Pediatric Dentistry Can Help Ensure a Lifetime of Good Oral Health

A close up of a smiling child in a dental chair and a dentist's hands can be seenDrs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys J. Peña understand the importance of providing pediatric dentistry services at our Long Island, NY-area practice. Regular dental exams and cleanings for young children help prevent the development of cavities and other more serious oral health issues. At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, we have created a relaxing environment to help ease any fears or anxieties about visiting the dentist. All of our staff members are specially trained to ensure both you and your child have an enjoyable visit at our office. We believe that when children have a positive experience, they are more likely to continue good oral hygiene practices in the future.

Pediatric Dental Care for Your Child

We recommend bringing your child in for his or her first dental checkup shortly after the first tooth erupts. This allows us to check for any potential problems and also helps your child to become comfortable at the dentist’s office. This appointment is important for you as well. During your child’s first appointment, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your child’s baby teeth. Around age two, we recommend bringing your child in for an exam and cleaning every six months.

Pediatric Dental Exams and Cleanings

Dental exams and cleanings for your child are similar to the preventative care we provide for our adult patients. During the exam, we will check for signs of decay or gum disease, and we will clean the teeth to remove deposits of plaque and tartar. Around age four, we typically begin taking annual x-rays to detect cavities between the teeth.

Regular office visits and proper at-home care can help instill good oral hygiene habits in your child.

Dental Sealants

To help protect your child’s teeth from cavities, we may recommend a dental sealant. This clear material coats the chewing surfaces of the molars, preventing bacteria from forming in places that regular brushing and flossing may miss. These sealants can help protect your child’s baby teeth from decay until his or her permanent teeth come in. 

Orthodontics

By age seven, we typically have a better idea of whether your child will need orthodontic treatment. In less severe cases, you may wait until your child’s teenage years. By that point, they may qualify for Invisalign® rather than traditional metal braces. If your child’s misalignment issues are more severe, we can refer you to a skilled orthodontist for treatment.

Pediatric Dental Care at Home

Caring for your child’s teeth is much like caring for your own. When children are too young to brush their own teeth, you should use a soft-bristled pediatric toothbrush and brush their teeth for them at least once per day. When your child reaches the age of two or three, you can begin teaching them how to brush and floss their own teeth. Both children and adults should brush their teeth at least once per day and floss between teeth at least once per day. 

The Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry

Regular office visits and proper at-home care can help instill good oral hygiene habits in your child. Regular cleanings and exams can detect decay or gum disease early, allowing us to take quick action to preserve your child’s oral health. By modeling good oral hygiene habits for your child and scheduling regular checkups, you can help emphasize the importance of good oral health practices.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Child

Whether you need to schedule your child’s first appointment or a biannual exam and cleaning, contact us today. Our staff is friendly and professional and can help your child feel as comfortable as possible during his or her visit to reduce any fear of dental procedures.

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