Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On-Call with… Martha Miqueo, DDS, Vizstara Dental

The importance of teaching your child good
oral hygiene from a young age!

Since Children’s Dental Health Month just passed, here are some important tips to keep in mind all year long! Dr. Miqueo, DDS, Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist shares her recommendations with Pedimedica parents.
·         New parents should seek a pediatric dentist soon after their child’s birth.  A pediatric dentist

can show you how to care for your infants gums after every feeding and can discuss breast feeding, bottle feeding, pacifier use, suckling habits and their effects on the developing oral cavity.

·         Fluoride toothpaste should be introduced soon after the child has learned to rinse properly.

·         Toothbrushes should be replaced every two months or sooner if the bristles are worn out.

·         Remember, a child typically has the full primary dentition by the age of 3 and the permanent dentition begins to erupt by age 6.

·         Have your child evaluated for sealants when they turn 6 years old.

·         Bring your child to an orthodontist to evaluate the craniofacial growth by the age of 7.

Sometimes early orthodontic intervention can prevent extractions of permanent teeth and can yield better results preventing orthognathic surgery.

·         Make sure your children have a dental check up and cleaning every 6 months to maintain good oral health.

Early prevention practices help your child develop confidence in caring for their smile and avoids pain and suffering associated with dental emergencies.

Wishing you a beautiful Smile and lifelong savings! 

Dr. Miqueo is Co-Founder and VP of VIZSTARA, a Multispecialty Dental Facility. She is Director of Family Practice, Pediatric Dentistry, and Orthodontics. Dr. Miqueo is an expert in the management of pediatric patients with cleft lip and palate, as well as in the application of the laser technique for both soft and hard tissue. Dr. Miqueo graduated from New York University College of Dentistry where she also served on the faculty.