Why is it so important that your children see a pediatric dentist? The fact is that we have both the specialty training and experience to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood. Just like we go to specialists depending on what medical issue we are having, our kids should go to a dentist that is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. We also need to remember that children are often not as patient or cooperative during a dental procedure as we might like. Pediatric dentists have the ability to examine and treat children in ways that make them more comfortable – it’s a homerun for everyone.
What happens if I don’t take my kids to the dentist?
Without appropriate dental intervention, children face possible oral diseases that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. These problems can interfere with learning, communication, nutrition, and other activities necessary for normal growth and development. Today, early childhood dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities caused by an infectious disease, is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
Pediatric dentists provide the following comprehensive oral health:
- Infant oral health exams to assess risk for caries in the future
- Preventive dental care, including cleaning and fluoride treatments and nutrition and diet recommendations
- Habit counseling (i.e. pacifier use, thumb sucking)
- Early assessment of teeth to determine need for straightening or correcting the bite (Orthodontics)
- Repair of cavities or other tooth defects
- Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with childhood diseases such as diabetes, asthma, congenital heart defects, autism, etc.
- Management of gum disease and conditions including ulcers, gingivitis, pediatric periodontal disease, etc.
- Care for dental injuries such as displaced, fractured, or avulsed teeth and prevention of dental injuries through fabrication of mouth guards
When should I take my kids to the dentist?
A dental home, which is an ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient, should be established by 12 months of age. Your child can establish and lead a healthy dental life with early intervention by a pediatric dentist, scheduled recall visits, as well as proper communication between the pediatric dentist, parent and pediatrician.
Meet the ProHEALTH Dental Team
Dr. Monica Tanna, together with Dr. Marcie Lebovic (Pediatric Dentist) and Dr. Vasso Ziotis (Orthodontist), comprise the pediatric dental team at ProHEALTH Dental. ProHEALTH Dental is a new state-of-the-art dental practice offering a full range of both adult and pediatric services and has offices located in Lake Success, Long Island City and Howard Beach. Call with any questions or to make an appointment at 855-PHD-CARE.