Good Dental Practices Should Begin in Infancy says Brooklyn Pediatrician

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Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Staten Island Pediatric Care Center, says dental hygiene should be started as young as infancy to ensure good overall health.

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In response to a January 25th article published by the Miami Herald, Dr. Michael Gabriel encourages parents to teach children good dental hygiene as early as possible to ensure good overall health.

According to the January 25th article published by the Miami Herald titled “Good dental health is vital, beginning in infancy,” doctors and dentists say dental hygiene is a vital part of overall health. Recent studies have shown that gum disease heightens one’s risk of heart attack and stroke and links poor dental health to Alzheimer’s disease as well. These results push the issue of practicing healthy dental hygiene (flossing, brushing, regular dentist visits, etc.) starting in infancy.

Dr. Rosie Roldan, director of the Pediatric Dental Center at Miami’s Children’s Hospital and director of its pediatric dental residency program, says, “Cavities can happen as early as nine months of age. The teeth start erupting at six months, so they haven’t been in the mouth three months before we can start seeing cavities.”

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Staten Island Pediatric Care Center affirms that practicing good dental hygiene is extremely important. “Because infants can develop cavities, it is vital that parents starting bringing their children to regular dentist appointments as young as a year old and keep the visits consistent,” he says. “The earlier children learn about flossing and brushing, the less resistant they will become to it as they grow. Not only does it help with the overall health of our children but it also enables them each child to develop strong self-esteem.”

Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.

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