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Your Childs Dental Visit

I find most dental phobias  in adults started from a bad childhood dental experience. So it is my philosophy to treat  make your child's' visit as pleasant as possible.  We offer a gentle dental cleaning with a choice of flavors. We never push a child past their tolerance. Sunglasses are provided and every child gets a goody bag with toys as well as a hygiene kit. I find most of my pediatric patients look forward to their visits and have excellent oral hygiene.  Make your family part of ours. General dentists NYC, care for the whole family located in the 10016 10010 Murray Hill Kips Bay area.

How should I care for my infants mouth?

Starting oral hygiene early

What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste sized toothbrush. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste.

Oral Habits

Thumb  sucking grinding or baby teeth that don't fall out?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your dentist. It is very important to monitor and intercept any orthodontic problems early.
Baby teeth that do not fall out can also create future orthodontic problems. See your dentist immediately it you observe an adult tooth erupting and a baby tooth is blocking its path.

Dental Sealants

Cavity prevention

 Children who are very prone to tooth decay, also have the option of dental sealants.

Dental sealant is a thin, clear coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food.

Fluoride Varnish

Caries prevention

Every Child receives an application of fluoride varnish after their cleaning. This treatment is offered in several pleasing flavors. The application lasts for up to  6 months. Your child can eat and drink immediately after it is brushed on.