Do you have questions about your child’s dental health? We will be happy to speak with you and take your child on a tour of our office. This is a complimentary visit. In this way we hope to create a lifelong habit of regular dental visits and good dental health for our youth. We enjoy seeing our young patients and we work hard to make their visits both comfortable and fun. We gear our pace to the needs of the individual child.
When should a child first visit the dentist? When he/she gets her first tooth. We will discuss the child’s dental heath, including her nutrition and habits. Nighttime bottle habits, thumb sucking and pacifier use are some of the topics we discuss. One of my fondest memories is of a five year old, still clinging to her pacifier, whom I successfully weaned from the habit. Her mother was so pleased that she sent me a lovely bouquet in thanks.
For the slightly older child we look in the child’s mouth, child sitting on the parent’s lap, if indicated. The child gets a new toothbrush and shows us how he/ she brushes her teeth.
A young child sits with his dad at the
child's first dental visit.
When the child is ready, we clean her teeth and we apply fluoride varnish to strengthen the tooth enamel. Our xray system is digital (newly upgraded) and uses minimal radiation – we take xrays only when absolutely necessary. We stress proper home care and regular examinations to set our young patients on a lifetime of oral health.
Children learning to brush their teeth.
We practice minimally invasive dentistry which means that we do not cut unnecessary tooth structure. We remove just the decay and replace the missing tooth structure with a composite filling material. We apply sealants to protect the teeth against decay. We check to see that the teeth are developing properly and that there are no congenitally missing teeth.
We observe the child for speech defects which might affect the development of the oral cavity. For example, a tongue thrust in which the child places the tongue between the teeth when she swallows or exhibits a lisp can adversely affect the teeth. The tongue is a strong muscle that can move the teeth out of position. We make referrals to a speech therapist or orthodontist as necessary.
Older children who are active in sports are fitted for a mouthguard
to protect their teeth. The best mouthguards are custom made in the dental office.
We listen to the concerns of the parents with respect to type of filling material, fluoride use, and radiation. We are respectful of differing opinions.
Terry S. Shapiro, D.M.D.
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry
20 Old Post Road
East Setauket, NY 11733