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Finding the right pediatric dentist can be tough. There are a lot of dentists in Forest Hills NY that provide pediatric services—all with varying degrees of qualifications. For the highest quality pediatric dentistry services, look no further than Forest Hills Dental. Dr. Gregory Mark has decades of experience serving patients of all ages—including young children. He is able to provide outstanding services, while also making the experience as worry-free and positive for kids as possible.

Pediatric Dentistry in Forest Hills NY

Pediatric dentistry is a different skillset, so it’s important to find a dentist that is able to provide high-quality dental services for children. Dr. Mark is able to treat children of all ages, as well as adults. This makes him the perfect dentist for your entire family. Dr. Mark continues to provide services for patients that started as children and are now adults with their own children! We believe in treating patients like family, and we provide care that spans over multiple generations.

Dental Checkups for Kids

Your child’s smile is always changing. Just like with adults, it’s important for children to see the dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. Dr. Mark will be able to track the progression of your child’s smile, while also being able to recognize, diagnose, and treat any issues as they occur.

Regular cleanings will help to ensure your child’s teeth stay cavity-free and they don’t suffer from gum disease. With that said, it’s extremely important for your child to take care of their oral health at home. Make sure they are brushing, rinsing, and flossing! We’ll take care of the rest.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatment is an excellent option for children, as their teeth tend to uptake the mineral better than adults. Fluoride varnish and gels help to strengthen the enamel of your child’s teeth and make them more resistant to cavities.

Along with fluoride treatment at Forest Hills Dental, Dr. Mark may also recommend a daily, at-home fluoride routine if your child is at a high risk of tooth decay, or they are wearing braces.

Tap water contains regulated fluoride levels and other helpful minerals that promote healthy bone and tooth development. Make sure your child drinks plenty of tap water (and water in general).

Protective Dental Sealants

Sealants are an excellent way to reduce the chances of your child getting cavities. These sealants are placed on the back molars. These teeth often accumulate bacteria due to the deep grooves and fissures on the chewing surface. Many times, molars are the first teeth to develop decay. A sealant placed on top of the molars will lower the chances of your child getting cavities, which in turn lowers the chances of your child needing fillings.

Sealants are thin and protective layers that are painted over the molars. This only takes a few minutes to place and doesn’t require numbing or drilling. They are so easy to place that we may be able to simply add them to your child’s next checkup appointment.

Pediatric Dental Fillings

It is crucial to stop decay if your child gets a cavity in their baby tooth. As the enamel is weaker, it is susceptible to decay spreading quicker and it may reach the adjacent teeth, nerve, or even the developing permanent tooth underneath!

In order to treat pediatric cavities, a minimally invasive white filling will be placed after the decay has been removed. This material helps to preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible. It bonds closely with the tooth, which limits the prep area.

Some parents wonder why a filling is needed if the tooth will fall out anyway. While the baby tooth will fall out, it’s still important to treat a tooth that is suffering from damage and decay. Your child’s baby teeth play an important role when it comes to eruption patterns and proper placement of their adult teeth. If the tooth is lost prematurely, it can lead to further complications. A damaged tooth can also affect the speech, diet, and self-esteem of your child. It’s best to have the issue addressed, even if the tooth will fall out in the future.

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X-Rays for Children

X-rays are just as important for children as they are for adults. You don’t have to worry about safety. Low radiation digital x-rays are used for the screening of your child’s teeth. These x-rays are necessary to check for cavities and to look at the eruption patterns of adult teeth. Generally, children get a set of bitewing x-rays once a year and a panoramic (full mouth) when their adult teeth start to emerge. After this point, Dr. Mark will take panoramic x-rays every five years or so. If any oral health issues emerge, x-rays may be taken to diagnose the issue.

Orthodontic Screenings

Orthodontic screenings for all children need to be done by age 7. By this age, your child should have both baby and adult teeth. Dr. Mark will check to see if there are any significant developmental irregularities or issues with the bite development of your child that require braces to fix.

Some of the most common issues that require orthodontic treatment include overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. Open bites are often caused by extended thumb, pacifier, or finger sucking.

Preventative Care

One of the best things you can do for the oral health of your child is preventative care. If you ensure good oral health, your child should be able to avoid cavities, gum disease, and other issues. Below are some of the actions you can take to lower the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral healthcare issues:

  • Have your child brush, floss, and rinse twice a day, every day.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste. Generally, a pea-sized dose is enough (smaller for a toddler).
  • Use a timer to ensure your child brushes for two minutes.
  • Help your child to floss so they learn to do it correctly.
  • Ensure your child drinks lots of water.
  • Allow your child autonomy to develop good habits while guiding them when they aren’t taking the right action.
  • Cut down on sugar! This includes soda, sports drinks, and even juices. Limit the amounts of processed foods and carbs they eat. Instead, choose fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks.

Your Child’s First Appointment

Your child should begin their pediatric dental care around the age of 1 (or when their first tooth comes in). The first appointment involves Dr. Mark counting their teeth and performing a brief exam. He will discuss any concerns you may have with you and answer any questions. When your child gets older, he will begin cleaning and taking x-rays. The first appointment is simple and brief. There is no reason to be nervous.

Forest Hills Dental has been serving families since 1995. Dr. Mark has decades of experience with pediatric dentistry and is great at working with children. Your child and you are sure to have a positive experience working with Dr. Mark.

Why Forest Hills Dental?

Forest Hills Dental is the perfect dental practice for pediatric dentistry and is the top office for dentistry for kids in Forest Hills NY. One major reason is Dr. Gregory Mark’s history. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of dentistry and has been providing pediatric services for decades. He now serves multiple generations of patients!

As Forest Hills Dental serves multiple generations, we see our clients as members of our extended family. We provide the best customer service around, and we are dedicated to seeing our patients smile! We promise to ensure your child’s trip to the dentist is as pleasant as possible.

For pediatric dentistry in Forest Hills NY, there is no better choice than Forest Hills Dental.

Payment Options

We believe everyone deserves high-quality dental services. We serve patients of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels. If you have insurance, we will work with your insurance company to get you the best rates possible. If not, we offer low-interest and 0% financing through CareCredit. CareCredit is an excellent option for patients that need additional support with or without insurance.

If you have any additional questions about payment options, let us know.

Reach Out to Forest Hills Dental Today!

Whether it’s your child’s first trip to the dentist or you are transferring to our office, we’ll make sure your child has an outstanding experience at our practice. We can provide checkups, cleanings, dental fillings, sealants, and other services for your child.

Make sure you set an appointment for every six months for a cleaning and checkup for your child. Dr. Mark will check to see if your child has cavities, issues with the eruption of their adult teeth, or anything else that needs to be addressed. From there, we will book an appointment with you to address the issue.

Reach out to Forest Hills Dental today for top-quality pediatric dental care services.


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