National Dental Oakland Gardens is a family practice. Therefore, we strive to create an environment that is comfortable for patients of all ages, even your little ones. Instilling appropriate hygiene habits at a young age is essential for long-term oral health. Our team is dedicated to providing your child with everything he or she needs for a healthy smile well into adulthood.
The Importance of Children’s Dentistry
Some individuals wrongly assume that baby teeth are not really important since they will eventually fall out anyway. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Your child’s primary teeth assist in obtaining proper nutrition. They also help your child develop appropriate speech patterns, as well as “hold space” in your child’s dentition, preparing the jaw for the adult teeth later on.
Your Child’s First Dental Appointment
At National Dental, we adhere to the American Dental Association’s recommendation for pediatric dental care. This organization states that parents should bring their child to the dentist within six months of the first tooth growing in or by the time they are one year old. We find this is an excellent age to assess your child’s overall oral health and check existing teeth for problems. Additionally, we will examine the oral soft tissues and evaluate the jaw joints to ensure everything is functioning properly.>> Learn more about Your child’s first visit
Pediatric Dental Treatments at National Dental
We believe that dental care should be customized to the specific needs of the individual. Children are no exception to this rule. Therefore, your doctor will take time to get to know your child and determine if he or she has any specific dental needs. Treatment will be planned accordingly. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we offer a number of pediatric treatments, which we will briefly explore below.
Dental Examinations and Cleanings
The most important elements of oral health are routine examinations and cleanings. Like adults, children require a teeth cleaning at least every six months. During this visit, your doctor will also monitor your child’s teeth and gums to make sure there are no potential issues.
Patients of all ages can be susceptible to tooth decay. Children are even more vulnerable to cavities, as the enamel on baby teeth is not as resilient as the enamel on permanent adult teeth. Topical fluoride treatments can remineralize the protective outer layer of the teeth, making them durable against decay.
The premolars and molars often have deep fissures or grooves on the chewing surfaces, which can be difficult to clean effectively. To keep these areas from collecting food and debris, sealants can be placed to shield the teeth from bacteria.
Custom Mouth Guards
If your child plays contact sports, a mouth guard is absolutely essential for protecting his or her teeth. Our team can fabricate a custom mouth guard, designed to fit snugly over your child’s teeth during practices and games. Custom guards are far more comfortable than store-bought guards, and many parents find that their children are much more likely to wear them compared to over-the-counter brands. >> Learn more about Mouthguards
Learn More about Pediatric Dentistry
If your little one is in need of dental care, schedule a visit at National Dental Oakland Gardens. Call us at (718) 407-0574 or contact us online.