We are proud to serve your full family’s dental care needs. We provide all of the services you and your children need to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. Preventive care is an essential component of pediatric dentistry. We provide routine cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments for children to help stave off the development of cavities and gum disease. Let us start your children off on the right foot for a lifetime of great dental health.
Pediatric Dentistry Can Set the Stage for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we proudly treat patients of all ages. We provide a range of pediatric dentistry treatments at our Long Island practice, including routine cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. Our dentists and hygienists know how to make kids feel relaxed during treatment, and we provide education to both you and your child to establish a foundation for a lifetime of dental health. To learn more about our pediatric dentistry services, or to schedule an appointment for your child, call our office today.
The Importance of Early Preventative Care
Although you may assume that your child does not need to visit the dentist until adult teeth begin to come in, dental health actually begins in infancy. You should gently wipe down your baby’s gums with a wet cloth, and begin brushing with a soft toothbrush as soon as the first tooth appears. Your child should make an initial visit to the dentist after his first birthday, or six months after the first tooth erupts. From then on, you should take your child in for checkups every six months, and maintain their brushing and flossing routine at home.
As soon as your child is old enough to visit our office, the dentist will perform routine cleanings, removing plaque and bacteria. Regular care will help protect against decay and cavities. The dentist can also look for early signs of dental abnormalities, and, if necessary, we can begin to develop a plan for later dental treatment. Regular visits to our office are also important because they teach your child about the importance of proper dental care. In a fun and comfortable environment, we will explain dental hygiene to your child, helping to instill lifelong habits to protect oral health.
The molars are particularly prone to decay because the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces often harbor bacteria and bits of food. To help prevent cavities, we can apply dental sealants, made of a specially formulated coat of plastic, to the top of your child’s molars. Before placing a sealant, the dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth and apply a mild acid solution to the top surface. This solution is completely safe, and gently roughens the tooth surface to create a stronger bonding surface for the sealant. Next, the dentist will apply the sealant and harden it using a curing light. Dental sealants have been proven effective in protecting against dental decay. With proper dental maintenance, sealants can last for years to come.
When acid attacks the outer surface of a tooth, the dental enamel loses minerals. This process occurs continually, even for patients who have outstanding dental hygiene. Fluoride helps to strengthen dental enamel and speed the remineralization process. In some cases, fluoride can help reverse dental damage. The dentist will apply a fluoride gel or varnish to your child’s teeth, and he or she may also prescribe fluoride supplements in the form of small tablets.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
Contact 4Excellence in Dentistry to book an appointment with an outstanding pediatric dentist. We look forward to helping your child achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles.