Dental visits are important for healthy teeth and gums. This is true not only for adults but for kids as well. However, developing mouths are different from those of adults, and therefore need specialized care. At National Dental Upper East Side, we offer dentistry for kids, helping to ensure a healthy mouth now, and well into adulthood.
Routine cleanings are an essential part of anyone’s oral health regimen, regardless of age. However, children tend to be more prone to cavities than adults. Even if your child knows the correct way to brush and floss their teeth, there are still spots that they can miss. With a professional cleaning, we can reach those areas and help to prevent cavities, along with other oral health issues.
Dental cleanings are a simple procedure. We use specialized tools to scrape plaque, tartar (hardened plaque) and bacteria from your child’s teeth. We clean all areas of the teeth. After they are scraped clean, we polish them to a fine shine.
Along with routine cleanings, exams are just as important. Exams are performed at the same appointment as your child’s regular cleanings. We examine their teeth for signs of cavities or other damage. We also check to make sure that your child’s teeth are growing and developing properly. We will also spend time speaking with your child to help them develop better at home oral hygiene habits.
X-rays are an essential part of anyone’s oral health record. With digital X-rays, we can not only spot cavities early on, but we can also check the growth and development of your child’s mouth. X-rays will allow us to make sure their teeth are coming in properly, and they won’t be faced with overcrowding or impacted teeth. With digital X-rays, the images are shown immediately on our computer monitor, so there is no need to wait while we develop them.
Fluoride treatments can be used for any dental patient, but they are especially helpful for children. Fluoride is a natural element found in teeth and helps to protect the enamel against bacterial attack. Fluoride can be found in small amounts in treated water and some foods, as well as some oral products like toothpaste. Our fluoride treatments are applied directly to the teeth so that they can absorb in. Fluoride also gathers at the gums, so that when your child’s permanent teeth emerge, they have a protective barrier to start.
Molars have cusps, which create crevices. For some people, those crevices are deep, and cannot be reached very well with the bristles of a toothbrush. This can lead to cavities. Sealants help to protect your child’s molars from bacterial attack by covering up the crevices, and providing a flat, easily accessible surface, making your child’s teeth easier to care for.
If your child does develop a cavity, we can help by providing a filling. We start by removing the decay from your child’s tooth and prepare it for the filling material. The material is then packed into the cavity. The material is dried and smoothed.
According to the American Academy of Orthodontics, your child should be evaluated by an orthodontist by the age of 7. A thorough evaluation of your child’s mouth can detect any potential issues as your child grows. With this evaluation, we can recommend any treatments that may be necessary for the health and beauty of your child’s mouth in the future.
Taking care of your child’s mouth now will help to set them on the course to a healthy mouth as an adult. For more information on our dentistry for kids, or to schedule an appointment for your child, call National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206!