Professional Pediatric Dental Examinations
Routine dental exams allow Dr. Dikansky, our Financial District pediatric dentist, to stay on top of your child's dental status. Dr. Dikansky wants to protect your child's oral health and you assist in this care by scheduling routine appointments that allow her to detect problems when they are most treatable.
When to Schedule Your Child's First Dental Exam
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend scheduling a child's first dental exam after the first tooth appears, and no later than the first birthday. Toddlers, school-age children and teens should, like adults, see our downtown NYC pediatric dentist every six months. In cases of high risk for tooth decay or other dental concerns, Dr. Dikansky may recommend more frequent visits .
The Importance of "Baby" Teeth
Baby teeth serve several important functions, including:
- Allowing your child to chew properly
- Maintaining proper space for permanent teeth
- Permitting normal development of muscles in the jaw as well as jaw bones
- Reinforcing the development of normal speech
For these reasons, it is essential to schedule regular visits at our Manhattan pediatric dental office even if your child has only "baby" teeth. While it's true that your child's four front teeth will last only until about the age of 6 or 7, other baby teeth (i.e., the primary molars) will remain in your child's mouth until he or she is between 10 and 12 years of age. Baby teeth that are riddled with cavities or prematurely lost due to a lack of dental care can affect the four functions above, increasing your child's risk for a lifetime of dental and/or speech problems.
Primary Teeth Eruption Chart
Permanent Teeth Eruption Chart
What Happens at a Pediatric Dental Examination
For the youngest children, up to about a year or so in age, Dr. Dikansky will evaluate your child's oral hygiene, checking for sores or bumps in your child's mouth, and removing deposits or stains on the teeth. Your child's tooth eruption history, eating and drinking habits, pacifier use and thumb sucking will be reviewed. Dr. Dikansky will evaluate whether your child is getting adequate fluoride and may recommend a fluoride supplement.
As your child grows, regular dental checks will include sealants, dental x-rays, and evaluation for thumb sucking, jaw clenching or nail biting. If she sees poor alignment of the teeth, Dr. Dikansky may recommend a visit with the orthodontist.
Radiographs (X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child's dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. At our Tribeca pediatric dental office, digital x-rays have replaced older x-ray technology. For more information about digital x-rays, please visit that page on our website.