General Dentistry in Bainbridge
Serving Families throughout Chenango, Delaware, Otsego & Broome Counties
Looking for the perfect place for all your family’s dental needs? Turn to Michelle A. Gifford DDS, PLLC. Our experienced dental team offers top-quality general dentistry services in Bainbridge to patients of all ages. We are focused on patient needs and strive to ensure that each visit is as comfortable as possible.
Call (607) 225-2104 today to schedule an appointment for general dentistry in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Broome Counties.
Young children are particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Almost 50% of all children aged two to eleven have experienced tooth decay, and over 30% of children aged nine to eleven have one or more cavities in their permanent teeth. From breast milk and baby formula to high-sugar fruit juices and sports drinks, there are several things that contribute to a child’s dental issues.
From the time the first tooth appears in a baby’s mouth, parents should start taking steps to ensure good oral health. We recommend that children be brought in for a dental exam no later than their first birthday. From there, a child should attend a check-up once every six months. During these visits, our dental hygienists will perform safe and effective cleanings, and Dr. Gifford will monitor your child’s mouth for any dental problems.
Additional steps you can take to maintain the health of your child’s teeth and gums include:
- Flush or wipe down a baby’s teeth after feeding
- Wean your child off breastfeeding and bottled milk by their first birthday
- Begin brushing when the first tooth appears
- Monitor a child’s brushing habits to ensure no areas are missed
- Refrain from giving them milk or sugary drinks before bedtime
- Have them use a straw for sugary drinks
- Limit the amount of sugary foods and beverages your child consumes
Among other challenges that arise during the teen years is the difficulty of ensuring that young adults maintain good oral home care habits. From slacking in brushing and flossing to consuming beverages and foods that are harmful to oral health, there is a range of factors that can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
It is important not to underestimate the power that your words and influence can have on your child’s life, even regarding oral health care. Along with your encouragement to your teens to maintain their teeth and gums, it is also essential to bring them in every six months for a check-up. Not only can we perform the necessary preventative services, but we can also coach your young adult and reinforce the instruction you are already giving them.
The need for good oral health practices and preventative care does not decrease once you reach adulthood; it becomes even more crucial. Failure to adequately care for your teeth and gums can lead to infections, which can eventually result in significant pain, emergency treatment, and even tooth loss.
Dr. Gifford recommends the following tips to help you maintain a healthy mouth:
- Brush and floss two times a day
- Consider using an electronic toothbrush
- Brush for at least two minutes
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with warm water
- Minimize consumption of sugary foods and beverages
- Avoid snacking between meals
- Drink sugary beverages through a straw
- Take immediate action to treat cavities and other issues
- Get a dental check-up every six months
Our Bainbridge general dentistry services also include ortho screenings. Our orthro screenings are a part of a child’s regular preventative visits. They involve monitoring the growth and development of your child’s oral cavity to determine if and when they may require orthodontic treatment.
Sealants are a means of treating grooves that occur in permanent molars, which significantly reduces the risk of decay and eliminates the need to install a filling on the tooth. This procedure can be completed quickly and doesn’t cause discomfort. It is a cost-effective way to enable your child to enter adulthood with fewer fillings. In addition, they will have less risk of requiring substantial dental work in the future.
Call Michelle A. Gifford DDS, PLLC at (607) 225-2104 today to schedule an appointment for general dentistry in Bainbridge.