Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy with Pediatric Dentistry
As a family dental practice, Greater Long Island Dental offers a variety of treatments for children, teens, and adults alike. To instill healthy lifelong habits, we recommend introducing your child to dentistry at a young age. Parents can begin protecting their children's oral health as early as age two with visits to our Long Island, NY, dental practice. Dr. Diana M. Backer has over 15 years of experience treating patients of all ages and offers a variety of treatments in pediatric dentistry.
About Pediatric Dental Care
Many individuals are under the impression that baby teeth are not really that important since they will eventually fall out anyway. On the contrary, primary teeth not only hold space for permanent adult teeth later on, but also help your child develop proper speech patterns and experience adequate nutrition through proper chewing function.
Pediatric dental care is essential for your child’s oral health. Because the enamel on a baby tooth is not as strong and resilient as the enamel on an adult tooth, early dental care is important for your little ones. Through treatments in preventative dentistry, such as examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and more, we can help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums during the developmental stage and give him or her the tools necessary for long-term oral health.
We strive to combine education and fun so your child can become excited about his or her oral health.
Healthy Habits for a Lifetime of Benefits
When it comes to teaching your child proper oral health habits, it can be challenging. Our team can join forces with you and help your child adopt healthy brushing and flossing routines. In addition to demonstrating specific techniques, we also explain why sugary and starchy foods should be consumed in moderation. We strive to combine education and fun so your child can become excited about his or her oral health. There are a few things you can do at home to make brushing and flossing more fun. For example:
- Allow your child to choose his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste. Just be sure whatever he or she selects is approved by the American Dental Association.
- Brush with your child.
- Sing songs or read books about dental hygiene.
- Consider using a reward system, such as a sticker chart, for a job well done.
Dental Sealants for Protection against Cavities
The back teeth have deep grooves, pits, and fissures. Food and debris can easily become trapped in these areas. As a result, they can become a breeding ground for oral bacteria. Dental sealants can be used to help prevent cavities. To apply sealants, the teeth are methodically cleaned and dried. A thin layer of protective coating is painted onto the surfaces of the teeth, and the material is hardened with a special curing light. Dental sealants literally shield the teeth from plaque, food, and bacteria, significantly decreasing the risk for tooth decay. While sealants are not a substitute for proper brushing and flossing, they are an excellent supplemental tool to help keep teeth healthy.
Why Choose Greater Long Island Dental?
In the past, visiting the dentist was a cause of fear and anxiety for many patients. With advances in technology and treatment methods, attending a dental appointment no longer has to be a negative experience. Every day, we strive to cultivate a friendly, comfortable, relaxing atmosphere that can help our young patients feel comfortable.
Learn More about Pediatric Dentistry
If you are seeking pediatric dental care for your child, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Greater Long Island Dental. Contact us online or call us at (516) 468-7103.
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