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
Great experience!! Dr. Joe is great, both of his assistants are amazing with the kids as well. So glad we found this practice!
Sarah M.
Very thorough, efficient. Great staff.
Heather S.
Dr. Saintil and her assistant were excellent. So glad we chose to go here.
Aubrey S.
After not being to a dentist for a couple years – I Had such a great experience at family dental. Nicole did such a nice job with my cleaning and was so nice and professional. The receptionists […]
Kelley V.
Excellent job, my dentist was very caring and nice, letting me know everything she was doing before she did anything and then showed me exactly what she did when the root canal was over. She is an […]
Edward C.
I was horrified at the beginning because I hate going to the dentist, I am so afraid normally when I have to go but here I feel super comfortable. Dr. Gurfinkel and Terry are awesome. They were Very […]
Raquel A.
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.
We love this office, everyone is very polite. My son is 9 and he isn’t afraid of getting a cavity filled…..great Dentist!!!!!!
Pietro D.
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.
Amazing staff ,Very friendly ,very clean my kids love the visit every time .
Gabriella V.
I have been here a couple times and it is so clean and proffesional Patty is always so nice at the front desk. Tifany was very great and helpful made me feel at ease when it was time to get my wisdom […]
Emma A.
You cannot go wrong if Dr. Brown is your dentist! He is absolutely amazing. Patient, kind, and truly wants what is best for the kids he sees. My son is timid and gets nervous easily, but Dr Brown […]
Anonymous
The care I received at Family Dental Group in Fishkill exceeded my expectations. I went in to have all my wisdom teeth removed and from the moment I stepped in for the initial consult, the […]
Jenny C.
Absolutely wonderful experience, every single time! Doctors, hygienists, receptionists, always smiling! Staff genuinely care about their patients and the kid friendly office is warm and relaxing! A+ […]
Melissa G.
Very thorough cleaning and professional service!
Jesicca S.
Dr. Gurfunkel and Terry work like a well oiled machine. Each knows what the other is thinking. Amazing Duo!!
Peter J.
I think Lesia is an amazing hygienist. She is very thorough and never causes any pain!
Bernadette S.
They are super nice and helpful! Dr. Yuoko is a very nice and funny dentist, and helped my kids accomplish their dental work! I would recommend this dentist office.
Diana T.
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.
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 […]
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