DENTISTRY FOR KIDS
Your child’s mouth is constantly growing and changing. For this reason, regular dental care is a must. However, the needs of your child’s developing mouth are different from the needs of adult’s fully formed one. At National Dental Douglaston, we offer dentistry for kids, specialized care for little mouths that will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health.
PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANINGS AND EXAMS
Even if your child brushes their teeth on their own, children are much more likely to miss certain areas of their mouths. As a result, bacteria multiply and cause cavities on their teeth. For this reason, regular cleanings for your child are essential. With our specialized tools, we can reach the areas that your child misses, and remove any plaque, tartar and bacteria buildup. Once we have scraped your child’s teeth clean, we polish them to a beautiful smooth finish.
Along with regular cleanings, we perform a thorough examination of your child’s mouth. This is done during the same appointment as their cleaning. During these exams, we inspect your child’s teeth for signs of cavities, along with other damage. We check to make sure that your child’s teeth and jaw are growing and developing properly. Finally, we have an in-depth discussion with you and your child about their brushing habits and how you can both work to improve them.
At National Dental, we utilize digital X-ray technology. X-rays are an essential part of anyone’s oral health record. With digital X-rays, we can spot cavities in your child’s teeth early, and take action before they cause serious damage. X-rays also provide us with insight as to how your child’s teeth and jaw are growing and developing. We can monitor their teeth for signs of overcrowding or impacted teeth. With early detection, we can recommend treatments to avoid serious complications when your child is older.
PROTECTING VULNERABLE TEETH WITH FLUORIDE
Fluoride is a natural element that is found in teeth. Every day, some are lost through demineralization. It is also added back daily in small amounts through treated water and certain foods. Fluoride is essential for protecting teeth against acid attacks that cause enamel weakening and cavities. At National Dental, we can provide your child with fluoride treatments. It is a simple procedure. We apply the treatment directly to the surfaces of your child’s teeth, and it absorbs in. The fluoride also gathers at the gums and can act as a protective barrier for when their permanent teeth grow in.
SEALING OUT CAVITIES WITH SEALANTS
Sealants are another protective measure against cavities that are placed on molars. Molars have cusps on them, creating deep crevices. These crevices can be difficult for the bristles of their toothbrush to reach thoroughly. Food and bacteria can collect in the crevices, leading to cavities. Sealants are designed to cover over these crevices, creating a flat surface that is much easier to reach, making your child’s teeth easier to care for.
DEALING WITH CAVITIES
If your child does develop a cavity, we can provide treatment to fill it. We offer amalgam and composite resin fillings, each with their advantages. The process is fairly simple. We remove the decay from your child’s tooth, clean it and shape the cavity. We then apply the filling, dry it and smooth it. With a filling, your child’s tooth is protected from more serious decay damage.
The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends that your child be seen by the age of 7 for an orthodontic evaluation. This evaluation is designed to check for potential issues with bite and alignment that might occur as your child grows. In doing so, we can recommend treatments that can help provide your child with a healthy beautiful smile as they get older.
Your child deserves only the highest quality oral healthcare available, designed specifically to meet their needs. For more information on our dentistry for kids, or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882!