Raising Awareness for Children’s Dental Health Month

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Dr. Lou Cooper offers parents current pediatric dental advice

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“Pediatric dentistry has changed significantly over the past decade and continues to evolve with the advent of new treatments and technologies,” said Dr. Lou Cooper, founder, NY Pediatric Dentistry.

Each February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which means that Dr. Lou Cooper once again is preparing to work towards raising the awareness of children’s oral health. This year Dr. Cooper will be helping fellow professionals as well as parents navigate the changing landscape in what he refers to as the “New Era of Children’s Dental Health”.

“Pediatric dentistry has changed significantly over the past decade and continues to evolve with the advent of new treatments and technologies,” said Dr. Lou Cooper, founder, NY Pediatric Dentistry and Harrison, New York resident. “It is important for parents to be informed about these changes and understand how it impacts their role in providing their children with the care needed to ensure optimal dental health.”

Among the top developments Dr. Cooper encourages parents to become familiar with are the ‘dental home,’ minimally invasive dentistry, remineralization and demineralization, and a child’s ‘risk level.’ Each play a significant role in how dental disease is diagnosed, treated and prevented.

The Dental Home
An initiative which establishes an ongoing relationship between practitioner and patient, the Dental Home is inclusive of all aspects of oral health care. Parents are encouraged to take their child to the dentist around their child’s first birthday. During this initial visit, the child’s Dental Home is established along with a coordinated, proactive oral care program that focuses on prevention. Counseling on oral hygiene, fluoride therapy, diet, oral habits and dental injury prevention is also included in that first visit.

Remineralization and Demineralization
The concept of Remineralization and Demineralization has significantly impacted pediatric dentistry in recent years, changing how patients are diagnosed and treated. Remineralization is the ability of the tooth to constructively incorporate mineral into itself. As a result of Remineralization, very small cavities, if detected early enough, can be left when minerals can replace the destroyed tooth structure and prevent its progression.

Minimally Invasive Dentistry
The basis for minimally invasive dentistry relies on the ability of teeth to remineralize with the objective of preserving natural tooth structure with appreciation for its ability to repair itself. Should a filling be needed, the advances made in bonded tooth colored filling material helps in achieving the objective of minimal sacrifice and preserving one’s natural teeth.

‘Risk Level’
There are several common risk factors that contribute to a child’s likelihood of developing dental disease (caries). By taking a proactive, coordinated approach to dental care, parents can help to control and reduce many of these factors.

Among the most common risk factors leading to dental disease are:

  •     An infant sleeping while nursing or with fluids in the mouth
  •     Past or present history of decay
  •     Significant visible plaque
  •     Frequent between meal snacking
  •     Orthodontic appliances that are not properly maintained
  •     White lines (demineralized areas) around the teeth

While dental offices, such as NY Pediatric Dentistry, use high fluoride concentration applications of fluoride varnish, gels and foams; Calcium Phosphate applications; sealants; and, education on prevention to help reduce these risks, there are also several proactive steps that parents can take at home.

Among the proactive steps Dr. Cooper recommends parents take at home, are:

  •     Effective brushing with a fluoride toothpaste two to three each day
  •     Flouride mouth rinses and prescription tooth pastes
  •     Xylitol gums or mints as a substitute for snacks or when brushing is not possible
  •     Antibacterial mouth rinses
  •     Healthy diets with short, and infrequent snacking

Dr. Cooper strongly believes this generation of children deserve to be the recipients of the amazing advances in pediatric dentistry resulting in fewer cavities and filled teeth. As they enter into the various stages of adulthood it will happily translate in to better dental health with greater comfort at far less cost.

To learn more about navigating the changing pediatric dental landscape and the steps to take towards your child’s optimal dental health, contact Dr. Cooper at 914-925-1099.

About NY Pediatric Dentistry:
Located at 90 South Ridge Street in Rye Brook, NY Pediatric Dentistry is a unique pediatric dental group that provides coordinated orthodontic care within an innovative multisensory environment. It services children from infancy through young adulthood in Westchester, New York and Connecticut, offering a new kind of dental experience for children and their parents. To stay up to date on the latest news from NY Pediatric Dentistry visit them at http://nypediatricdds.com or on Facebook.

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