Pediatric dentists are Primary and Specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence. We are all about kids!
What Kind of Training Does an Pediatric Dentist Have?
Here’s an interesting fact: All pediatric dentists are dentists but not all dentists are pediatric dentists. That basically means a pediatric dentist went to school for an extremely long time! After receiving a bachelor’s degree, pediatric dentists get their doctorate from dental school, then completes three more years of specialist training. Finally, they must pass all of the required examinations to become a Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. The specialist training program consists mainly of clinically-based learning, meaning treating patients and getting experience.
What Treatments Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?
Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:
- Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
- Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
- Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
- Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
- Repair of tooth cavities or defects
- Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
- Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
- Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)
Pediatric Dentists - The Best Care for Children
Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. In addition, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind.
A pediatric dentist offers a wide range of treatment options, as well as expertise and training to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. When your pediatrician suggests that your child receive a dental exam, you can be assured that a pediatric dentist will provide the best possible care.
Focus on Preventive Care
Pediatric dentists also focus on prevention of dental problems to ensure lifetime of good dental health. Pediatric practitioners can give you advice and teach your child about developing healthy habits, like twice-a-day brushing and flossing. A pediatric dentist will also have the latest information on preventative treatments (such as topical fluoride treatments) as they pertain specifically to children.
Smaller Child-Friendly Equipment
While there’s nothing wrong with using standard-sized dental equipment on children, it’s nice that pediatric dental offices use smaller equipment specifically designed for a child’s mouth. Additionally, many pediatric dentists help ease your child into dental exams by introducing one piece of equipment at a time. This can help children get used to the complex and often “scary-looking” equipment without overwhelming them.
Child Specific Decor & Toys
Specialized children’s dental practices are decked out in brightly-colored décor, complete with toys and games in the waiting room, to help your child feel more at home. Many practices also play popular children’s cartoons to distract your child during the exam. They hand out stickers or toys at the end of the appointment to help build up your child’s level of comfort. Additionally, when your child sees other children having a positive dental experience, she can use this as a model to follow.
Why Choose Jericho Smiles?
Here is why Dr. David Choi at Jericho Smiles is one of the top pediatric dentist in Long Island NY.
Since every child is different, Dr. Choi spends time to understand kids and their needs. Dr. Choi will make a recommendation of behavior guidance methods for the child based upon health history, special health care needs, dental needs, type of treatment required, the consequences of no treatment, emotional and intellectual development, and parental preferences.
We are fun!
Going to the dentist shouldn’t be a chore! We make it entertaining and fun, which sets the stage for a positive relationship with oral health that will last a lifetime. Our kid-friendly office and experienced staff tailor each visit to fit our youngest patients’ individual needs. Kids’ mouths are different from those of grown-ups and we’re specially trained to care for them.
We are Qualified
Dr. Choi is board-certified Pediatric Dentist accredited by the American Association of Pediatric Dentists and only sees children every day making him expert at what he does.
Get to Know Us
The best way to know if a particular pediatric dentist is right for you is to meet with them face to face. How you feel in their offices, how the staff treats you and the dentist’s chair-side manner can all be factors in how you feel about a particular pediatric dentist. Don’t be afraid to set up consultations at different places.
When looking for dental treatment for kids in Long Island NY, consider Dr. David Choi at Jericho Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry.
How to Find a Pediatric Dentist?
For best children’s dentist in Long Island NY, call 516-888-1777. We are accepting new patients.
What Patients Say about Us
Dr. Lee and his staff are amazing, they genuinely care and are willing to help you get the results you want. Dr. Lee is thorough and a perfectionist, and you won't regret going to him.Jinny FFrom Yelp
My son is 4 and he cries at the drop of a hat, so needless to say i was a bit worried. But Dr. Choi spoke to my son in such a gentle and fun way that before my son knew what was going on Dr. Choi was done.Joseph C.From Yelp
Amazing experience today with Dr. Lee. I always wanted braces as a child but couldn't and assumed Invisalign was out of my price range as an adult. Working with the outstanding team, I realized I could fulfill my life long dream of braces and stay within my budget! So excited to continue working with the amazing team here to get the smile I have always wanted!!Jim HFrom Yelp
I just recently got my braces off. Dr. Lee and the staff did an amazing job. The staff is very friendly and I'm glad I chose braces and smiles. I highly recommend anyone who needs/wants braces to go here!Farhana R.From Yelp
Ever since my first visit to the office, everyone was very nice and welcoming. I enjoyed going every month for my braces checkup. Everything is very fast with little to none waiting time. Not to mention, the end result; I am very happy with the way my teeth have turned out.I recommend Dr. Lee to anyone that needs any orthodontic work done!Amina IFrom Google
Dr Lee's professionalism will make you at ease and him and his staff will make this whole process effortlessly. 17 months later, my boys have a prefect smile!Sandy M.From Google
Dr. Choi is very good with the kids and thorough. He explains things clearly and also gives many suggestions not only for current treatment, but also for the futures. My son has his chipped tooth extracted. The gave him laughing gas and watch movie while extracting his tooth. Everything went very well and quick.Lisa C.From Yelp
After countless consultations and research I found Dr. Lee and I'm so glad that I did. Dr. Lee and his team are super friendly and very knowledgeable, they made me feel incredibly confident about my smile even with my metal braces. As he has advised me during my initial consultation, orthodontic treatment only took me 13 months and I am now braces free! =D. If you are looking for a great orthodontist, don't look anywhere else.Mindy S.From Yelp
Took our daughter here for her first dentist visit. The office was super kid friendly, plenty of toys. The staff even came out and put on Frozen to make her feel more at ease and comfortable. Dr. Choi was friendly and patient with our little one even when she feared to sit in the seat alone. He explained the benefits to both us of brushing and even flossing at such at young age as well as even sang a little song 🙂 Would highly recommend Jericho smiles!Rosina PersaudFrom Google
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