"Why are my child's teeth so yellow and can we get whitening?"

March 10th, 2022

Tooth whitening for kids

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Watching your children's faces light up with happiness is one of the greatest joys in the world. Meanwhile, have you observed a change in your child's teeth color? Don't panic- there could be several reasons this can happen.

The first and most anticipated reason behind your child's yellow, stained or discolored teeth could be the result of poor hygiene, a side effect of medication, tooth decay, tooth trauma, decalcification, or even genetics. 

Having discolored teeth can embarrass your child, specifically when growing up and hitting adolescence. So the best approach to manage tooth discoloration is by opting for a professional cleaning and following daily dental hygiene. 

However, depending on the cause, you can also consult with your pediatric dentist twice a year.

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry report states that your child shouldn't opt for professional teeth whitening procedures until they have reached 14 years of age when the four front adult teeth pulp starts maturing, which effectively reduces the post-procedural sensitivity levels.

You may also use over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments such as whitening toothpaste or whitening strips. Custom dental trays, professional bleaching, and laser whitening are additional options for your child. However, if you want a more permanent solution for teeth whitening, in adulthood consider enamel dental veneers or porcelain crowns.

If your kid has turned 14 and is looking for the best teeth whitening services, book your appointment with our Pediatric dentist today! Call 212 362-7770 to book!

What are Sealants and does your child need them?

February 28th, 2022

Dental Sealants: A Shield Against Cavities

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Brushing and flossing daily will allow you to maintain good oral hygiene and avoid the formation of cavities. However, to further diminish the likelihood of tooth decay and the future need for treatments such as crowns and fillings, dentists use sealants. This early cavity prevention technique acts as a protective barrier, shielding enamel (the outer covering of teeth) from acid and plaque, which lead to tooth decay. Now, you may be thinking, “why can’t I simply use fluoride instead of sealants to protect my teeth from decay?” While it is true that fluoride protects our enamel from breaking down, it is more effective in reducing smooth surface cavities as opposed to cavities on the pits and fissures of our teeth, where the majority of cavities develop. These deep grooves are much more difficult to clean with a toothbrush, so sealants provide an extra layer of protection in these specific regions to further hinder cavities.
Studies have shown that kids between the ages of 6 and 11 without dental sealants experience three times more cavities in their first molars than do kids with sealants. Other studies have also provided evidence for sealant placement being cost-effective; it improves outcomes and saves money for patients who typically will avoid the need for future invasive treatments related to cavities. Our office has BPA free sealants as we are committed to providing the safest materials available to our patients.
Sealant placement is especially beneficial for patients who are more vulnerable to experiencing cavities. However, the use of sealants in combination with other primary preventive procedures such as fluoride therapy, plaque control, and dietary/sugar monitoring, have positive outcomes for patients overall.