Pediatric Dentists Ease Fear, Set the Stage for a Healthy Smile
As soon as those baby teeth come in, regular dental checkups are paramount for good oral hygiene. But what child loves going to the dentist? Dental anxiety often develops in our formative years, when strange sounds, smells and people can be downright scary. Distraught at the notion of pain or even separation from mom, little ones can – and often do — throw tantrums when it’s time for a teeth cleaning.
Though it’s perfectly normal for kids to be fearful of the dentist, avoiding routine checkups can be a big mistake! Twenty-five percent of children ages 2-5 have some form of tooth decay, which if left unchecked can cause serious bacterial infections and even interfere with eating and speaking.
At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick understand how overwhelming a trip to the dentist can be for young children, which is why their entire staff work hard to put little ones at ease. We know that parents want a pediatric dentist on Long Island who makes the whole experience as fun and relaxing as possible. Unencumbered by anxiety, your child can look forward to his 6-month check-ups, which helps set the stage for a healthy smile.
Dentistry for children
According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, toddlers should visit their dentist when their first tooth comes in or when they turn one year-old – whichever comes first. Your pediatric dentist will care for your child’s dental health from infancy all the way through adolescence, providing the following care:
- Oral exams to identify tooth decay
- Gum disease management and prevention
- Repair of tooth defects and cavities
- Discussing important dental habits like tongue thrusting, pacifier use, teeth grinding or thumb sucking
- Explaining fun ways to encourage preventive care, including brushing, flossing, as well as periodic sealants and fluoride treatments
- Evaluation of tooth development
- Assessment of bite issues and future orthodontics for straightening teeth
- Emergency repairs for fractured, lost or displaced teeth
- Providing information on a tooth-friendly diet
Beyond offering pediatric dental care in a gentle manner, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have a warm bedside manner that is kid-friendly and welcoming. Before any treatment is started, our team carefully explains what our patients can expect, so there are no scary surprises. When this approach isn’t effective, we can often draw a child’s attention elsewhere with engaging stories or conversations, and we do offer sedation dentistry in certain circumstances.
Pediatric dentist on Long Island
Whether you need pediatric dental care for your infant or teen, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot can effectively ease your child’s apprehensions, turning their dental visit into a positive experience. At our Suffolk County dental practice, we help guide children into adopting good oral hygiene habits and developing positive attitudes toward dental care.
To arrange an appointment with trusted dentists that kids love, we invite you to call us today (631) 850-3145.