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Regular care for children is extremely important for setting a great foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene and a healthy smile. At South Nassau Dental Arts, we provide dental care for the entire family, including infants, children and adolescents. As a leading child dentist in Rockville Centre, NY, Dr. Anthony Russo and Dr. Shoukry are experienced in providing dental care for infants and children and strives to make these special patients feel comfortable during their examinations and treatments.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry relates to the diagnosis and treatment of dental maladies in children with primary (baby) teeth as well as a mixed dentition (baby teeth and adult teeth/adolescent). The first dental visit as recommended by the American Dental Association is at 6 months of age – when the child’s first teeth should be erupting. This visit will entail the doctor evaluating the tissues of the mouth to ensure no abnormalities are present. Each subsequent visit (regular 6 month evaluations) builds the doctor – child relationship and ensures a level of trust so that as the child need treatment, whether it be hygiene or cavity restorations, they are comfortable with the provider performing the procedures.
First Dental Examination: What To Expect
During your child's first exam, our Rockville Centre dentists will answer any questions and address your concerns with regards to the patient’s dentition as well as skeletal development. There are many things that can affect the skeletal formation – tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, etc. It is our job as leading dentists in Rockville Centre to diagnose these issues at the appropriate time frame and recommend treatment within that time frame to allow for maximum benefit for patient aesthetics as well as function.
Undiagnosed skeletal issues at an early age (approximately 6 years to 11 years of age) may lead to a compromised orthodontic result, compromised aesthetics or require surgery as an adult to correct. Also at these visits patient parents will be informed as to what the causative factors for cavities are and appropriate ways to minimize the risk of cavities through oral hygiene and nutrition.
When Should Your Child Have His/Her First Dental Visit?
Your child should have his or her first dental appointment after the first tooth appears and before his or her first birthday. While children do lose their "baby" teeth, or primary teeth, these teeth are instrumental in helping children speak and chew properly. Additionally, these primary teeth create a path for their permanent adult teeth to follow when they erupt. Dental check-ups are also important opportunities to create a good foundation for ongoing oral hygiene and give parents the chance to ask any questions they have about a child's oral health.
You child's first dental visit will include scaling and polishing, fluoride treatment, a soft tissue examination, brushing and flossing instructions, a developmental examination, and nutritional counseling for maintaining good oral health.
Why Treat Baby Teeth?
Why treat baby teeth? The primary dentition serves to maintain space for the adult dentition. Each tooth has a number of years it must last to hold the space for the adult teeth. Should primary teeth be prematurely lost without maintain the space with a space maintainer, etc., there will be spacing issues that may lead to the need for orthodontic treatment (braces) or affect the long term outcome of the orthodontic therapy.
Call 516-763-4500 to schedule an appointment for your child today!