As a kid friendly dentist in Green Brook we treat children of all ages including preschooler and elementary age children, for their first checkup, at her art of dental care office. Toddlers and Preschoolers get their first check-up, older children come for regular exams and dental prophy. We realize that some parents do not bring their child to the dentist until they are much older. This may be a mistake. Your child can develop cavities as early as 2-3 years old and visiting our kid friendly dentist office, is one way to help prevent your child’s teeth from getting cavities.
What You Should Know
As a parent, you naturally want the best for your child. Many parents are unaware of how oral health and dental care plays into that. According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay (cavities) is the number one most commonly occurring infectious disease among children. This leads to children experiencing toothaches in high numbers, missing days from school, and experiencing overall discomfort. Tooth decay even in a baby tooth may cause significant discomfort for your child and make it difficult for them to eat, speak clearly, and engage in normal daily activities. If you live in the Green Brook area and think that your child has cavities, statistically, most likely it is true. Brushing and flossing at home will help, but it is not enough. You need to bring your child to our kid friendly dentist office twice a year so that we can examine and clean his or her teeth. By doing this, we will be able to remove the plaque and bacteria that can lead to cavities in the first place.
Resources You Can Use at Home
In addition to visiting our kid friendly dentist office, it is important that you practice good oral hygiene at home and teach your child to do the same. In our dental office, we work with many children under age eight and understand how challenging it can be to get them excited about brushing teeth. Kids are busy and asking them to stop riding bikes, building Legos, or playing dress up to brush their teeth can lead to conflict quickly. It is understandable, At Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS, we can work with young children, keeping in mind that some of them are not exactly excited about teeth brushing. Our job, however, is to change their attitude towards dental care and show them that it can be fun and interesting. This way they will want to brush and floss their teeth, even without being told. With that in mind, we have a few resources that we have found to be helpful and suggest that you try them at home.
If you live in or around Green Brook, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our dental office so that we can examine your child’s teeth and teach them how to brush properly. Even if your child is already brushing, there is a good chance that they are doing it wrong and missing a lot of the plaque that has built up on their teeth. A simple video tutorial is a resource you can use at home. You can find one on the American Dental Association’s website or even on YouTube. Playing a video that shows your child how to brush is a good reminder for them and, since they are used to receiving information this way, they are likely to receive and digest it better than if you reminded them.
Once your child is brushing correctly, it is time to turn your attention to how long they are brushing. At Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS we encourage our patients to brush for two minutes, twice a day, regardless of how old they are. This, however, can be difficult for young children that find it hard to focus on a task or to stay still. As a kid friendly dentist, Dr. Ellen Rado suggests, to brush their teeth but staying still isn’t a requirement. Try making it fun to brush teeth by playing their favorite song for two minutes and letting them dance and brush. You can also play a two-minute video clip or cartoon for them while brushing. The American Dental Association has an entire section of their website devoted to these short videos and watching them will get your child used to brushing for the full two minutes. We have worked with families throughout the Green Brook area and have found that using media works far better than standing there with a stopwatch. The goal is to create positive associations between dental care and having fun so that your children will continue to brush their teeth as they grow.
As a kid friendly dentist office in Green Brook, Dr. Ellen Rado is focused on preventative care. It is far better for your child to visit us for a regular teeth cleaning than to only see us with a toothache. Fortunately, by using preventative care methods we can help your child to avoid experiencing any discomfort in her mouth Dental Sealants are one of them.Many children have deep ridges in their teeth. When they bite down and chew food, bacteria, food particles, and plaque can become trapped in those ridges and eventually cause tooth decay. These areas are particularly difficult to clean with a toothbrush alone, so even the most fastidious of parents may find it challenging to keep cavities at bay. By using dental sealants, a protective layer is placed on the teeth so that nothing can become trapped in these ridges. The procedure is painless and fast as we need to brush a sealant material onto the teeth and allow it to harden. At Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS, we have found this to be one of the best ways to prevent our young patients from getting cavities.
Regular Fluoride Treatments
Another tool for prevention is our regular fluoride treatments. We recommend that all children have this throughout their teenage years. If you aren’t on public water, this is particularly important for preventing cavities. Statistically, if your child has a fluoride treatment in our dental office, their risk for getting cavities decreases by thirty percent. This is significant when you are considering the overall health and well being of your child.
Recently controversial information of fluoride use appeared online and in some magazines.
Taking into consideration that water in Green Brook area has very low fluoride level and observing for many years young patients. For many years young patients’ caries level directly depends on fluoride intake, Dr. Ellen Rado supports fluoride treatments. However, if a child’s parents have opposite views we encourage them to share their concerns with us. We approach each child’s oral health on individual basis, and if necessary can withhold fluoride treatment.
Dr. Ellen Rado Makes Sure that your child’s teeth are healthy now and later. If you live in the Green Brook area, we invite you to schedule a dental exam by calling (732) 424-8483.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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- Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS was established in 1997
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