When it comes to dental care, it’s just as important for kids as it is for adults. Because several oral health issues can develop at an early age, children should have their first dental examination around the age of one, or by the time their first tooth comes in. National Dental Melville is a family practice, and we strive to foster a fun and educational environment for your child. By learning about healthy habits at a young age, kids can carry numerous benefits with them into adulthood.
About Your Child’s First Visit
It is so important to make your child’s first dental visit a positive experience. By nature, kids are curious. They may ask a lot of questions leading up to their appointment. Be sure they understand that there is nothing to fear. During the visit, the doctor will perform a simple assessment of the teeth and gums, and recommend any necessary treatment based on your child’s developmental level. Generally, we try to keep the first appointment fairly short, and talk with your child about how fun brushing and flossing can be.>> Learn more about Your child’s first visit
Pediatric Services at National Dental
The treatments recommended for your child will largely depend on his or her age and unique oral health needs. Once we complete an examination, we will be able to design a customized treatment plan based on the specific needs of your child. Listed below are just a few of the services we offer at National Dental Melville.
Just as adults require dental examinations every few months, kids do as well. This will simply allow your doctor to monitor your child’s growth and progress. In addition, we will also check for any potential problems, as they can typically be treated in a minimally invasive manner when diagnosed early.
Oral bacteria like to hide in the plaque deposits on the teeth. These microbes feed on sugary and starchy foods, creating an acidic environment in the mouth. If the teeth are not professionally cleaned on a routine basis, these bacteria can lead to tooth decay.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Lifelong habits begin at an early age. It is so important to encourage your child to become invested in his or her own oral health. During visits at our office, we will combine fun with learning, and teach your child how to properly brush and floss at home.
When the enamel wears thin, the teeth become much more susceptible to decay. Fluoride treatments actively remineralize the outer surfaces of the teeth, making them strong and resilient against cavities.
Sometimes the back teeth tend to trap food and debris. This is because of deep grooves, pits, and fissures in the chewing surfaces. These areas can be especially difficult to clean, making them a breeding ground for decay. Dental sealants can be applied to shield the teeth from cavities. After thoroughly cleaning the teeth, your doctor will apply a clear, plastic-like liquid, then harden it with a curing light. Of course, dental sealants are not a replacement for proper brushing and flossing, but they are an excellent supplemental tool for those who are prone to decay.
Custom Mouth Guards
Does your child play contact sports? No matter their age, it is important to protect their teeth during practices and games. A mouth guard cushions the teeth and protects them against fractures. At National Dental Melville, we can fabricate a custom athletic sports guard for your child. Designed to fit snugly over the teeth, custom guards are far more comfortable than store-bought alternatives.>> Learn more about Mouthguards
Contact National Dental Melville
To learn more about the pediatric dental services we offer, schedule a visit at our practice. You can call us at (631) 816-2277 or contact us online.