Welcome to Smile First Pediatric Dentistry | Oakdale NY
Pediatric Dentistry for Infants, Toddlers, Kids, and Teens
Located in Oakdale New York on Long Island. Welcoming new patients daily!
Top Pediatric Dentist in Oakdale
Our mission is to develop a future generation who are inspired to take pride in their oral health and are confident in managing it. Our aim is to eliminate anxiety by establishing a dental home at an early age. We will achieve this by creating a positive experience catered to each family according to their needs and building a dynamic bond between our providers and our patients.
Pediatric Dentists: Oakdale, NY
Although family dentists are capable of working with children, pediatric dentists receive additional training that prepares them to work with children of all ages. Our dentists recognize the uniqueness of each child, including those with special needs, and treat all children from infancy to adulthood as if they are our own. Our office, located in Oakdale, NY, also serves Sayville, East Islip, Patchogue and other nearby areas. Get to know our dentists: Dr. Viet Tran, Dr. Mark Salerno, and Dr. Schwartz here!
Our office utilizes treatment and education to make sure your child has healthy teeth and gums. Educating parents and children on proper home care is vital for a healthy mouth. However, depending on diet, toothbrush dexterity, anatomy, etc, general oral care may not always be enough to protect your child’s teeth. As part of their cleanings, our dental team will use fluoride to help strengthen young patients’ teeth and assist with preventing decay. Speak with our dentists to learn more about fluoride and its benefits.
It is important that your child receives regular dental cleanings to prevent plaque buildup and oral diseases. Children are at a higher risk for developing tooth decay, so monitoring this and cleaning children’s teeth can prevent serious and permanent issues. During a routine dental exam and cleaning, your child may receive dental x-rays, have an exam performed to determine the current health of your child’s teeth and mouth, and then receive a cleaning.
Our office is available for dental emergencies throughout the week and Saturdays (during the school year). We take dental emergencies with kids very seriously and will ensure the best care is provided at Smile First Pediatric Dentistry!
Our young patients may require a filling or a crown depending on the severity of a cavity, tooth decay, or chipped tooth. A filling is used to patch a small spot of a tooth when a cavity has been removed and can be more cost effective. A crown (or a cap) although more costly, provides more protection to the tooth once treated. Talk to your child’s dentist if a filling or a crown are needed. We will discuss the best approach for your child.
We provide sedation treatments, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or general anesthesia, to address a wide range of anxiety experienced when visiting the dentist. Following the use of sedation treatment, our dental team may request that your child remain after their appointment to monitor them.
Sealants are a coating that serves as protection for your child’s teeth to help prevent decay. One of the more common places we see tooth decay starting are the molars, where there are bumps and grooves that trap food and bacteria. Sealants are especially important for our little ones who have a difficult time managing a toothbrush back in those hard-to-reach places.
The prevention of pain for our patients is contingent on the preferences of the parents, your child’s age and health, as well as the preferences of the dentist. Our dentists will frequently use a flavored topical numbing cream, but sometimes they will need to administer a shot. In the event that your child requires general anesthesia, we will go through all of the pertinent information with you. We will make it a priority to discover a way to regulate the pain while preventing unnecessary use of painkillers.
Dental X-Rays help identify:
- Tooth abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
- Decay between teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth and below the gum line
Nitrous Oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a useful sedative that is often given to children who are nervous about going to the dentist. It is usually said if your child has “butterflies in his/her stomach.” Nitrous oxide is a gas made by mixing oxygen with nitrogen. It is very safe and doesn’t cause allergies.
Smile First Pediatric Dentistry can identify by the age of 7 whether or not a child’s teeth are coming in crooked or crowded, and treatment can begin at that time. If early treatment is suggested, the doctor can administer pediatric dental therapy to begin addressing abnormalities. This can cut down on the amount of time needed for braces later on, and in some cases, it can even remove the need for braces altogether.
In most cases, a child’s baby tooth will stay in their mouth until the adult tooth grows in and forces it out. On the other hand, a child’s baby tooth could fall out early if the child has an accident or has a cavity. When this occurs, it is vital to ensure that the gap that is created by the missing baby tooth is not filled up.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that all children should get fluoride treatment as soon as their first tooth comes out to prevent tooth decay and dental infections in the future. There are several fluorides that can be put on the skin, but the varnish is the best choice for kids.
Tooth-Colored Fillings are an option for kids who need to fill cavities or fix stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth without making the fillings stand out. Tooth-Colored Fillings are hard to notice because they are the same color as your natural teeth. This is why many parents choose this type of filling for their kids to keep their smiles looking great.
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We are in-network with:
- Delta Dental
- Lincoln Financial
- MetLife PDP+
- United Healthcare
- And many other PPOs
1219 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale NY 11769
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