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 Kesselman was excellent. Did a root canal for my wife. He was caring and thoughtful to our needs and concerns.
Zhen L.
Dan the hygienist does a wonderful job on my cleaning and gum treatment I would not go to another person been coming here over 5 yrs very happy thank you dan
Lisa M.
I was very pleased with my experience at Family Dental Group. It was good to be treated with professionalism and care. Everyone was very nice, and it is nice to be treated well since you are the […]
Anonymous
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.
Dr. Gelbart made a difficult situation seem easy.
Joan G.
I’ve been going to Family Dental for a little over a year now and all the work they do is great. I see Dr.Gurfinkel and her assistant Terry and I highly recommend them. They make you feel […]
Marissa M.
My children and I love Dr. Mila Belgrade and Nicole! They were very gentle and made us laugh throughout the appointment and that helped put the boys at ease!
Crystal M.
Everyone at this office is fantastic I went in for a root canal which I didn’t want to do after having a bad experience but they made it so easy and painless was in and out and I feel great!! […]
Emily D.
This office is absolutely, hands down the best place to bring children. My sons Ethan and Sean love it here, and this mom couldn’t be happier. Dr. Brown and his staff are amazing with my kids. […]
Christina D.
Two of my children go here and the staff has gone above and beyond both times! We have had horrible experiences with dentists and let me tell you…the dentists here are absolutely amazing. […]
Rae S.
Doctor O was very nice I was nervous at first, but he was very informative, and patient.
Jordyn H.
Everything was really great!
Jaci M.
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.
Dr. Ayuko and Dr. Gelbart are both wonderful!! I would recommend Dr. Ayuko for general dentistry. He is caring and very attentive to his patients. I would recommend Dr. Gelbart for implants as he is […]
Anonymous
Go here for dental implants!
Mara G.
Everybody is great to work with.
Robert G.
Dr. Gurfinkel and Terry are the BEST! Terry is so funny and immediately made me feel comfortable, which is rare because i hate going to the dentist. They both made my visit very fun, and super quick!
Mitty F.
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 […]
Nira R.
Always a good experience. The staff is professional and personable. The dentist and dental hygienist were great.
Chanel H.
every one there is great. there very caring and they check on you after every major dental work
Brittany P.
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