Pediatric Dentistry

East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

If you have children, it’s important to protect their oral health with pediatric dentistry. Regular pediatric dentistry checkups can alert you to potential problems like cavities and gum disease early on and prevent them from getting worse. At East Village Dental in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the team proudly offers a full range of pediatric dentistry services to children and adolescents living in New York City. To request your appointment today, call the office or click the online booking tool.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a branch of oral health care that focuses on diagnosing and treating problems that affect children’s teeth and gums. East Village Dental doesn’t have a pediatric dentist on staff, but they do specialize in treating children and adolescents. 

What happens during a pediatric dentistry appointment?

During a pediatric dentistry appointment, your East Village Dental provider checks all of your child’s teeth for decay, examines their bite, and looks for any potential problems with their gums. 

After conducting a thorough exam, your child’s dentist cleans their teeth of plaque, tartar, and food debris. Next, they assess your child’s need for fluoride. Some other topics your child’s dentist might discuss during a pediatric dentistry appointment include:

  • Proper oral hygiene
  • Cavity prevention
  • Teething
  • Proper nutrition
  • Sports guards

Your child’s dentist also explains the importance of regular dental checkups. At East Village Dental, the team recommends children visit the office every six months to build up their confidence and comfort level, and maintain their oral health. 

When should my child have their first pediatric dentistry appointment?

The American Dental Association recommends children have their first pediatric dentistry appointment by their first birthday or when their first baby tooth breaks through the gum line; whichever comes first. 

Even if your child doesn’t have a full mouth of teeth, participating in preventive measures like regular oral exams can save you money and prevent the need for time-consuming, or more complex procedures later on. 

How can I encourage my child to practice good oral hygiene?

At East Village Dental, the team believes parents play a crucial role in the creation of early oral hygiene habits. The team regularly educates parents on how to speak to their children about the dentist. This includes using positive words and kid-friendly terms.

The team also recommends keeping things simple; if your child asks lots of questions, don’t over-explain. You might also want to watch some Youtube videos that talk about the importance of good oral hygiene. Little things like this can ease your child’s fears and encourage them to participate in their oral health.

What if my child is afraid of visiting the dentist?

The team at East Village Dental knows that many toddlers and young children are afraid of visiting the dentist. To ease these fears, the team offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere as well as sedation dentistry. 

During your child’s first few appointments, the team slowly introduces them to dental tools and explains the different processes in kid-friendly language. Following your child’s appointment, the team also provides a new toothbrush and a small gift.

If it’s been more than a year since your child last visited the dentist, make a pediatric dentistry appointment at East Village Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.