Many adults mistakenly believe that children do not need to see the dentist until they lose their “baby” teeth and their permanent teeth have started to come in. However, routine dental exams and cleanings are as important for kids as they are for adults.
Although brushing teeth and flossing at home provides a solid foundation for good oral health, sound oral hygiene practices are only part of the equation. Kids have preventative and therapeutic dental needs that can only be satisfied by regularly visiting a highly qualified, experienced children’s dentist, such as Tanny Josen, DDS, of East Tremont Dental.
Why Trust East Tremont Dental for Your Child’s Pediatric Dentistry Needs
Dr. Josen of East Tremont Dental is a trusted provider of pediatric dentistry in the Bronx. After graduating from NYU Dental School with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Dr. Josen completed advanced pediatric dentistry training at Maimonides Medical Center. Since then, he has spent many years providing effective dental treatment for children of all ages.
The Bronx children’s dentist is beloved by even our youngest patients. The youngsters who visit East Tremont Dental love Dr. Josen’s warm and friendly demeanor. By giving his pediatric dentistry patients a positive dental experience early on in life, Dr. Josen helps children recognize the importance of undergoing routine dental care as well as helping them establish positive oral hygiene habits that last a lifetime.
In addition, the pediatric patients at East Tremont Dental enjoy our children-friendly treatment rooms, which are specifically designed with our young patients in mind.
Why Children’s Dental Visits Are Important
It is important for children to visit their Bronx pediatric dentist regularly for routine dental exams and cleanings. Visiting the children’s dentist every six months will help prevent cavities and other dental problems and ensure optimal oral health. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children start seeing the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in, and no later than their first birthday.
At East Tremont Dental, Dr. Josen monitors the health of children’s teeth and gums and performs gentle cleanings. He can also apply sealants or provide fluoride treatments to prevent dental issues such as cavities.
Sealants and Fluoride Treatment
If your child has small crevices on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, he or she might benefit from sealants. Sealants are small pieces of plastic used to fill such crevices. Sealant treatment is one way to prevent food particles from getting stuck in the small gaps or cracks in teeth, helping to prevent the development of cavities.
Fluoride is another tool that helps prevent or manage tooth decay. Although fluoride can be found in infant formulas, tap water, bottled water, toothpaste and oral fluoride supplements, some children do not get a sufficient amount of fluoride with these means. Dr. Josen can evaluate a child’s fluoride consumption and may recommend a fluoride treatment for children who are not getting enough fluoride in their daily life.
Fluoride treatment comes in a variety of flavors. Children can choose the one they like best. Fluoride coats the teeth, making them more resistant to harmful acids and, thus, tooth decay.
Caring for Your Children’s Teeth at Home
There are several things you can do at home to help your child develop good oral hygiene habits. They include:
- Help kids brush their teeth – The AAPD recommends that parents clean their children’s gums with a cloth and water or an infant toothbrush, starting at birth. When a child develops his or her first tooth, parents should brush the tooth at least once a day, around bedtime. Parents should use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. It is even better if the adult can use a toothbrush that’s specifically designed for infants, as this will help protect an infant’s sensitive gums. Children who are less than 2 years old only need a smear of toothpaste, and kids who are between the ages of 2 and 5 should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Make sure your children are flossing regularly and properly – Kids should floss between the teeth to eliminate any food particles and prevent plaque build-up.
- Encourage certain children to wear a mouth guard – Kids who play contact sports should use a custom-fitted plastic mouth guard to protect their teeth, gums, cheeks and lips from sports-related mouth injuries.
If your child is overdue for his or her dental visit, contact East Tremont Dental today. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Josen to check your child’s oral health, or to learn more about the available Bronx pediatric dentistry options, please contact East Tremont Dental by calling (718) 823-3000 now.
East Tremont Dental Assoc.
3875 East Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465