Manhattan Pediatric Dentist Says More Than 40% of Kids Have Tooth Decay by Kindergarten

Leading pediatric dentistry expert, Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, offers advice to new parents to help their children avoid early childhood caries.

Online PR News – 19-October-2016 – New York, NY – “For new parents, there are many resources available that offer advice on how to care for a newborn and what to expect in the coming weeks, months, and years,” says Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, DMD, FAAPD, a pediatric dentist in NYC and a world-renowned pediatric dental expert (www.949pediatricdentistry.com). “Unfortunately, one of the issues too often overlooked, is how to address your child’s dental care.”

Dental care should be a priority, even among newborns, simply because of the high incidence of early childhood caries or tooth decay in young children, according to Dr. Jacobson. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “tooth decay is the most common chronic children’s disease in the country.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that dental caries is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common the hay fever in children,” says Dr. Jacobson. “More than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. Children with dental caries in their baby teeth are at much greater risk for cavities in their adult teeth.”

Dr. Jacobson stresses the importance of helping parents understand that tooth decay in children is, for the most part, preventable.

“A child’s dental care needs vary according to that child’s stage of development, Dr. Jacobson says. “What parents need to know is that it is never too early to begin good oral care for their child. Even a nursing infant needs to have his mouth and gums carefully wiped with a warm washcloth after feeding.”

This, according to Jacobson, will prevent the buildup of the sticky plaque that causes tooth decay.

The first baby tooth will usually appear before the child is six months old. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be within six months of the appearance of this first tooth, or just before the child’s first birthday.

Dr. Jacobson offers the following dental care timeline that he says all new parents should follow:

• Infancy - Gently clean with a warm washcloth after feeding.
• Teething – Teething occurs between 3 and 9 months. The child may be irritable and fussy, restless, and suffer from a loss of appetite. Clean with water and a soft brush.
• First Dentist Visit – Soon after the child’s first birthday
• Brushing and Flossing – Begin using toothpaste at age two. Child should be able to brush and floss by age 8.
• Losing Baby Teeth – The child should start to lose primary teeth at around 6 to 7.
• Childhood to Adolescence – Older children should be taught to brush their teeth at least twice a day. Promote good nutrition and limit the amount of sugary treats. The child should see a pediatric dentist every six months.

For 18 years, Dr. Barry L. Jacobson DMD, FAAPD, has been a leader in pediatric dental care. His practice, located at 949 Park Avenue, New York, NY, offers laser dentistry for children, cosmetic dentist for children, preoperative dental care for children, soft tissue procedures, silver diamine fluoride, 3D CAD-CAM crown fabrication, porcelain fillings, and treatment of fearful children, with behavior management experts on hand. Call 212-997-6453 (212-99-SMILE) for more information or visit Dr. Jacobson’s website at www.949pediatricdentistry.com).

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