What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has received an additional 3 to 4 years of advanced specialty training in meeting the dental needs of children from infancy to adolescence. Pediatric dentists, during the course of their post graduate, train extensively in child development and psychology, behavior management, caring for children with special needs, methods of handling oral/facial trauma, anesthesia and sedation methods. They also develop a comprehensive understanding of facial growth and dental needs of every child at every stage of development. Pediatric dentist truly enjoy working with children and strive to make each of their dental care visits a positive one.
When should I bring my child in for a first visit?
According to the American Dental Association parents are advised to have their baby around the time of their first birthday! This early first visit is a very important one. We examine the mouth and teeth to make sure that everything is developing normally and we also teach parents how to care for their babies’ teeth, help with tooth brushing technique, and answer any questions. It also gives our patients and their families a chance to get to know us and become familiar with our clinic.
When will my child’s first tooth appear?
Your child’s first teeth will start to appear in the 6 to 12 month range. While this is an extraordinary milestone, you need to be aware that your baby may find the experience a little bit uncomfortable. Teething can make them feel irritable. They may be fussy, have trouble sleeping, not want to eat, and be drooling quite a bit. While you are powerless to speed up the process of teething, there are a few things that you can do to soothe your baby as their new teeth are erupting into place. Common approaches to helping your baby feel more comfortable while getting their new teeth include teething rings or a cold spoon or moist gauze rubbed over their gums. Even for these few new teeth, it is important to establish an oral healthcare regimen for your baby. For information on when your baby’s first set of teeth will erupt into place, consult this time line from the American Dental Association.
How can I prepare my child for their first visit?
You can prepare your child by explaining that the visit will start by having one of our friendly team members provide a tour around our super fun space. This will allow you and your child to become oriented and familiarized with the clinic. Your child will get to pick his/her favorite flavour of toothpaste from our menu, pick a toothbrush and get to watch his/her favorite Netflix show overhead. Dr Carolina will count your child’s teeth and check for sugar bugs. Of course, there will be stickers to choose from, and no appointment will be complete without a token and trip to our prize chest!
Can I stay with my child during the appointment?
Definitely! In fact, we encourage it! You are welcome to sit in the chair with your child until he/she is comfortable enough to sit alone. Once your child is calm and relaxed, you can sit back and relax in our Dental Lounge.
Do I need a referral?
We are always happy to see new patients and a referral is not necessary.
My Child is starting Kindergarten and still sucking their thumb, will this habit affect their new teeth?
Some children persist in sucking their thumbs or fingers beyond their preschool years. For these children the activity continues to be a source of comfort, relaxation, and security. It may even help them fall asleep at night. However, it is important as parents to be aware that if your child’s thumb or finger sucking habit is still present when their permanent teeth come in, there is a greater chance of developing a bad bite. This means that if the activity has not ceased by the age of five or six years, you need to constructively and gently help your child stop the habit. It is also a good idea to have a comprehensive evaluation at this time. Your pediatric dentist can assess if there are any habit related alterations to the alignment of your child’s teeth or jaws, or if it is affecting their speech or swallowing patterns. They can also discuss habit control strategies with you, as well as follow your child’s bite and facial development as they grow. If there are recommendations that interceptive appliances or corrective orthodontic care is required, the pediatric dentist will discuss these with you.
How often should I brush my toddler’s teeth?
Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day. After breakfast and before bed are the ideal times to brush. You should assist your child with brushing until your child can eat with a fork and a knife. We are happy to provide you with some helpful tips!
Should I use toothpaste?
Before a child can spit (usually at around 2.5-3 years old), plain water and a toothbrush should be sufficient, unless your child is at high risk for cavities in which case we may advise brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste sooner. Once your child can spit, we recommend brushing with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
How often should I bring my child to the dentist?
We like to see most kids every 6 months for a re-care visit which includes a check up and a cleaning. If children are at high risk for cavities or tend to accumulate plaque and tartar quickly, we may recommend more frequent visits.
If I don’t want my child to have fluoride, is it still OK to come to your office?
While home and in-office fluoride treatments have been shown in many studies to prevent cavities, we understand and respect that some families may prefer to use fluoride-free products. If you prefer to avoid fluoride during your child’s dental visit, please let us know at the beginning of the appointment.
Are routine dental X-Rays necessary?
For kids, one of the main reasons we take x-rays is to look for cavities in between teeth. These are cavities that we can’t detect just by looking in the mouth. Early detection of cavities is important because if they are caught and treated early, the treatment involves a quick and easy procedure. If left undetected and untreated, cavities tend to grow (relatively quickly in baby teeth!) and treatment is generally more involved and more complicated. Teeth can look completely normal and healthy clinically but cavities can be hiding in areas that can only be seen on xrays.
Do your products contain bisphenol-A (BPA)?
All of our products are BPA-free!
Why do baby teeth need to be filled?
Baby teeth are important teeth! They help with chewing, speech and appropriate spacing of the adult teeth. If a child has a cavity that is left untreated, it will grow and can eventually cause pain, infection, swelling and tooth loss. If a baby tooth is lost early, an appliance called a spacer may be needed to hold the space for the adult tooth to erupt.
We have a dental emergency, what should we do?
Dental emergencies in children can arise for a number of reasons. Recognizing the fact that children have active lifestyles, means there is always a chance an accident involving a hit or blow to the mouth or teeth can occur. These traumatic injuries can happen at home, in the playground or on the playing field. Common injuries to the teeth and oral cavity seen in a pediatric dental office include everything from soft tissue lacerations of the lips, cheeks or tongue to chipped, fractured, dislodged or “knocked out” teeth. Equally frequent reasons for children to require urgent dental care are painful toothaches, dental infections, and mouth ulcerations. Whatever the dental emergency may be, prompt and effective care is required to alleviate a child’s discomfort and to prevent more serious consequences to their oral health and overall well-being.
Pediatric dentists are trained in all facets of dental care for children and are well equipped to handle a wide range of dental emergencies. They provide skilled and compassionate care, helping children to feel comfortable and safe while restoring their oral health and function.
During office hours: call the clinic at (646) 374-1804 and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Outside of clinic hours, you can take your child to the Emergency Dentist NYC at 100 E 12th St, NY (SE Corner of 12th and 4th Ave) 212-600-4275 or go to the Emergency Department at your nearest Hospital.
Dental Insurance and
Do you accept Dental Insurance?
We will complete and submit all insurance claim forms electronically on your behalf. Payments are made at the end of each appointment, and you will be reimbursed directly by your insurance company, usually within a few days.
What insurance do you accept?
While we accept most dental insurances, including the ones below, please contact us to check if we accept your dental insurance.
If we are not covered by Dental Insurance, what methods of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, cash and Debit.
What if I need to make a change to my appointment?
We reserve a block of time for each child. We kindly ask for at least 48 hours notice to make any changes to an appointment so that we may provide care for another child who is waiting to be seen.
Hours of Operation
Where is the clinic located?
We are located at 535 Hudson Street #1C, New York, NY 10014 (ring the buzzer upon arrival). Call us if you need directions: (646) 374-1804. We are easily accessible by subway (E train).
Where should I park?
There is ample street parking to both east and west of the building.
What are hours of operation?
The dental clinic is open from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday – Friday