Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric Dentist
Pediatric dentistry caters to the dental health of children throughout adolescence. Pediatric dentists have specific training and expertise, and at Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Sarah Kim and Dr. Julie Cernigliaro are experts in this field. Based in Midtown, New York, New York, the Happy Smile dentists have helped to create countless healthy, young smiles, and are committed to providing your children with a fun and educational experience in a comfortable, friendly environment.

Pediatric Dentist Q & A

Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has specialized training focused on oral health care for children through adolescence.

Children’s dental care involves more individualized approaches in steering their dental growth and development and giving them preventive dental care and education.

What are the benefits of a child’s pediatric dental visit?

Much of a child’s dental visit at Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry is centered around preventive care and educating both child and parent on how to best take care of teeth and gums, and how to prevent gum disease, cavities, and other complications.

The dental care providers at Happy Smile recognize that it’s especially important to maintain the health of primary, or baby teeth. Children’s primary teeth are essential for:

  • Speech
  • Eating and chewing
  • Guiding permanent teeth correctly into place
  • Aiding the healthy development of jaw bones and muscles

The front teeth typically last until about age seven, while the back teeth can last longer until age 13. If children’s cavities are left untreated, they can lead to dental problems that affect the development of their permanent teeth.

Avoiding disease and dental health problems are the primary benefits of pediatric dental care and make it an essential part of maintaining your child’s health.

Another common benefit of a visit to Happy Smile is that a dental professional cleans your child’s teeth and gums. Many young children are unable to brush their teeth properly and can significantly benefit from professional teeth cleaning, as it removes any buildup of plaque or debris.

Regular teeth cleanings can prevent tooth decay and gum irritation, and Regular checkups with a Happy Smile dentist help you to stay informed and on top of your child’s dental health

How often do children need to see a pediatric dentist?

Dentists recommend a regular dental checkup for your child every six months. They may need more frequent visits and treatments if they have:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Unusual growth patterns
  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Additional dental health complications

As with adults, customized pediatric dental care is also necessary, since every child is different and has an individual way of transitioning through this phase of growth.

For quality, compassionate pediatric dental care that’s tailor-made for your child, look no further than Happy Smile Dentistry. Book your appointment online or over the phone.

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