Dental caries is the most common chronic disease that effects children. In a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) titled "Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting," published in the September 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the AAP issued the following new recommendation:
- Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended for all children starting at tooth eruption, regardless of caries risk.
- A smear (size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste should be used up to age 3. After age 3, a pea sized amount may be used. Parents should dispense toothpaste and supervise and assist with brushing.
- Fluoride varnish is recommended in the primary care setting every 3 to 6 months starting at tooth emergence.
- Over-the-counter fluoride rinse is not recommended for children younger than 6 years due to risk of swallowing higher than recommended levels of fluoride.
Dr David Schwartz, at Aesthetic Dentistry of Great Neck, agrees that children should be given fluoride starting at tooth emergence. At every cleaning appointment, a fluoride application is done on children's teeth to help prevent against caries.
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Sealants are plastic coatings that protect those difﬁcult to reach pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth from the bacteria that cause tooth decay. A quick and painless procedure done in Dr David Schwartz's Great Neck ofﬁce, sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars as soon as possible after they fully erupt in the mouth, usually between the ages of six to eight for first molars and 10 to 12 for second molars.
The good news is you may be able to help prevent future cavities by making sure your child receives preventive care, including having sealants applied to first and second molars. Statistics show that approximately 60 to 70 percent of cavities can be prevented by placing sealants on children's molars .
As a parent, you want your child to be as healthy as possible, and that includes protecting their teeth. Dr David Schwartz and his staff want your child's teeth to be protected too. Sealants can save your child from future pain and discomfort that often accompany cavities.
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At Aesthetic Dentistry of Great Neck, we pride ourselves in being a comprehensive, family dental practice that serves children and adults in Great Neck and the surrounding areas. Our practice offers high quality preventative, general, restorative and cosmetic dental care delivered in a caring and supportive environment. We welcome all those patients who have Aetna Dental Insurance.