As a family practice, our team strives to deliver high-tier dental care for patients of all ages. At National Dental Hicksville, our mission is to provide unparalleled dental care for children in a friendly, safe, and informational atmosphere. We believe lifelong habits form at a young age. Therefore, we work with your child to develop healthy routines that will follow them into adulthood.
Some oral health issues can develop early on. For this reason, the American Dental Association advocates taking your child to the dentist around the age of one, or when the first tooth grows in. By nature, children are quite curious. Depending on his or her age, your little one may ask several questions about what to expect at the first appointment. It is important to assure them they have nothing to fear. By keeping your language positive, your child can feel relaxed and comfortable about this new experience.>> Learn more about Your child’s first visit
Just like adults, kids may require a number of treatments to improve their oral health. At National Dental, we focus on preventative care. Below, we will discuss a few of the most common procedures we provide at our office.
Routine dental cleanings and examinations are two of the most important aspects of comprehensive dental care. The plaque that accumulates on the teeth harbors bacteria. If not removed, these bacteria can compromise your child’s oral health and cause cavities. During a teeth cleaning appointment, our hygienist will gently remove plaque and other debris, and also talk with your child about brushing and flossing at home. During each visit, our doctor will also assess the health of your child’s teeth, gums, and other soft tissues. He or she will also evaluate the jaw joints and other orofacial structures to ensure everything is healthy. If there are problems developing, detecting them early can prevent more invasive treatments in the future.
Oral bacteria feed on plaque deposits. During this process, acids erode the enamel, making the teeth more vulnerable to decay. This is referred to as demineralization – and if it continues, decay will penetrate deeper into the layers of the tooth. Topical fluoride actually remineralizes the enamel to make it strong and durable once again.
If your child plays sports, a mouth guard is an absolute necessity. Basic options are available in most sporting goods stores. However, many children find them uncomfortable, and as a result, do not wear them. A custom mouth guard, available at National Dental Hicksville, is designed to slip over the teeth and protect them while your child is on the court or field. Because they are streamlined and custom-made, younger patients are more apt to wear them.>> Learn more about Mouthguards
Education should be fun! Our team strives to teach your child about the importance of brushing and flossing in a way they can understand. To learn more about the pediatric dental services we offer, contact us online or call us at (516) 629-5086.