Pediatric Dentistry in NYC
Koppelman Dental provides pediatric dental services in Midtown West, Manhattan. Call 212-382-3782 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Pediatric dentistry lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. In decades past, people disregarded primary teeth as unimportant, but now we know better. Primary teeth deserve the same level of care as your child’s adult teeth because they are essential for their nutrition, speech development, and overall oral health.
We’re pleased to provide pediatric dental care at Koppelman Dental. These services include:
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation and Digital Radiographs
Oral evaluations are important for preventing cavities and other dental problems, which is why it’s recommended that children see the dentist every six months. During these visits, we may order digital radiographs, which help us identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, and cysts that are not apparent during a visual exam.
Dental cleanings typically occur during the same appointment as a comprehensive oral evaluation. These cleanings keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free by removing plaque and tartar and polishing each tooth to remove stains and create a smooth surface that makes it more difficult for new plaque deposits to form.
Dental sealants are one of the most effective tools we have for preventing tooth decay in pediatric patients. A safe, BPA-free resin material is painted onto the surfaces of the molars to fill in crevices where food and cavity-causing bacteria collect. Sealants are fast, easy, painless, and affordable, making them an excellent preventive treatment.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. Although there is fluoride in water and toothpaste, topical fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office are also important for children’s dental health.
If your child is involved in athletics, they should have a custom-fitted mouth guard. Even a boil-and-bite guard is not the same as a custom-made mouth guard from a dentist. The material we use offers superior protection from injury and a more comfortable feel. Mouth guards are recommended for all children, but especially those who wear braces.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
When should children start seeing a dentist?
Children should start seeing the dentist at the age of 12 months or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth, whichever comes first.
How often should kids see the dentist?
Just like adults, children should see the dentist every six months for comprehensive oral evaluations and dental cleanings.
Do cavities in baby teeth need to be filled?
Unless a tooth is about to fall out on its own, cavities in baby teeth should be treated. Without treatment, cavities can become painful, interfere with eating, and compromise your child’s dental health.
How do you prevent cavities in children?
Regular dental visits every six months, good home oral hygiene habits, and a healthy, well-balanced diet are all key to cavity prevention. Fluoride treatments and dental sealants also help keep teeth free of decay.
Call 212-382-3782 to schedule your appointment.