Here at Merrick Pediatric Dentistry, we are dedicated to the health of your children’s mouths.
We are pediatric dentists, also known as pedodontists, which means that we are are able to care for the dental needs of children ranging from infancy to adolescence.
To be called a pediatric dentist, we had to take another two to three years of child-specific training after we finished our dental school requirements. During this time, we studied child psychology so that we are able to talk to children in a gentle yet effective way.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist (and more importantly a pediatric one) before they are one year old. It is also recommended that children come in about six months after the first tooth starts to come in. Many think that this seems early, but it is important for your children to get used to the dentist and for you to learn about preventive care for good dental health.
During these early visits, a pediatric dentist will be able to monitor the health of your children’s mouths. They are here for parents to discuss home care (especially home care that doesn’t cause tears) and how to prevent cavities and oral injuries at home. Pediatric dentists can also be helpful to stop unwanted oral habits such as thumb sucking.
This time is also used to answer any questions you have about preventive care and the treatment of any problems that your children may be having. We may also perform preventive treatments such as fluoride or sealants.
Because many people fear the dentist, pediatric dentists want to start children off early. We will do everything we can to make sure that children feel comfortable and safe while in our care. Our office is colorful and fun so that your children will want to come back!
While your children are in our office, we focus on many things. The first is the prevention of tooth decay. It is almost entirely preventable with good home care, though there are times when we apply fluoride or sealants to help.
We are also looking for problems that may develop later. Examinations and X-rays can help us detect malocclusions, problems with grinding, and potential jaw regularities early. Most of these cases can be fixed more easily if they are caught early.
As pediatric dentists, we offer many forms of treatment in addition to preventive care. We can perform pulp therapy, and we are always here in case of an accident near the mouth. We commonly recommend spacers for patients who lose their teeth too early.
We are here to educate our patients and their parents. It is our goal to make sure that everyone understands how important brushing and flossing teeth is. We can also discuss toothpaste, diet, problems your children may be having, and much more.
It is always our goal to stay up to date with the latest advances in dental medicine so that your children have healthy teeth. Children who don’t come visit us regularly may miss out on some preventive treatments that could help them.
If you have questions or concerns about when your children should see a pediatric dentist, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (516) 547-1997.