At Upper East Side National Dental, we believe that quality, personalized dental care should be provided for patients of all ages. That is why we strive to foster a caring, compassionate, and fun environment for your child. Using prevention, education, and comprehensive treatments in pediatric dentistry, we work with your child to help him or her develop oral hygiene habits that can last a lifetime.
When to Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend bringing your child to the dentist by age one or by the time the first tooth grows in. This is important for two reasons. First, it introduces your child to dentistry at a young age. Secondly, it gives your dentist a chance to detect any potential growth or skeletal issues early on, as these problems are much easier to address when your child is still in the developmental phase.>>Learn more about Your child’s first visit
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Typically, your child’s first visit will be relatively short. During the appointment, your doctor will visually assess your child’s existing teeth, oral soft tissues, and occlusion (bite). Depending on your child’s age or need, we may clean the teeth or recommend preventative treatments, such as fluoride or dental sealants. If your child is very young or apprehensive, we may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold him or her in your lap. We may even take dental x-rays if they are deemed necessary. At National Dental, we use digital radiographs, which emit much less radiation than traditional units. After the evaluation, our team will discuss age-appropriate basics with you and your child. This may include:
- A brushing and flossing tutorial
- Exploring developmental milestones
- Discussing appropriate nutrition for optimal oral health
- Considering any habits your child may have, such as tongue-thrusting or thumb-sucking
- How to prevent tooth decay
Once the first visit is complete, we will determine a routine schedule for your child’s dental appointments. Typically, we like to monitor your child’s progress approximately every six months.
Oral Hygiene Tips and Tricks
Many individuals mistakenly assume that baby teeth are not really important. On the contrary, they are essential for proper growth and development. In addition to helping your child eat, baby teeth also help him or her foster proper speech patterns. Furthermore, they hold space for the permanent teeth to erupt appropriately later on. Therefore, brushing and flossing is crucial for the health of your child’s teeth and gums. At National Dental, we believe the best way to cultivate healthy hygiene habits is to make brushing fun for your child. Listed below are just a few tips and tricks to help your child become excited about fighting cavities:
- Let your child choose his or her own toothbrush (as long as it is soft-bristled)
- Brush with your child in the morning and before bed
- Monitor their brushing routine
- Sing songs or read books about dental hygiene
- Offer a reward for a job well done
No matter the age, a mouth guard is a necessity if your child plays contact sports. Statistically, an overwhelming number of childhood dental injuries are sports-related – nearly 40 percent. Therefore, whenever your child goes out to play on the field or court, it is important to protect the teeth from trauma. While store-bought mouth guards are better than nothing, a custom appliance from National Dental will fit snugly over the teeth for maximum comfort.>>Learn more about Mouthguards
Contact National Dental Today
If you are searching for a pediatric dentist for your little one, schedule a consultation at Upper East Side National Dental. Call us at (646) 736-2206 or contact us online anytime.