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May 30, 2015

Kids Dental Care in Ocean NJ

Ocean NJ Pediatric Dentist

Most of your favorite childhood memories probably don’t involve going to the dentist. In fact, you even may have had traumatic experiences that have kept you from scheduling your regular cleanings and oral examinations as an adult. But if you are unfortunate enough to now be afflicted by the results of practicing poor oral care, then you probably are wishing you had taken better care of your teeth, gums, and mouth as a child. Malocclusion (improper alignment) of the teeth, for example, can be due to childhood habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacified use beyond age 3, and prolonged use of bottle. Of course, it’s never too late to start implementing healthy habits into your oral hygiene routine. But at Marc Berley, DMD, we stress a preventative program of oral care, especially for children. Although our office offers dental fillings, crowns, bridges and dentures, dental implants, extractions, veneers, root canal therapy, and tooth whitening, we encourage our patients to take preventative measures so that these procedures are unnecessary. We believe the best time to implement good dental habits into part of your daily routine is as a child, and we are exactly the Ocean NJ pediatric dentist where your good oral hygiene should begin.

In an environment that is lighthearted and fun (which can be unlike many others experience at the dentist), Dr. Marc Berley and Dr. Rachel Berley will establish oral habits that last a lifetime. As aforementioned, we believe in a preventative approach for one’s oral hygiene by creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for younger patients. Teeth, whether natural or with restorations, survive and thrive in an oral environment that is clean and hygienic. Our preventative program is designed to prevent new cavities, persevere restored teeth, and manage periodontal disease. This includes brushing teeth twice a day in a circular, angled motion with a soft bristled toothbrush, flossing every night, eating a balanced diet, and using antiseptic and fluoride rinses. Avoiding sticky, sugary foods can be difficult for our adolescent, sweet-toothed patients, but as your Ocean NJ pediatric dentist will tell you, the combination of all these practices are the best defense against tooth decay. In fact, a study showed that tongue and tooth brushing along with flossing significantly decreased swelling of gum tissue and reduced bad breath in a two week period.

At Marc Berley, DMD, we also offer dental sealants, which are plastic coatings that protect the chewing surface of a child’s back teeth from decay/cavities. Food and germs can get stuck in pits and grooves in the teeth. These sealants fill in the grooves, protecting the teeth from a child’s inevitable consumption of those sticky, sugary foods. Children can get them at their Ocean NJ Pediatric Dentist once their permanent molars come in, before decay attacks the teeth.
Sealants, daily brushing and flossing, drinking fluoridated water, and regular dental checkups are the easiest and best way to protect your mouth, teeth, and gums from oral diseases. The earlier you start going to the dentist and practicing good oral hygiene, the sooner and better you will be smiling. The best place to start is with Ocean NJ pediatric dentist Marc Berley, DMD.

Kids  Dentist Ocean Township
1205 HWY 35 N
Ocean, NJ 07712
732-686-6500

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