Routine pediatric dentistry appointments are one of the easiest ways to preserve your child’s oral health. At Family Smile Dental in New York City, pediatric dentist Elena Lange, DDS, offers a variety of pediatric dental services, including oral exams, fluoride treatment, and dental sealants to children and teens. To make an appointment at either practice location, call the office in the neighborhoods of Sheepshead Bay or Midwood in Brooklyn, or schedule online today.
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry diagnoses, treats, and prevents oral health problems in infants, children, and teens. Regular visits to the pediatric dentist are an easy and effective way to significantly reduce your child’s risk of potentially serious oral health problems, including cavities, gum disease, and crowding.
In addition to conducting routine maintenance, pediatric dentists like Dr. Lange, provide education on nutrition and good oral hygiene. What’s more, taking your child to the dentist when they’re young can minimize feelings of fear and anxiety.
What services does pediatric dentistry provide?
Family Smile Dental offers a comprehensive suite of pediatric dentistry services, including:
An oral exam is a routine check-up that assesses your child’s oral health. During an oral exam, Dr. Lange uses a handheld mirror to observe your child’s cheeks, tongue, gums, and teeth. If she uncovers any abnormalities, Dr. Lange can order additional testing like X-rays or a biopsy.
Teeth cleaning involves a dental hygienist removing plaque and tartar from the surface of your child’s teeth and beneath their gum line. Even if your child brushes and flosses twice daily, it’s important they receive professional teeth cleaning twice a year. It’s one of the easiest ways to prevent cavities and gum disease.
If your child regularly experiences cavities, Dr. Lange might recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral found in many foods and most municipal water sources. When applied to your child’s teeth, it strengthens their enamel, reducing the risk of tooth decay.
Sometimes fluoride treatment isn’t enough to prevent cavities. If your child frequently experiences tooth decay, Dr. Lange might recommend sealants. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the teeth at the back of your child’s mouth. They create a protective barrier that prevents harmful bacteria from decaying the tooth enamel.
If your child has crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, Dr. Lange might recommend orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics uses special oral appliances, like Invisalign® aligners, to improve the position of your child’s teeth and jaw.
Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that minimizes feelings of dental anxiety. It’s a safe and effective way to ensure your child’s comfort while they receive oral health care.
When should my child visit the pediatric dentist?
Family Smile Dental recommends all children visit the pediatric dentist by age one, or when their first tooth breaks through the gum line, whichever comes first. Investing in pediatric dentistry at an early age can preserve your child’s oral well-being for years to come.
To make a pediatric dentistry appointment for your child at Family Smile Dental, call the nearest office, or schedule online today.