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Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

ToothDocs

Dentistry & Pediatric Dentistry located in Roslyn, NY & Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Cultivating a healthy smile starts the moment your child’s first tooth emerges. With locations in Roslyn, New York, and two offices in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, ToothDocs built its practice on the premise that every family deserves quality dental care. The team at ToothDocs strives to make their pediatric patients comfortable at every appointment. From sealants and teeth cleanings to oral health education, the team has a variety of pediatric dentistry services for your whole family. Call ToothDocs now, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry focuses on developing and maintaining optimal oral health practices in children. The team at ToothDocs knows how important it is to protect your child’s teeth starting at an early age. Pediatric dentists help prevent and treat common oral health problems, such as cavities, to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.

Why is pediatric dentistry important?

Teaching your child good oral health habits at an early age promotes optimal oral hygiene habits, such as regular teeth cleanings and brushing and flossing. When you take care of your child’s baby teeth, it provides a blueprint for how their permanent teeth will emerge.

Encouraging a positive relationship between your child and their pediatric dentist is an important step in fostering a lifetime of healthy smiles. The team at ToothDocs strives to create a warm, inviting environment for all children.

What can pediatric dentistry treat?

Preserving your child’s baby and permanent teeth is a top priority at ToothDocs. Some of the most common pediatric dental concerns prevented and treated include:

  • Cavities
  • Tooth stains
  • Chromogenic stains
  • Shark teeth (adult teeth erupting behind baby teeth)
  • Tooth trauma
  • Early tooth loss
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting

After a dental exam, the ToothDocs team can also give you tips on how to keep baby molars healthy. Cleaning baby molars is difficult, but proper brushing and good nutrition can keep your baby’s molars healthy and cavity-free.

Is it important to fix baby teeth?

Many parents ask if maintaining or fixing baby teeth is necessary since they ultimately fall out. While baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, aren't permanent, forgoing dental care can have lasting consequences.

Even though baby teeth don't last forever, your child still has to live with them until their permanent adult teeth emerge. For instance, your child will likely keep their baby molars until at least age ten. If decay or damage goes untreated, your child will experience pain and infections.

Another reason to take care of baby teeth is that they are ultimately place holders for adult teeth. Preserving these teeth helps to prevent crowding and other issues later on.

When should my child see the dentist?

Your baby’s first visit to the dentist should occur at one year of age. At this time, the team may not perform a full teeth cleaning. However, these early visits can help you be proactive about your baby’s oral health.

It’s important to prepare your baby for their first dental visit. Make sure to feed your baby before their appointment so they’re comfortable when they arrive. You should try to create a positive, stress-free environment for your baby.

If your child is old enough, you may want to have them practice opening and closing their mouth to prepare for their dental exam. 

Your baby’s first dental visit is as much for you as it is for your baby. If you have questions regarding your baby’s oral health, feeding practices, nutritional choices, or oral habits, create a list for the ToothDocs team.

To schedule a pediatric dentistry visit for your child, call ToothDocs, or book a visit online today.