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Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Comprehensive Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Larchmont, NY

Teaching your child to care for their teeth and gums leads to good long-term habits around oral health. With a range of pediatric dentistry services at Comprehensive Dental Group in Larchmont, New York, you can keep your child up-to-date on dental care and detect oral health problems early. Call the office or book an appointment online today to schedule an appointment for your child with the skilled and friendly Comprehensive Dental Group team.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry cares for children. It includes dental treatments, preventive care, and examinations geared toward fostering great oral health and kids' habits to maintain it. 

At Comprehensive Dental Group, the team creates a friendly and fun atmosphere so kids feel more comfortable coming in. The team avoids words and phrases that can make children nervous or even anxious about going to the dentist, including “drill,” “needle,” and “inject.”

The team also educates both parents and children on keeping teeth and gums as healthy as possible at home. You can ask questions at your child’s next appointment about diet, growth and development, brushing and flossing, and other dental topics. 

What are some common problems with children’s oral health?

Children have particular risks in relation to their oral health. While they can experience many of the same diseases and complications as adults, some issues are particularly common in children. 

The team at Comprehensive Dental Group can diagnose, treat, and help prevent pediatric dental problems like:

  • Malocclusion
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Oral injuries
  • Baby bottle tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting

Habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can lead to future oral health concerns for your child, such as sores in the mouth or jaw misalignment. If you notice these habits from your child, be sure to mention them at the appointment. 

Which treatments and services does pediatric dentistry cover?

Children need many of the same dental treatments and services that adults need, plus a few more. The team at Comprehensive Dental Group specializes in helping kids improve or maintain their oral health, using strategies like:

  • Tooth sealants
  • Regular examinations
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Diagnostic X-rays
  • Phase I orthodontics
  • Braces
  • Tooth brushing education
  • Diet and nutrition education

Bringing your child to the dentist regularly helps with early detection of oral complications and diseases. Your child’s first visit should happen sometime after their first baby tooth erupts or around their first birthday. 

Before this initial visit and any other pediatric dentistry appointment, you should keep a positive attitude and help your child feel as happy as possible about visiting. 

To learn more about pediatric dentistry and explore available services, call Comprehensive Dental Group, or book an appointment online today.