Pediatric Dentistry in Brooklyn, NY

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What pediatric dentistry services are available?
When should children start seeing a dentist?
How often should children see a dentist?
What happens during pediatric checkups?
What can be done if your child is afraid of dental visits?

What pediatric dentistry services are available?

As a family and pediatric dentist, Dr. Aimee Kraft cares for patients of all ages. She is proud to provide preventive care for children, including:

  • Cleanings
  • Exams
  • X-rays
  • Diagnose and fill cavities in baby and permanent teeth
  • Administer sealants to reduce the risk of cavities
  • Extract teeth when necessary
  • For children involved in sports, she can create customized mouth guards to protect their teeth.

When should children start seeing a dentist?

The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry states that the first dental visit should either be by the first birthday or the eruption of the first tooth.

How often should children see a dentist?

Children should see Dr. Kraft for cleanings and routine dental checkups once every six months. Children should also see Dr. Kraft and when they experience pain or any other problems with their teeth that may require treatment.

What happens during pediatric checkups?

During a pediatric checkup, Dr. Kraft will begin the appointment by putting your child at ease. Next, she’ll examine the child’s teeth to look for any decay or other problems that may need treatment. Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Kraft may also recommend X-rays to look at their teeth and bones.

If Dr. Kraft finds any problems during the exam, she’ll recommend treatment options at this time. They’ll discuss these options with you in detail so you can make the best choice for your child.

What can be done if your child is afraid of dental visits?

Some children may be frightened at their first dental visit. Dr. Kraft has experience putting children at ease while in her care. If the child is frightened about a procedure, Dr. Kraft may recommend sedation and/or anesthesia to keep the child calm and comfortable.

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on preventative dental care and treatment for children. Dr. Aimee Kraft enjoys seeing patients of all ages, and she and her team are happy to provide pediatric dental services in Brooklyn. A lifetime of oral health begins at a young age. 

Why is Pediatric Dentistry Important?

Providing a good foundation for your child’s dental care can help them experience fewer dental issues as they get older. The sooner children begin getting regular dental check-ups, the healthier their mouths will be. Children with healthy teeth learn to speak more clearly, chew their food more easily, and smile with more confidence. 

Early dental visits can help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to other health problems. Plus, when children have positive experiences at the dentist’s office at an early age, they won’t dread their check-ups as they get older. 

What is a Child’s First Dental Visit Like?

The American Dental Association recommends scheduling your child’s first dental appointment when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. However, some parents choose to wait until a few more teeth have emerged. Making an early appointment is a great way to get your child used to dental visits and ease any potential anxiety.

Typically, Dr. Kraft will check your child’s jaw, teeth, and gums for proper development, cavities, and other issues. If your child has enough teeth, the hygienist will clean their teeth and offer education on proper brushing and flossing skills. Dr. Kraft will also answer any questions you may have on how to keep your child’s mouth healthy. 

What are the Most Common Pediatric Dental Services? 

Many young dental patients experience the same issues that older patients do. Some of our pediatric dental services offered include general dentistry (cleanings, exams, and X-rays), sealants, fillings, and mouthguards for sports. 

Schedule Your Pediatric Dentistry Appointment with Dr. Kraft

Whether you’re ready to make your child’s first dental appointment or you’ve got an older child who could use a dental exam, Dr. Kraft would love to meet your family. Call our office at (740) 546-5178 and make an appointment today.  

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