Dr. Marvin Lagstein: For Kids’ Dental Care, Earlier Is Better
Parents of young children often wonder how early regular dental care should begin—and leading dental experts, like Dr. Marvin Lagstein, offer the answer.
New York, New York (I-Newswire) June 27, 2012 - When it comes to parenting, there are many questions that are difficult to answer. In some cases, parenting questions are hard to answer because kids can be so different from one another; in others cases, there simply is no one, single, easy answer. Regarding the question of how early a child should start receiving regular dental care, however, the answer is simple and to-the-point—and dental experts around the country, including pediatric dentist Dr. Marvin Lagstein, are in agreement.
In a new statement to the press, Dr. Marvin Lagstein highlights a new dental article, which makes the claim that, for parents of young children, there is no time like the present to begin thinking about dental hygiene. “The dental advice to parents is simple - the earlier, the better,” claims the article. Dr. Marvin Lagstein, himself a dental professional with more than 34 years of private practice experience, agrees with the findings of the article—and says that early dental appointments are in the best interest of the parent and the child alike.
“With simple preventive techniques, we are able to keep 90% of our kids cavity free!” enthuses Dr. Lagstein in his new statement to the press. “The earlier we start, the more effective our methods can be.”
The article he cites offers even greater detail regarding the impact that early dental hygiene can have on kids. The report quotes another dentist, Dr. Ed Shooley. “Tooth decay is nearly 100 percent preventable, but to help prevent cavities, it's important to begin good oral health habits, like visiting the dentist, when children are very young,” he says, affirming the position taken by Dr. Marvin Lagstein.
Parents sometimes believe that a trip to the dentist is not necessary until the child’s baby teeth have fully emerged, but the article dismisses this as little more than a common myth. In reality, the article notes, it is vital for parents to begin giving their kids good oral hygiene from an early age, and waiting until the baby teeth have all emerged often means that it is “too late” to build this important foundation.
The article notes a number of other pertinent facts for parents of young children. For example, the article highlights the fact that oral hygiene and overall physical health are often closely related. Many communicable diseases can begin with tooth decay, meaning that proper dental health, from an early age, can play a vital role in keeping kids germ- and disease-free.
Dr. Marvin Lagstein highlights one final point made by the article, which is that going to the dentist can be a daunting prospect for some children—but it does not have to be. Specifically, Dr. Lagstein notes that parents can “play” dentist with their kids before an appointment, which can go a long way toward alleviating their anxieties.
Dr. Marvin Lagstein has more than 39 years of private practice experience as a pediatric dentist. A graduate of Brooklyn College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Lagstein currently specializes in fast-acting, invisible braces, a unique technology that he had a hand in developing. He is also a veteran of the U.S Army, where he served as a captain from 1968 until 1970.
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Published On:June 27, 2012
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