Preventive and Diagnostic Services
Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provides preventive and diagnostic dental services for children in Long Island, NY. Call us at one of our 5 locations in Port Jefferson Station, Wading River, Sayville, Smithtown, and Medford to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. During an oral evaluation, a thorough examination of the mouth, head, and neck is performed to detect abnormalities.
Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and polishing of the teeth to remove stains and prevent further buildup of plaque.
Fluoride is a natural substance that is applied to the teeth to help strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment.
Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures. Advances in technology now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that can be viewed immediately by the dentist and the patient.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
During a regular check-up, oral hygiene instructions are given to both patient and parent. Good home care can reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up which can lead to cavities. Instructions include proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinses.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
FAQs About Preventative Services
How often should a child have a dental checkup?
Just like adults, children should see the dentist every six months for a comprehensive oral evaluation and dental cleaning.
What age should a child go to the dentist for the first time?
Children should start seeing the dentist around their first birthday, or when their first tooth erupts (whichever comes first). These visits help your child feel comfortable at our office and they’re also important for preventing cavities and other oral health issues.
Are dental sealants safe for my child?
Yes, dental sealants are made with a safe resin material that simply covers over the chewing surface of the teeth to prevent cavities from forming.
Is fluoride treatment good for children?
Fluoride is key to strong, healthy teeth, which is why we recommend these treatments to all of our pediatric patients. Along with sealants and regular dental cleanings, fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay.
How can I help prevent my child from getting cavities?
Your child should brush for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day. Limiting sugary drinks, snacks, and treats can also go a long way towards preventing cavities. And, of course, regular dental check-ups every six months are important, too!