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    Four Foods and Drinks Your Child Should Avoid

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the pediatric dentist are all important to your child’s dental health, but without the proper dietary choices, your efforts could all go to waste. What you put on your child’s plate has a lot to do with how healthy his or her smile is during childhood and beyond. To maintain your child’s dental health, avoid serving up the following foods:

    1. Chewy Fruit-Flavored Snacks
    Kids love the sweet, fruity flavors of these snacks, but they’re loaded with sugar. The high sugar content of these foods will encourage tooth decay. Real fruits have sugar as well, but the sugar content is lower, and real fruit has fiber, which will help boost your child’s dental health and general health.

    2. Soda
    Regular soda has an extremely high sugar content, which wreaks havoc on kids’ teeth. Even diet soda is a bad choice for your little one’s smile. Diet soda contains acids, which erode tooth enamel and make your child’s teeth weak.

    3. Sticky Foods
    Sticky foods present a lot of problems to young teeth. First, since they are hard to chew, they can be damaging to developing teeth. Second, sticky foods hang on to teeth longer than other foods, encouraging the development of plaque and tooth decay. Lastly, sticky teeth tend to be high in sugar, which also fosters tooth decay.

    4. Citrus Fruits and Juice
    Citrus fruits are very high in acid, which will damage your child’s tooth enamel. Juices are the worst offenders, because they are both acidic and excessively sugary, but even whole citrus fruit can cause damage. Talk to your pediatric dentist about whether occasional citrus fruits are acceptable for your child.

    At Best Kids Dentist, we’re here to help you with all aspects of your child’s dental health, including developing good nutritional habits. Our practice is designed to be a fun, comfortable place for your child to receive dental care. Call us today at (718) 491-5300 to set up an appointment with our pediatric dentist and to learn more about our kids’ dental services. 

    How to Brush Teeth with Braces

    Last updated 5 years ago

    When you have braces, you need to be even more diligent about your oral hygiene routine. Many patients struggle to brush when they have braces, but failing to do so can have serious consequences for your oral health. Not only do you risk cavities and gum disease, but if you don’t brush well when you have braces, you may have white and brown spots on your teeth when your braces are removed.

    In this video, you can learn how to avoid these complications by brushing teeth properly. You’ll see the proper technique for brushing with braces, including using a circular motion and focusing on the area between your braces and your gums.

    At Best Kids Dentist, we’re here to help you maintain your oral health while you’re wearing braces. Call our pediatric dentist today at (718) 491-5300, and let us help you keep your smile bright during and after your braces treatment.

    Understanding Beginning Home Dental Care for Your Child

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Establishing a good oral hygiene routine for your child will help him avoid cavities and other dental complications. You’ll also be helping your child develop great oral care habits that will help him maintain good dental health well into adulthood. Your child should start seeing a pediatric dentist by the time he is one year old. To complement that pediatric dental care, here’s what you should practice at home:

     

    Brushing
    As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to start brushing. Start by brushing with just a soft brush and water, and move to a fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough to understand not to swallow it. Brush the teeth twice a day until your child can start brushing for himself. Children often start brushing their own teeth, with supervision, around age four and can usually start brushing unsupervised around age seven.

    Flossing
    You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as he has two teeth that touch each other. Flossing can be difficult to master, so you should floss your child’s teeth until he can do so himself, which may be after he can master brushing on his own. Be sure to teach your child the importance of reaching all of the teeth, especially the back teeth. Children should floss at least once a day or every time they brush.

    Fluoride Treatments
    Fluoride can be beneficial in building healthy teeth, but too much fluoride can have the opposite effect. When kids get too much fluoride, they develop brown and white spots on their teeth. Young children may get fluoride from many sources, including toothpaste and juices. Fluoride rinses and supplements can be an important part of dental health for your child, but check with your pediatric dentist before you start a fluoride treatment.

    For a partner in your child’s dental care, call us at Best Kids Dentist. Our Brooklyn pediatric dental practice is committed to delivering kid-focused dental care that will help your little one establish excellent oral health. Call us at (718) 491-5300 to schedule an appointment with our children’s dentist.

    Find Great Dental Tips with These Resources

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Would you like to learn more about our recent blog topics, including braces and sedation dentistry for your kids? Check out these websites and articles for more information. Call Best Kids Dentist at (718) 491-5300 for an appointment with our pediatric dentist in Brooklyn today!

    What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Adults and children alike can experience anxiety over their dental appointments. Sedation dentistry offers a solution for children who may need help relaxing at the dentist. Sedation dentistry is the practice of using a medication to sedate the patient during dental procedures. Several types of sedation can be used depending on the type of procedure being performed and the anxiety level of the patient. The most common kind of sedation technique used by dentists is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.

    Why Is Sedation Dentistry Used?
    Your children may be sedated to lessen their fears or to calm them before procedures. Sedation dentistry is also used to eliminate any pain or discomfort that may be felt during the treatment, cleaning, or exam. You can ask your children's dentist what circumstances are best for sedation dentistry.

    When Might Your Child Need Sedation Dentistry?
    Your pediatric dentist may use nitrous oxide before filling a cavity, pulling a tooth, or performing any other procedure that may be uncomfortable for your child. Your child may also need sedation if he or she is scared to have his or her teeth cleaned or if the cleaning will take a long time due to the plaque buildup. Sedation is often the first step in a procedure and is done before any other numbing agents or injections are administered.

    Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
    When sedation dentistry is administered by a qualified and trained pediatric dentist, it is very safe. The dentist will monitor your child to be sure he or she is breathing properly and will give you any aftercare instructions to ensure the safety of your child. Talk to your dentist before any procedure if you have questions.

    At Best Kids Dentist, we offer sedation dentistry to keep your child comfortable. For an appointment with our pediatric dentist in Brooklyn or to learn more about our services, call us today at (718) 491-5300.

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