Preventive and Diagnostic Services
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and detect any dental problems. During an oral evaluation, a thorough examination of the mouth, head, and neck is performed to detect abnormalities.
Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and polishing of the teeth to remove stains and prevent further buildup of plaque.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment after the cleaning is completed. Since Long Island water is non-fluoridated, topical fluoride treatment in the office is highly recommended. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in varnish form.
Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures. Advances in technology now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that can be viewed immediately by the dentist and the patient. We recommend x-rays as infrequently as possible to minimize exposure to radiation.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
During a regular check-up, oral hygiene instructions are given to both patient and parent. Good home care can reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Instructions include proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinses.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material (BPA free) which is applied to the surfaces of back teeth (molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth on the biting surface, preventing plaque and food from becoming trapped and causing a cavity. The sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens with a light in 3 seconds. Sealants are applied in one visit and are pain-free!