Children’s oral health: Starting early

Your child’s baby teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear, which is typically around age 6 months. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. In some cases, infants and toddlers experience decay so severe that their teeth cannot be saved and need to be removed.

The good news is that tooth decay is preventable!

Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3-years-old. As your child grows, their jaws also grow, making room for their permanent teeth.

Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth:
•Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
•For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.


•For children 3 to 6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to minimize swallowing of toothpaste.
•Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

First dental visits:
As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. Don’t wait for them to start school or until there’s an emergency. Get your child comfortable today with good mouth healthy habits.
Although the first visit is mainly for the dentist to examine your child’s mouth and to check growth and development, it’s also about your child being comfortable.
To make the visit positive:
•Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
•Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions, so emphasize the positive.
Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
•Never bribe your child.
•Talk with your child about visiting the dentist.

During this visit, you can expect Dr. Scopu to:
•Inspect for oral injuries, cavities or other problems.
•Let you know if your child is at risk of developing tooth decay.
•Clean your child’s teeth and provide tips for daily care.
•Discuss teething, pacifier use, or finger/thumbsucking habits.
•Discuss treatment, if needed, and schedule the next check-up.

Dentalign studio now offering Insignia braces.

Insignia is the customization of orthodontic braces, made to perfectly model the shape of your teeth and help you achieve a flawless smile. Unlike regular braces, Insignia is the most advanced orthodontic system available today. There are many pros to Insignia as an alternative to regular braces.
Instead of regular, stock braces and arch wires being used on your teeth Insignia customizes a special fit just for you. Also, digital planning and 3D visibility allows your dentist to add precise detail and customization to your teeth instead of eyeing bracket placement with regular braces and manual adjustment, thus saving a lot of time.

Insignia also uses a new digital technology that allows the patient to see what your new smile will look like after the treatment is completed.

The placement of insignia takes much less time and is much more efficient. For example regular braces take approximately two hours for placement, while Insignia takes about forty-five minutes. Thus, customization means less wearing time in braces and also a more comfortable adjustment. Insignia allows for you to achieve the perfect smile, quicker, and more comfortably than ever before.

For further information please call Dentalign Studio (718)821-7432.

By: Lillian B

Tongue piercings & the negative effects on your teeth


Tongue piercings may be a part of a popular trend, however many people who want one do not take into consideration the destructive effect it can have on your teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGO) states that chipped teeth, drooling, gum damage, nerve damage, taste loss, tooth loss, swelling of the tongue and infection are all direct results of tongue piercings. In severe cases, it can also lead to Periodontitis, an infection causing severe complications with tooth loss and severe bone loss. The following are some effects of tongue piercings:

Receding Gums: Receding gums are a natural occurrence of aging. However, this process is known to be quickened after receiving a tongue piercing. The jewelry rubs and scrapes against the gums, causing it to become irritated and inflamed. Thus, the gums will slowly start to recede and expose a part of the tooth’s root, causing a sensitivity and pain to the person.

Broken Teeth: Approximately 47% of people who have worn tongue piercings after 2 years or longer have been prone to chipped teeth. Thus, it is common for people with tongue piercings to chip their teeth while completing daily actions such as, sleeping, eating talking and chewing. This is a result of the tooth enamel weakening from constant contact with the piercing jewelry. After chipping or breaking of your tooth, you may need dental fillings, crowns, root canals, or tooth extractions. A higher expense for both you and your health.

Swelling of the Tongue: The swelling of the tongue may result in difficulty eating, swallowing and breathing. After placement, if the swelling is severe enough  and blocks your airway, you may  need immediate medical action, such as hospitalization.

Infection: Lastly, once you pierce your tongue, you must be aware that you are now vulnerable to infection, which can be very painful and dangerous. In severe cases, infection causes deep pockets filled with plaque, tartar, and bacteria to form between teeth and gums, eating away at bone tissue. This form of serious infection is known as Periodontitis.

Tongue piercings may look cool, however the long term health risks it imposes on your teeth is not. Image


By: Lillian B.

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Our specialty and driving focus is to transform smiles one patient at a time and to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We aim to provide superior service and individualized care for each patient in a family- like atmosphere that is caring, friendly and fun.

Our team’s commitment to building a lasting relationship as well providing each individual patient a truly outstanding experience is our goal. Exceptional orthodontic and restorative treatment outcomes fulfill our goals of enhancing self-esteem, self-confidence and overall dental health.

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– The DentAlign Studio Team