Pediatric Dentistry Specialist
Families want the highest quality dental care for their children in an environment that’s safe and welcoming. The team at Cosmetic Dentistry Center in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York, strives to make visits to the dentist fun, relaxed, and comfortable for children of all ages. If you want to learn more about pediatric dentistry, schedule a consultation online or call the office today.
Questions & Answers
Pediatric Dentistry Q & A
Your child’s dental development is complicated, so regular dental checkups are essential to monitor the progress from “baby teeth” to permanent teeth. Dental checkups also help prevent cavities in both juvenile and emerging adult teeth. Cavities, infection, and teeth that don’t grow in correctly can have a serious effect on your child’s long-term oral health.
The skilled dentists at Cosmetic Dentistry Center have the training and expertise to make your child’s dental visits gentle, fun, and free of distress. Having a great experience at early dental visits can have a positive impact on children’s dental health and oral hygiene in the future.
According to the American Dental Association, children should see a dentist when they’re 6 months, 18 months, and 3 years old. Once your child starts kindergarten, a yearly checkup and a cleaning every six months are recommended.
For children ages 6 months to 3 years, a pediatric dental exam is fast and straightforward — the dentist examines the gums for any sores, signs of infection, or indications that the juvenile teeth aren’t growing in as they should. Around age 3, your child has their first X-rays and first cleaning.
Some dental conditions that a dentist with pediatric training can address include:
- Early childhood caries, or baby bottle caries (tooth decay)
- Juvenile cavities
- Damaged teeth
- Gum issues
- Oral habits like thumbsucking or tongue thrusting
When an adult tooth begins to grow in before the baby tooth above it has fallen out, it’s known as an ectopic eruption. This condition can be painful for a child, but a caring, qualified dentist can safely remove the baby tooth, so the permanent tooth can grow in straight, without causing pain or future complications.
Prevention is the key to good oral health for adults and kids alike. The friendly team at Cosmetic Dentistry Center discusses age-appropriate daily oral care with you at every stage of your child’s development, so you can ensure they’re learning the healthiest habits. With regular brushing, flossing, checkups, and cleanings, your child’s permanent teeth can remain healthy and strong for a lifetime.
To discuss pediatric dental care at Cosmetic Dentistry Center, call the office or book an appointment online today.