It can be a tough decision choosing a pediatric dentist in NYC. It may be tempting to search Google for ‘pediatric dentist near me’ and select the first dentist who pops up in the search engine. But that would be a mistake.
Choosing a pediatric dentist for your child is an important decision. Ideally, your child will grow with us through the years and we will treat them from babyhood through their teen years. It’s not a decision to make lightly and deserves some consideration. We’ve come up with a handy list of questions for you to consider as you conduct your search.
FAQs About Pediatric Dentistry: What You Need To Know
Why is pediatric dentistry important?
Your According to The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, and the evidence we’ve seen with our own eyes at our practice, the sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths remain throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Establishing a good oral health routine early in childhood helps to ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime.
How soon do I need to bring my child to the dentist?
The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends that your child’s first dental checkup should occur after their first tooth appears, usually around 6 months, and no later than their first birthday. But, it’s never too late to begin! Your family is welcome at our office anytime.
What’s the difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. They specialize in treating infants, children, and teens, and they have 2-3 years of specialty training following dental school. During this time, pediatric dentists learn all about children:
Oral Health Needs of Children
Special Needs Patients
Safely Sedating Children
Meet our Soul Dental Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Lisa Van Eyndhoven. Kids love her, and we do too!
Dr. Van Eyndhoven’s warm personality instantly puts children at ease. (Watch her in action with a bunch of curious kids!) She’s patient and fun, and will do just about anything to build a relationship with your child — including telling silly jokes and singing songs!
What services does a pediatric dentist’s office offer?
That depends on the dental office. At Soul Dental Kids, we offer the best pediatric dentistry in NYC, which means your child can grow with us from babyhood through their teen years. When children are very young, they need help learning how to brush. As they get older, orthodontics may be required. In our office, we make it possible for your child to get all the care and treatments they need under one roof.
Here are just some of the pediatric services we offer at Soul Dental Kids:
Preventive Exams and Cleanings
Varnishes and Sealants
Safe Digital X-rays
Cavity Prevention and Treatment
Sedation for Pain, Fear, and Behavior Management
In-House Orthodontist, Endodontist, and Oral Surgeon
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and an orthodontist?
Pediatric dentists focus solely on the oral health of children. These doctors examine and clean your child’s teeth, keep an eye on the development of the baby and permanent teeth, fill cavities, and carry out other routine treatments. Orthodontics is another specialized field of dentistry, but it deals with straightening patients’ bites, which in turn improves the appearance and health of patient’s smiles. Orthodontic treatments can be undergone at any age, but generally, it’s best to resolve orthodontic issues in childhood if possible.
The good news is that we have both a pediatric dentist and orthodontists under one roof at Soul Dental Kids. They work together to ensure the health and beauty of your child’s smile.
How can I make dental checkups with my children easier?
First, get them used to our practice. Drop by when your child doesn’t have an appointment and chat with our staff. Allow them to get used to their surroundings. We promise that this helps significantly with appointments.
Make sure your child is well-rested on appointment days and has had lunch or a snack. Don’t schedule appointments during naptime! Express your happiness and excitement that your child is going to the dentist. If you are cheerful about the appointment, it’s much more likely they will be too.
What are your goals for my children’s oral health?
Our goal is for your child to have the very best in pediatric and orthodontic care and for them to enjoy their time in our office. We use preventative measures such as dental cleanings and establishing good oral care routines at home to maintain disease-free teeth and gums. If we identify a problem, such as a cavity, we have options for treatment, which we will discuss with you. We always have your child’s best interests always in mind.
At Soul Dental Kids, we care that your children are set up for a lifetime of excellent oral health. Big city, tiny teeth! From babies to teens, grow with us at Soul Dental Kids.
Big City, Tiny Teeth! From Babies to Teens, Grow with Us at Soul Dental Kids.