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Protect Your Child’s Oral Health with Pediatric Dentistry in Fishkill
The dental care that your child receives from birth to adolescence serves as a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. At Family Dental Group of Fishkill, we offer a wide range of children’s pediatric dentistry services in a safe and welcoming environment.
How Are Your Dentists Different from General Dentists?
While general dentists handle basic dental issues involving children, a pediatric dentist works solely with children, from birth through the teen years, including those with special needs or complex dental issues requiring a pediatric oral surgeon or a specialist in pediatric periodontics.
Why Should My Child See One of Your Children’s Dentists?
In addition to performing comprehensive exams and dental cleanings, our toddler dentist can provide you with tips for beginning an oral care regimen of regular brushing and flossing with your child and offer advice for protecting your child’s primary and emerging adult teeth.
When Should Children Start Seeing a Dentist?
We recommend that all children see a pediatric dentist no later than their first or second birthday. We realize that a dental visit can be stressful for both parents and children, so we do everything possible to make the visit fun and enjoyable. You can also help make the trip positive by rewarding your child with a tooth-friendly treat or favorite experience following the visit.
What Can I Expect During My Child’s First Visit?
During the visit, our dentist will check your child’s teeth for any signs of decay or developmental abnormalities, take routine X-rays to check for hidden issues, perform a thorough cleaning to remove bacteria from the teeth and gums, and assess for gum disease or other periodontal issues. The dentist will then work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your child’s specific dental needs. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding common childhood dental issues, such as teething or thumb-sucking.
Do Your Kids’ Dentists Treat Special Needs Children?
Dental visits can be especially frightening for children with special needs. Our dentists and staff have extensive training and experience working with children with special needs and can use behavior management strategies, sedation techniques, and other methods to make you and your child as comfortable as possible. Contact our office today to find out more about our personalized dental programs for children with special needs.
What Is the Cost of a Pediatric Dental Visit?
We realize that even basic dental care can put a strain on the family finances, so we strive to keep our services as affordable as possible. The final cost of your visit will be based on the nature of your child’s dental issues, the type of services performed, and the amount covered by your dental insurance. We also offer affordable self-pay pricing and flexible financing options to help you manage the cost of your child’s dental care.
Do Your Pediatric Dental Specialists Receive Special Training?
Our pediatric dentistry specialists receive two to three years of training beyond dental school, including hospital training that allows them to treat complex dental issues or emergencies that are typically beyond the skill set of a general dentist. Because of their unique training, our pediatric dentists are able to work with parents, pediatricians, and general dentists to address dental problems that can occur while the mouth is still developing and provide care to children with special needs.
What Types of Children’s Pediatric Dentistry Services Do You Offer?
We provide pediatric dentistry services for all stages of dental development, from early childhood to adolescence, including:
- Pediatric Dental Checkups: During a routine checkup, our dentist will assess your child’s teeth and gums for any signs of disease or decay.
- Dental Cleaning for Kids: Regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings are the best way to protect your child from cavities and gum disease. We recommend that all children have a professional dental cleaning by the age of three.
- Pediatric Dental X-rays: Our dentists may use X-rays to check for hidden dental problems, such as decay or gum disease, or to check for abnormalities involving the structure or alignment of the teeth, mouth, or jaw.
- Pediatric Periodontic Assessments: Our dentist can diagnose and treat childhood gum disease caused by diet, genetics, or oral hygiene habits.
- Emergency Dental Services for Children: Our dentists handle common dental emergencies ranging from severe toothaches to broken or missing teeth.
- Pediatric Dental Anesthesia: Our dentists are trained in a variety of pediatric dental anesthesia techniques, including mild sedation and general anesthesia administered in a hospital setting.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment with One of Your Pediatric Dental Specialists?
Call our office for more information about our services or to schedule an appointment. You can also make an appointment online.