Pediatric dentistry is focused on the oral health of infants, children, and teens. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of issues that affect children’s mouths, gums, and teeth. At six months old, a baby will start to get their first teeth. By age 7, their primary teeth will fall out and eventually be replaced with the adult set. Therefore, it is imperative that parents take their kids to see their Richmond Hill, NY dentist on a regular basis. The possibility of decay and disease increase exponentially in those children who do not. As a result, these kids are more likely to face serious dental issues over time.
At Caring Dentistry of Queens, we recommend that infants come in at around six months of age. During this visit, your child will receive their first dental exam. Subsequent visits will begin with routine cleaning. Professional teeth cleanings should be scheduled about every six months or as directed by your Richmond Hill, NY dentist. During these appointments, a complete dental exam will be performed. At this time, we will also go over proper brushing and flossing techniques. Also, if deemed necessary, x-rays will be taken, and fluoride will be applied to the teeth
Regarding fluoride treatment, the newest advancement is fluoride varnish. In fact, research has shown that it is twice as effective as traditional fluoride. This will reverse and or slow down cavity formation in young teeth. The pediatric dentist may also decide to provide sealants to your child’s teeth. The sealant serves as a barrier that protects tooth surfaces from plaque, acid, and food. In turn, it decreases the chance of decay and cavities.
If a cavity is discovered during your child’s routine exam, a tooth-colored filling will be used to repair the damage. It’s also known as a composite filling. A cavity can be treated in one visit, and it will restore the tooth to its original form.
Lastly, we recognize that many kids and adults suffer from high anxiety levels at the mere mention of dentists. With that in mind, Caring Dentistry of Queens provides sedation dentistry options to ensure patient comfort.