As summer turns to fall and kids return to school, the time is right for parents to renew efforts to teach their children proper dental hygiene habits while refocusing on their own.
For young children, it is critical that they start early to form lifelong habits of brushing, take care of their teeth and not fear visits to the dentist. And when parents are getting back into shape after the summer, it is an ideal time to teach their little ones to care for their teeth properly.
“Making some simple and easy choices is a great way to get your kids interested in an overall healthy lifestyle that will serve them well as they get older,” says Dr. Nazli Diba of Toothdocs. “Ensuring that they develop the right brushing and flossing habits and receive regular dental checkups from a young age will greatly reduce the occurrence of future cavities, gum disease, and other issues.”
Dr. Diba should know, since she leads Toothdocs Kids, the pediatric dentistry division of the Roslyn-based practice, previously known as North Shore Family Dental Care. Her husband Dr. Steven Kauftheil leads the overall practice, making this a family affair — a fact that puts patients at ease. The practice also offers general treatment, family care, cosmetic dentistry and emergency treatment at offices on Long Island and in Manhattan, which is a great option for patients who live on LI but work in the city.
Toothdocs Kids focuses on a broad spectrum of dental needs for children, adolescents, and kids with special needs. The pediatric dental team is focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health in children, from infancy through young adulthood.
For those not sure where to start with their kids’ dental care, Toothdocs Kids can help with that too, by giving new parents a roadmap. For example, the office staff can show parents that they should start wiping infants’ gums with a wet cloth after feedings, begin the habit of brushing as soon as baby’s first teeth come in, and make their first dentist appointment soon after that.
“Children shouldn’t be afraid of their pediatric dentist, but we know that the unknown can be scary, particularly for a toddler,” says Dr. Diba. “That is why it is essential to find a pediatric dentist who is both gentle and understanding, and who provides children with a simple and comforting explanation for every technique and treatment they use.”
Having healthy brushing and flossing habits is essential, but they certainly don’t replace the need to visit the dentist on a regular basis. It is recommended that children receive a dental cleaning and general checkup once every six months. Other conventional procedures might also include fluoride treatments to increase tooth strength as well as dental sealants, which are used to prevent decay on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
From simple dental cleanings to complex root canals, the Toothdocs group also offers a wide range of dental treatments and services that provide patients not only with the procedures they need but the peace of mind they deserve. Toothdocs’ mission is to provide patient-centered care, professional, technologically current dental services, with a commitment to excellence.
Complete oral health is the long-term goal but ensuring patients’ comfort is the immediate priority. For patients who may be anxious about their dental treatment, Toothdocs offers different levels of sedation to ensure comfort.
The office does its best to make services affordable by tailoring treatment plans to meet patients’ budgets and work with them to offer custom and flexible payment plans. Toothdocs also works with more than a dozen insurance carriers, so call to make an appointment today!