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Pediatric Dentistry

Dental treatments for children rely on many of the same techniques used in general dental practice, but of course in pediatric dentistry they are geared to children.

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The best Dental Care of your child

At Gentle Dental, caring for your child’s oral health through prevention, quality treatment, and positive motivation is our top priority. We are committed to family-oriented dental care in a pleasant and comfortable setting and we encourage parents to play an active role in their child’s oral health.

“Caring for your child’s oral health through prevention, quality treatment, and positive motivation is our top priority.”

Dr. Knop, Dr. Gelfand and our entire staff are trained to help make your child’s visit with us as positive as possible. We understand that children are often afraid of the dentist and all of us strive to help them overcome their fears.

Along with a chair-side manner we tailor to children, our office is also specially designed to meet the needs of children over 6 years of age. We have various video games and on-demand children’s shows and movies that can be played through our in-room TV/media center during their appointment.

It is never too soon to begin caring for your child’s teeth, and at Gentle Dental, we take a preventive approach, encouraging parents and caregivers to become involved in their child’s dental care. By providing high quality, appropriate pediatric dentistry, we can help your child enjoy good dental health right from the start. Our dental office is family-oriented, and we work hard to create a comfortable, relaxing environment. Our entire dental team enjoys seeing children, treating them as gently as if they were our family.

How is Kids Dental Care Different from Adult Dentistry?

While the dental treatments prescribed by a kid’s dentist in Queens use techniques similar to adult dentistry, we specially tailor procedures to treat children and to accommodate their unique needs. We warmly welcome children visiting our kids’ dentist in Queens, carefully ensuring our chairside manner helps them feel at home. Our dental office is designed with kids in mind, and our in-room entertainment system includes on-demand kids shows and movies for them to watch during their appointment.

When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Dental Appointment?

Ideally, it’s best to schedule your child’s first dental visit by age 1, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Usually, a child’s primary teeth begin erupting around age six months, and this first visit is an opportunity for a pediatric dentist in Queens to check their teeth and jaws are developing as expected.

Why Does My Child Need to See a Dentist so Young?

Early dental care aims to ensure a child visits a pediatric dentist before problems develop with their teeth so that any small issues can be caught early and treated more quickly and comfortably. Also, the sooner a child begins visiting a dental office, the sooner they become accustomed to a new environment and all the accompanying sights, sounds, and smells.

What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dental Visit?

When a child is very young, they can almost certainly remain comfortably seated on your lap while we gently examine their mouth while older children may enjoy a ride in the dental chair. During this visit, we may need to take digital dental x-rays to check teeth are coming through the way they should and to check for any signs of decay. Digital dental x-rays are very safe, only omitting tiny levels of radiation, and we only take x-rays as needed.

How Often Will My Child Need to See a Pediatric Dentist?

After this initial visit, we can discuss how frequently your child should visit a pediatric dentist in Queens. Most children need to see a dentist biannually for checkups and dental cleanings. It is a simple routine that can prevent many dental diseases. Also, regular dental visits help your child to grow up without feeling dental fear and anxiety. Instead, they will recognize dental care as a normal part of life.During your child’s first visit, we can also discuss oral care at home.

Why Do We Offer a Dental Education for Your Child?

It is best to begin cleaning your child’s mouth even before they get their first tooth as they will get used to the sensation of having their mouth gently cleaned. You only need to wipe their gums gently using a clean damp washcloth or a soft baby brush. You do not need to use toothpaste.Cleaning a young child’s teeth can be a struggle sometimes, but we can demonstrate techniques so you can clean them more easily and effectively. As your child’s teeth continue to develop, they will begin to contact each other, and you must floss between them to keep them strong and healthy. We can teach you the proper techniques for flossing your child’s teeth. We can discuss the most appropriate toothbrush to use and the best type of toothpaste.

It is crucial to care for your child’s baby or primary teeth, even though they are temporary and are replaced by adult teeth later.

Why Care for Baby Teeth?

