plaque. These bacteria feed on the sugars and carbohydrates that your child eats, producing acid that slowly damages the structure of the teeth. As the protective enamel is destroyed, bacteria can enter the tooth and cause further decay and infection if the cavity is not treated by your pediatric dentist.

    How Can You Prevent Cavities? 
    The amount of bacteria in your child’s mouth affects his risk for cavity development. Avoid sharing utensils, glasses, and toothbrushes, as you can transfer cavity-causing bacteria from your mouth to your child’s. Regular oral hygiene removes bacteria and acids from the teeth before they can cause harm. Clean your baby’s gums gently with a warm, damp washcloth. Once his teeth erupt, brush them twice a day. Encourage flossing once your child develops adjacent teeth, and use fluoride toothpaste after your child turns two. Children can brush and floss without assistance around the age of seven. Your child’s diet should be low in sugars, including natural sources of sugar such as fruit juices. Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth, lowering your child’s susceptibility to cavities. Ask your pediatric dentist about fluoride rinses or supplements for cavity protection, especially if your child drinks bottled water rather than fluoridated community water.

    You can learn more about cavity prevention for your child by calling Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry of Long Island at (516) 798-1111. We offer pediatric dentistry services with a focus on improving your child’s life with a healthy smile. Visit us on the web to learn more about your child’s dental development.

    Brush-a, Brush-a, Brush-a! Or how to find a pediatric dentist by Andrea Moore Paldy

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Andrea Moore Paldy quotes Dr. Bennet in her recent blog article! Check it out by clicking this link!

    A Look at the Relationship between Fluoride and Your Child's Teeth

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that plays an important role in the health of your child’s teeth. Fluoride protects existing primary teeth and is integral in the formation of stronger permanent teeth. Your pediatric dentist can recommend the right amount and type of fluoride your child needs as part of his early dental care.

    Fluoride and Tooth Health
    Fluoride aids in a process called mineralization, which reinforces tooth enamel on a daily basis. When your child ingests fluoride, it is carried through the bloodstream to become a component of his saliva. Saliva deposits calcium, fluoride, and phosphate onto the teeth to rebuild enamel that has been worn away by cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride also contributes to the future dental health of your child by strengthening his developing permanent teeth before they erupt. If your child is at an increased risk of developing tooth decay, your pediatric dentist may recommend supplemental fluoride to provide additional cavity protection.

    Sources of Fluoride
    Fluoride can either be ingested through foods and drinks or applied directly to the teeth. Children’s teeth can benefit from ingested sources of fluoride until the age of 16, while topically applied fluoride treatments are effective at any age. Your community’s drinking water may have beneficial levels of fluoride added to promote better dental health. If your drinking water is not fluoridated or your child drinks bottled water, your pediatric dentist may suggest fluoride supplement tablets. Topical fluoride is applied through toothpastes, rinses, and treatments received at the dentist’s office. Children should begin using fluoride toothpaste when they have learned to spit it out. Swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause a harmless condition known as fluorosis, which discolors the permanent teeth.

    Would you like to learn more about the role fluoride plays in your child’s dental health? Contact the pediatric dentists at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry by calling (516) 798-1111 to learn more. We are dedicated to providing informed pediatric dental care in Long Island for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Please visit our website for more information about our dentists and convenient office locations.

    Say Cheese! Smart Food Choices for a Healthy Smile [Infographic]

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Keeping your children’s teeth healthy involves more than simply ensuring they brush twice a day and floss. A healthy mouth starts with the food choices you and your kids make together. Your Long Island pediatric dentist can give you tips on how to make smart choices when it comes to eating. For starters, both you and your children should avoid sugary beverages like soda and juice and stick with water or unsweetened tea for refreshment. Did you know that even some natural foods are not great choices for dental health? Dried fruits like raisins can stick to teeth and give plaque a surface to grow on. Fresh fruits and veggies are essential for good oral health. Check out our infographic to find more smart options to keep your children’s teeth healthy. Please share and don’t be afraid to show off those pearly whites!

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