Children’s Dentist in Hudson Valley, NY

Just like you take your child to a pediatrician, it’s important to take your child to the dentist. While all of our general dentists see children, several of our Hudson Valley dental offices also have pediatric dentists on staff.

A pediatric dentist is a dentist who completed dental school and then completed at least two years of additional training in the dental needs of children. Our pediatric dentists specialize in making children – and parents – feel comfortable at our offices. Plus, they have helpful tips on how parents can establish healthy oral habits at home.

Kids Family Dental in Brewster is a pediatric dental office dedicated to serving our youngest patients. We also have pediatric dentists at several of our Family Dental Group offices.

When to Take Your Child to the Dentist

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child visit the dentist by the child’s first birthday. As soon as a child has a tooth, that tooth can get a cavity. And as soon as the child has two teeth that touch each other, they need to be flossed to keep cavities from forming between them.

Many people don’t realize that babies and toddlers can develop a problem known as baby bottle tooth decay. Milk, juice, formula, and sugar water can lead to cavities (dental decay) if the liquid sits on the teeth; that may happen if the child falls asleep with a bottle or sippy cup resting against his or her mouth. Never put your child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup.

What to Expect During Your Child’s Visit to the Dentist

Our dentist will check your child’s teeth and jaw alignment for any problems. Depending on the child’s age and comfort level at the dentist, the examination can be done either in a dental chair or with the child sitting on the parent’s lab.

If dental x-rays are needed to reveal any tooth decay or other problems, they will be taken. Often, small children do not require any x-rays.

Our children’s dentist and team have several ways to keep your child’s smile healthy and bright including:

  • Teeth Cleaning for Children: Our dentist and hygienist know how to get your child to open wide so their teeth can be cleaned.
  • Fluoride: Known as nature’s cavity fighter, topical fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth to make the tooth surface more resistant to decay.
  • Dental Sealants: Sealants prevent dental decay by sealing the grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth with a thin, protective layer of plastic so food and bacteria can’t get trapped there.
  • Dental Bonding: Tooth-colored materials can repair chips and minor fractures to children’s teeth.
  • Fillings: If your child has a cavity, our dentist will carefully remove the damaged part of the tooth and repair it with a tooth-colored filling or an amalgam filling.
  • Baby Root Canal: If dental decay reaches the soft pulp of the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are housed, then it can cause a severe toothache. A root canal may be the only way to save the damaged tooth.
  • Pediatric Crowns: If the child has a cavity too large to repair with a filling or if the child has had a root canal, then our pediatric dentist can cap the tooth with a pediatric crown.

Mouthguards:

The American Dental Association recommends children wear mouthguards to protect their teeth when involved in just about any kind of athletic training, from football, boxing and hockey to gymnastics and ice skating. Mouthguards cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth, teeth knocked loose, or teeth knocked out.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Dr. Leo checked my x-rays and showed me that I needed a cavity filled and the crown replaced. She expertly and painlessly took care of everything while making me feel comfortable and special. […]
Dietmar H.
I’m sitting here for the 2nd time this month, my son is getting some cavities filled and Dr. Mila is singing and he is giggling hysterically, trying not to move! I’m so happy we came here and so […]
Nira R.
I have used many dentists throughout my life, and I find the Family Dental Group to be among the most supportive, gentle, and competent teams I’ve visited.
Anonymous
The BEST quality of care!!! The staff is amazing, the doctors are very caring and gentle!!! I would never trust any other dentist office with my children as well as myself!!!
Linda S.
Awesome staff. Friendly, fast, caring.. A+++++
Anthony C.
my brother chase was nervous at first but Dr.brown’s method to just lay him across our laps worked. chase watched tv and relaxed the entire time. Kids family dental is an amazing place to bring […]
Symone H.
Been a patient at Family Dental for years now and travel all the way from Long Island there too. Dr Gelbart and his staff are kind, caring and very gentle. The staff are all upbeat and happy which is […]
Deborah T.
This was my first visit to Family Dental. I was greeted nicely as soon as I walked in. Filled out the new client paperwork, and was taken back to see the dentist all within 10 minutes. Dentist, […]
Anthony C.
I have been using Family Dental Group for 17 yrs. I needed a good gums dentist. Ihave always been pleased with any work I had done.
Joan G.
You couldn’t ask for a better person to deal with than Jessica. I notice other reviewers have praised her as well and they are right. I’m 31 and I admit that I’m a big baby at the dentist and I […]
Krystin K.
Highly recommend, they are great especially with children !
Katherine C.
Dr. Stein and the staff are great. I get very nervous at the dentist and they are very patient with me.
Diane T.
Easily the friendliest and most professional dental experience I’ve ever had. Starting with phone scheduling with Debbie and welcome greeting with Linda. Dan put me at ease while cleaning my teeth. […]
Thomas C.
Great quality in dental care, kind and informative staff and clean office. As someone who has been receiving dental care for 10+ years here, I highly recommend this office!
Noelle T.
For a person who didn’t like to go to dentist due to the fear and being In embarassed I have to say that ever since I took my daughter for cleaning and talking to Hope the hygienist about my fear […]
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Perfectionist
Deborah H.
I think Lesia is an amazing hygienist. She is very thorough and never causes any pain!
Bernadette S.
My experience was amazing everyone is friendly and very kind love this place highly recommended
Lil S.
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After moving from Westchester to Orange county it has been a challenge finding a good dentist. I called in urgency for an appointment for my husband. The staff was very knowledgeable, comforting and […]
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