Some of your child’s baby teeth will remain in place until age 12. During this time, children learn to talk and to socialize with others, and they need to eat a nutritious diet. Without strong and healthy teeth, these essential tasks become more difficult. Infected and broken teeth are painful and can affect your child’s health and self-confidence.

What if My Child Has a Cavity?

If your child has tooth decay in a primary tooth, we will almost certainly need to fill the tooth. Treatment is similar to the procedure for filling an adult tooth; we remove the decay, and the cavity is filled with an appropriate material. If the tooth isn’t treated, the infection may spread, and we may need to remove the tooth.

What Happens If My Child Loses a Baby Tooth Too Soon?

When primary teeth are lost too soon, it can impact the development of adult teeth. The baby teeth either side of the gap may move into this space, preventing the permanent tooth from erupting correctly. Children who lose primary teeth to soon may need a space maintainer to hold open the correct amount of room for adult teeth and to prevent adjacent teeth from moving.As soon as your child has teeth, they are susceptible to decay and especially to a problem called early childhood tooth decay or early childhood caries.

What Is Early Childhood Caries?

Early tooth decay is a problem that can develop if you send a child to bed with a bottle of formula, milk, or juice, all of which contain sugars. Giving a child a pacifier dipped in a sugary substance like honey will have the same effect. If you currently give your child a sugary drink at bedtime or nap time, replace it with plain water. Stopping a habit all at once isn’t always easy, so another tactic is to try watering down the bottle contents over a couple of weeks until it only contains water.Caring for Older Children’s Teeth

As your child gets older, we will monitor the growth and development of their teeth and jaws carefully. There is a lot we can do to continue to make sure your child grows up enjoying optimal oral health.

What Are Dental Sealants?

When their adult back teeth erupt, our Queens pediatric dentists may suggest dental sealants to protect them against tooth decay. Dental sealants consist of a very thin layer of plastic material that is initially flowable. We paint the sealant onto clean tooth surfaces where it flows into all the fissures and grooves in back teeth, sealing these hard to clean areas and preventing tooth decay. Once in place, the dental sealant is hardened or cured and provides several years of protection before it needs replacing.


Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, soil, and some foods. It is useful in preventive dentistry, making teeth more resistant to decay. Sometimes fluoride applications can reverse the early signs of tooth decay that begin as small lesions in tooth surfaces. Fluoride is available in toothpaste, mouth rinse, and in chewable tablets, lozenges and drops. If needed, we can provide professional applications of fluoride in the form of gel, foam, or varnish.

When your child first visits our dental office in Queens, we can discuss the need for fluoride and will make sure their fluoride intake is appropriate for their age. While children do need a certain amount of fluoride, it’s important to make sure they do not ingest too much as this can cause dental fluorosis, a condition that creates white or brown spots on teeth.

How Do You Teach Your Child How to Care for Their Teeth?

As your child gets older, they will want to brush their teeth on their own. However, young children cannot clean their teeth properly without supervision. As a rule of thumb, if your child can write their name, they are ready to try brushing on their own, but you must still check they do a thorough job. When your child begins brushing their teeth, our dental team can work directly with them. We can teach them the proper techniques for brushing and flossing, and we will gently educate them on why good dental care is so important.

Will My Child Need Braces?

As your child’s teeth and jaws develop, we can assess if they will benefit from orthodontic treatment. If necessary, we will suggest they receive an early orthodontic evaluation, which can take place as soon as age six.

Why Should My Child Have an Early Orthodontic Evaluation?

Sometimes, early orthodontic care can correct problems caused by childhood habits like thumb or finger sucking. Other times, the best dentist for kids’ braces may not necessarily recommend orthodontics immediately, but they can plan ahead if necessary. Timing orthodontic care carefully can be very useful, guiding the growth of a child’s jaws as they develop. It’s an approach that can create more room for teeth yet to erupt and which can give a child a nicer facial profile.

Gentle Dental can take care of your child’s dental health right from age one, building a relationship with the kids dentist we hope will last into adulthood. For more information about the pediatric dentistry services or to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.

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