Our Doctors have a very conservative approach, which focuses on prevention, and the overall well being of our patients.
People with significant medical, physical, or mental disabilities often present unique challenges to dentists. Our experience allows us to address their special needs and provide the best care possible.
We focus on prevention, early detections and treatment of dental disease, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children. The goal of this office is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. Our primary concern is to make a pleasant dental visit for your child in a non-threatening environment, and create a relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.
Baby's First Checkup and Tips for Early Children's Dental Care
The first primary or "baby tooth" usually appears between 6-12 months of age. It is very important that primary teeth are kept in place until they fall out naturally. Primary or "baby teeth" are important to help children learn to speak clearly and chew naturally. They also help in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to come in.
Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy life habits.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.
Children's Diet and Snacking
Try to make sure your child has a balanced diet. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child's teeth from decay. Sticky foods, such as fruit roll ups, fruit snacks, dried fruit (including raisins) toffee, gummi candy, etc. are not easily washed away from the teeth by water or saliva. They have more cavity-causing potential than foods more rapidly cleaned from the teeth.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully it is almost impossible to clean the tiny grooves and pits on certain teeth. Food and bacteria build up on these crevices, placing your child in danger of tooth decay. Dental sealants "seal out" food and plaque, which will reduce the risk of decay. Research shows that sealants last for many years if properly cared for. Therefore, your child will be protected throughout the most cavity-prone years. If your child has good oral hygiene and avoids "sticky foods", sealants will last much longer. Your pediatric dentist will check the sealants during routine dental visits and will recommend re-application or repair when necessary.
The application of a sealant is fast and comfortable. It takes only one visit. The tooth is first cleaned. It is then conditioned and dried. The sealant is then applied onto the grooves of the tooth and allowed to harden with a special light. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment. The treatment is very affordable, especially in view of the valuable decay protection if offers your child.
The teeth most in need of sealants are the six-year and twelve year molars. Many times the permanent premolars and primary molars will also benefit from sealant coverage. Any tooth with grooves or pits may benefit from the protection of sealants. Talk to your pediatric dentist, as each child's situation is unique.
Sealants together with brushing, flossing, balanced nutrition, limited snacking, and regular dental visits are essential to a bright, healthy smile.
All our doctors and staff have extensive training, knowledge, and experience in treating children with all special needs. The term special needs can refer to anything medical , physical, or emotional.
We encourage parents to please discuss any specific questions they may have regarding their children.
Treating patients with Autism is an area that we specifically take pride in both our levels of expertise and success as well.
Dr. Doug great with my autistic daughter!!
We are pleased to discuss and offer the fabrication of custom mouth guards when necessary. See emergency care for info on Dental Emergencies.
Tooth decay isn't the only reason for a dental visit. The pediatric dentist may identify orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth.
At your child's first dental check-up, the pediatric dentist will review your child's medical and dental history. He or she will gently examine your child's teeth, oral tissues, and jaw. The teeth will be cleaned and polished, followed by the application of fluoride solution. X-rays may be needed to diagnose tooth decay or abnormalities. They may be needed to survey incoming teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. Our x-rays are performed in a way that is perfectly safe and poses no risk to the children. Lead body aprons and shields help protect your child during x-rays. Today's equipment filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest. High-speed film, digital x-rays and proper shielding assure that your child receives a minimal amount of radiation exposure. The dentist or hygienist will discuss the need for x-rays with you before any are taken.
The new philosophy in dentistry is all about PREVENTION. This includes:
Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile for your child. Children with healthy smiles chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly. They have a better chance of general health, because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body. A healthy mouth is more attractive, giving children confidence in their appearance. Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive and less expensive, treatment for your child.
In addition to routine dental check-ups, there are certain things that you can do to help ensure your children's dental health, including:
OUR OFFICE HAS A PEDIATRIC DENTIST AND ORTHODONTIST ON CALL 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
Please keep the emergency number available and convenient.
What should I do if my child's tooth is knocked out?
Generally, if it is a baby tooth, it cannot be placed back in the mouth since it may damage the permanent tooth bud that is developing. Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. If it is a permanent tooth- TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Find the tooth ASAP. Hold the tooth by the crown rather than the root tip and rinse it gently in cold water. DO NOT SCRUB IT! If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with a clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container of milk or saliva. Get to the pediatric dentist immediately. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If there is a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture, you should go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head can be life threatening.
Dental injuries can be prevented.
First reduce oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards. Soft plastic mouth guards can be used to protect a child's teeth, lips, cheeks, gums and tongue from injury. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouth guards to prevent injury to their athletes. Any mouth guard works better than no mouth guard. So, choose a mouth guard that your child can wear comfortably. If it feels bulky or interferes with speech, it will be left in their sports bag!
WOODBURY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS
800 Woodbury Road Suite E Woodbury, NY 11797
Tel: (516) 921-0400
Fax: (516) 921-8629