6. Be a Builder Not a Wrecker
Bacteria is constantly trying to build an empire in your mouth. Give it what it wants: juice, soda, and chewy candy for the small crevices and hard to reach surfaces!
When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time for Staten Island youth. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come in providing young men and women with their “adult smile.” Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be straightened, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.
And Staten Island dental patients may find that when they are under stress, it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne areas find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.
Though we don’t often think about it, NYC children as young as 9 or 10 months of age can be infected with cavity producing bacteria, which cause cavities and tooth decay. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children ages 2 to 5 have untreated cavities, and the percentage rises in children over 6.