Dr. Altomonte offers you the convenience of family dental visits, so you don’t have to visit multiple offices for your family’s routine dental care. Dr. Altomonte has over 30 years’ experience providing dentistry for kids and adults (including expectant moms) in the Union, NJ area. Dr. Altomonte will help you avoid dental issues that could adversely affect your pregnancy, and beginning around your child’s first birthday, he will provide your child with gentle dental care. Dr. Altomonte and his kid-friendly office staff will help your child have a positive experience at every visit.
DENTAL CARE DURING YOUR PREGNANCY
Your child’s teeth begin to develop during your second month of pregnancy. It’s important for you to eat a balanced diet that provides adequate amounts of protein, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C and D to help your baby’s teeth develop properly. Inadequate nutrition can prevent your baby’s tooth enamel from forming well, which can lead to future cavities.
It’s also essential to practice proper dental hygiene during your pregnancy to avoid transmitting decay-causing bacteria to your unborn baby. Gingivitis, a condition that can cause red, tender gums that may bleed when brushed, is common during the second to eighth months of pregnancy and can lead to more serious periodontal disease that can increase your risk of premature delivery and low infant birth weight. Brushing your teeth twice a day and using floss to clean between your teeth can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. While you are pregnant, you should see Dr. Altomonte for regular cleanings to help avoid problems that could put your child’s health at risk.
WHY IS CHILDREN’S DENTAL CARE IMPORTANT?
It’s important for us to monitor your child’s dental development at an early age to ensure he or she gets a healthy start toward excellent dental health. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than age one. Dentistry for kids is important because it helps us identify and monitor developmental dental issues, prevent or repair tooth decay, and advise you on proper oral hygiene methods you can use to best maintain your child’s health.
BABY TEETH ARE A BIG DEAL!
Did you know that your child’s primary (or baby) teeth are an important part of his or her lifelong health? Your child will probably begin to get primary teeth between six and nine months of age. The primary teeth set the stage for your child’s permanent teeth. They reserve space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into place. In addition, primary teeth help your child properly bite and chew food. They also play an important part in helping your child learn to speak clearly. Cavities in children and toddlers can develop quickly and progress from the hard enamel layer on the outside of teeth to the soft inner dentin in six months or less. That’s why proper dental hygiene and early dental visits are an important part of your child’s care.
EXPERT DENTISTRY FOR KIDS.
Dr. Altomonte employs a variety of methods for preventing tooth decay or repairing children’s teeth, including topical fluoride, dental sealants and dental bonding.