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    How to Help Your Child Adjust to Having Braces

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Talk to your child’s pediatric dentist about orthodontic screenings. Children should have a screening by the time they are seven years old. Correcting orthodontic problems as early as possible can minimize treatment time. Some children might express worry about having braces, but there are a number of things you can do to help your child adjust to wearing orthodontics. When your child first receives braces, talk to his or her pediatric dentist about the best ways to promote optimal oral hygiene and comfort.

    Minimize Discomfort
    When the braces are first fitted to your child’s mouth, he or she may feel some discomfort and soreness for about three days. The same discomfort can occur when the braces are tightened or adjusted. Remind your child that it’s temporary and that his or her mouth will soon feel much better. Advances in modern dentistry, including more flexible wires, further minimize discomfort. However, an over-the-counter pain reliever can also help. Feed your child soft foods while he or she adjusts to the braces.

    Protect the Soft Tissues
    Occasionally, your child might experience irritation of the soft tissues, including the gums, tongue, and insides of the cheeks. An oral numbing gel will help minimize any irritation. Dryness of the lips can also occur, which can be alleviated with lip balm. Sometimes, a wire or bracket may become loose. Place a small amount of soft wax around the broken piece to protect the surrounding tissues, and bring your child to the dentist as soon as possible.

    Foster Self-Esteem
    Some children may worry about how braces affect their appearance. Remind your child that many of his or her peers will likely be getting braces as well. Your child might also be comforted by knowing that his or her smile will be greatly improved by the braces. Additionally, talk to your child’s dentist about Invisalign’s “invisible” braces for teens.

    Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry in Long Island offers Invisalign, traditional metal braces, retainers, and more. Contact us today for an appointment by calling (516) 798-1111. Or, visit our website to learn more about our pediatric dentistry and orthodontic services.

    Want to Know More About Your Child's Oral Health? Then Check Out These Links!

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Children who learn the importance of cleaning their teeth every day and seeing a dentist regularly are more likely to maintain their oral hygiene throughout the course of their lives. These habits will not only help children prevent serious medical complications, but also ensure that their smiles stay healthy and bright. These resources provide important information for helping parents inspire their children to maintain good oral hygiene:

    • This information from WebMD explains the differences between your child’s sedation dentistry options.
       
    • Learn how to protect your child’s teeth during sports and what to do if he or she loses a permanent tooth with this factsheet from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
       
    • Visit Parents.com to learn how to recognize the signs of teething and how to comfort your child during this process.
       
    • The American Dental Association shares some important tips for helping your children prevent cavities and tooth decay.
       
    • One of the ways you can relieve your children’s anxiety about going to the dentist is to talk about what will happen during their checkup. KidsHealth.org provides some great ideas for explaining the importance of a dental visit to your children.
       
    • If you’re looking for a Long Island dentist who specializes in treating children, contact Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry at (516) 798-1111.

      

    The Patient's Guide to Sedation Dentistry

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Many patients who feel anxious about visiting the dentist will avoid getting necessary treatment that can protect them against gum disease and tooth decay. This phobia can develop at an early age if a child has even a single unpleasant experience at a dental office. Fortunately, modern advances in sedation technology allow today’s dentists to keep their patients comfortable during every dental procedure.   

    Sedation helps patients relax during the procedure:
    Dentists recommend sedation for any patients who require invasive or complex procedures such as tooth extractions. However, this kind of medication is also regularly used to help patients relax during general checkups because it is so safe and effective. For people who experience anxiety the moment they walk into a dental office, sedation allows them to stay calm during their visit and to leave with no memory of their treatment experience.

    Sedation allows patients to have multiple procedures at once:
    Patients who aren’t afraid of dental treatment but need to have a series of fillings or restorative treatments at once can greatly benefit from using either nitrous oxide or IV sedation. This is ideal for patients with busy schedules who may find it difficult to make time for multiple appointments or need to have their teeth fixed before an upcoming social event.

    Sedation comes in different forms:
    Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation that relaxes patients but keeps them responsive during treatment. A dentist uses a small mask to deliver this calming gas to the patient’s body. IV sedation is ideal for patients who would prefer to have no memory of the experience and would like to remain asleep during the procedure. With the assistance of an anesthesiologist, a dentist ensures that the patient receives the proper levels of IV sedation throughout the dental appointment. 

    To learn how sedation dentistry can help your child, contact Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry at (516) 798-1111. Our mission is to provide a positive dental experience for your child so that he or she will develop a lifelong commitment to maintaining healthy teeth. We offer two convenient Long Island locations in Nesconset and Massapequa Park.

    What Are Common Dental Problems Children Encounter?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Like the rest of children’s bodies, their teeth are still growing and developing. Because children’s teeth aren’t quite as strong as the teeth of an adult, parents need to take extra precautions to protect them against damage and injury. The following information can help you keep your children’s developing teeth safe and healthy.     

    Teething Pain
    As baby teeth begin to break through the gum tissue, they can cause gum irritation and swelling. Luckily, these symptoms will stop once the teeth make their way to the surface of the gum line and settle into place. The best way for parents to help their children during this process is to give them chilled teething rings to sooth the gum tissue, dentist-recommend infant teething gel, and of course, lots of hugs and comfort.

    Cavities and Tooth Decay
    Because children’s teeth are still developing, the enamel is not as strong or protective as mature tooth enamel. As such, children are more vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria that attack the enamel. Parents can help prevent cavities by limiting their children’s intake of sugary foods, teaching them good brushing habits, and scheduling regular dental checkups.

    Knocked-out Teeth
    Children with high energy often engage in roughhousing or participate in sports that can result in the loss of a tooth. The best way to prevent premature tooth loss is to ask your pediatric dentist to create a custom-made mouth guard to be worn by your child while participating in sports. If a child’s tooth is knocked out, the tooth may be saved by placing it in a cup of milk to keep the sensitive roots and nerves nourished and by seeking immediate dental treatment.

    Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry in Long Island specializes in caring for children’s teeth in a comfortable, friendly environment. By making the dental experience fun and educational for children, our board-certified dentists can help them properly care for their teeth for the rest of their lives. Call (516) 798-1111 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. 

    A Look at Invisalign Teen

    Last updated 4 years ago

    A teenager’s life is full of change and experiences that can make them feel self-conscious and anxious. On top of dealing with hormonal changes, new relationships, and the transition into adulthood, many teenagers have to face the possibility of braces. Even though wearing traditional metal braces is an important investment in the health and appearance of their smiles, teenagers often find this type treatment to be embarrassing and irritating.

    For many years, Invisalign has helped adults straighten their teeth through a series of comfortable, removable plastic trays. Now this technology is available for teenage patients who wish to straighten their teeth in a way that is virtually unnoticeable! In this video, you will hear from several teenage Invisalign patients who share their experiences with this innovative and convenient orthodontic treatment.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the Invisalign system for teenagers, contact Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry at (516) 798-1111. We strive to provide outstanding dental and orthodontic services that positively impact your child for a lifetime!        

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