Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

Three Simple Rules for Pediatric Dental Health

Feeding your child a healthy diet, ensuring that he or she gets plenty of sleep, and encouraging physical activity are all important components of overall wellness. However, your child’s oral hygiene should also be a priority, even if he or she doesn’t have teeth yet. To promote pediatric dental health, your dentist is likely to recommend the following guidelines.

Care for Your Child’s Gums and Primary Teeth

Even before your child’s primary teeth are visible, you can promote his or her oral health. After feeding your child, use a soft, clean, and damp piece of cloth or sterile gauze to gently wipe your child’s gums. Avoid putting babies to bed with a bottle, since this can lead to baby bottle decay, or early tooth decay. When your child’s primary teeth do begin to erupt, it’s time to schedule his or her first appointment with a pediatric dentist. Even if your child’s teeth erupt late, it’s recommended you schedule the first appointment no later than your child’s first birthday. As the first set of teeth erupts, your child may become fussy because his or her gums are sore. You can provide a teething ring to soothe your child.

Encourage Good Oral Hygiene Habits

When your child’s primary teeth erupt, you can begin demonstrating good oral hygiene habits. Gently clean your child’s teeth with an appropriately sized toothbrush with soft bristles. Follow your dentist’s recommendations regarding when to use toothpaste and how much to use. Your dentist can also guide you in flossing your child’s teeth and checking them regularly for signs of decay.

Schedule Regular Dentist Visits

One of the most effective ways to protect your youngster’s oral health is to schedule appointments with a pediatric dentist every six months. Your child will receive a professional cleaning, exam, and X-rays. Regular appointments not only prevent dental problems; they also allow the dentist to detect potential issues as early as possible.

At the pediatric dentistry practice of Dr. Charles Marks, we welcome the youngest of patients and strive to make their visits to us as fun and stress-free as possible. In addition to preventive care, our office provides a full range of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services, including fillings, extractions, root canals, teeth whitening, and many more. Give us a call at (212) 279-1232 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in New York.

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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday