Pediatric Dentistry is the dental specialty dedicated to the treatment of children, from infancy through the teenage years. The very young, pre-teens and teenagers require unique approaches in managing their dental needs, behavior, growth and development, and our Woodside Queens Dentist, Michael J. Weiss & Associates have the knowledge and patience to guide them into a lifetime of proper dental health. Pediatric dentists have an extra two years of specialized training and are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. Our pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet the needs of children of all ages, helping them to avoid future dental problems.
Your child should visit our Woodside Queens Dentist by his or her first birthday and we can help you make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit, and told that our dentist and his staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. It is always best if you don’t use words such as needle, pull, drill or hurt as this can instill unnecessary fear. Dr. Weiss and his friendly staff make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child. It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities frequently lead to problems which affect the developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth, are important for proper chewing and eating, providing space for permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position while permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to, or detract from, an attractive appearance. The front four teeth last until the child is 6 or 7 years old and the back teeth (cuspids and molars), aren’t replaced until age 10 to 13.
Begin brushing teeth as soon as the child cuts his first tooth. A pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it. Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces. Flossing removes plaque and should begin when any two teeth touch. Our Woodside Queens Dentist, Dr. Weiss promotes healthy eating habits that lead to healthy teeth. Be aware and don’t let your child eat too many sweet snacks that can lead to tooth decay.