Shirley, NY, dentist offers pediatric and orthodontic services

Did you know that your little one’s first visit should be around their first birthday? Their first tooth will typically come in around the age of six months to a year old. This is the perfect time to bring them in and help them be comfortable at the dentist. At Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we know how important your child’s wellbeing is and good oral health plays a huge role. Here is what to expect from their first visit.

Becoming Comfortable With The Dentist

If this is your child’s very first visit, this time is used to help your little one feel at ease in the office. Dentophobia is a common anxiety, but being familiar with the dental staff, tools, and area can help reduce the chances of this fear developing. Once comfortable, the dentist can take a look at their first sprouting teeth and ensure that they are in good health. Consistent checkups can begin usually around three years old, but your dentist will determine the best timeline for your child.

If you are looking to transfer your little one to a new pediatric office, the appointment will be used to examine the status of their oral health and create a treatment plan. A cleaning will be done that includes brushing their teeth, removing plaque, and flossing. If the staff notices any problems, such as signs of poor hygiene, they can help give you and your kiddo tips for staying on top of brushing and flossing.

After The Examination

Once the dentist has had a thorough look at your child’s X-rays, they may recommend other treatments like fillings, fluoride treatments, or sealants. Cavities are one of the most common problems that patients will face, and these options can help treat or prevent decay.

Fluoride is used to strengthen the enamel against decay, and sealants can be used to protect the teeth in areas where it is hard to brush. If your little one has a cavity, fillings can be used to repair the area. It is important to treat decay as soon as it is detected to prevent serious damage in the future.

Beginning Orthodontic Treatments

Our office also provides orthodontic services as well, so you do not have to worry about being referred to another office when it is time for your child to have braces. Their first orthodontic visit should be done at around age seven. This is when most of your little one’s teeth should come in, including their molars. This initial visit can help set up Phase One treatment that prepares your child for braces. Space maintainers or retainers may be used to ensure the rest of their teeth grow properly before alignment begins.

Schedule Their First Visit Today

You can schedule an appointment today by calling Shirley Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, at 631-399-1600. We proudly serve all nearby areas as well.