A child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment.
We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends…
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child’s first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).
Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child’s regular checkups.
Dutch Hill Family Dental
95 DUTCH HILL ROAD ORANGEBURG, NY 10962 (845) 359-8424
Dutch Hill Family Dental
MONDAY 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
TUESDAY 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
THURSDAY 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Open select Saturday's
8:00 AM - 1 :00 PM
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Dr. Tom and his fabulous hygienist, Cathy, provide wonderful care for my family! I have referred many friends and colleagues who have been quite pleased with the services at this practice. The music is great too!Donna
Very professional, great environment , recommend highly.Brian
Dr. Thomas Pizzolo and his hygienist Cathy are knowledgeable professionals. What I liked- answered all my questions, clean office, good attitude, put me at ease. Additionally, I liked the fact that Dr. Pizzolo called me about my concerns regarding orthodontic treatment that I'm about to get from my orthodontist.
It takes that extra step of personal approach to each patient to be different from the corporate world.
I'm not really good at going to the doctors or especially dentists. This time I'm actually planning on going back for my next appointment in May and I'm looking forward to it.
I have been a patient for roughly 25 years, since I was a small child, and have always had pleasant and positive experiences during my many visits to Dr. Pizzolo's office. The entire staff is friendly, professional and extremely skilled at what they do.
I have never dreaded going to the dentist and I contribute that to the people here and knowing that I have always been in good, capable hands. I have recommended this family practice to many, and will continue to do so!Chris
Outstanding Customer Service! My dentist is out of town and I had a dental emergency. She called me and told me to come and see Dr. Pizzolo. Both Dr. Pizzolo and his office staff were friendly, kind and patient. What a lovely reminder that customer service and compassion are still a core value for people. Thank you for treating me like part of the family.Suzanne
I have visited Dr. Pizzolo and Dr. Elashmawy on several occasions and have found them to be very professional, understanding and knowledgeable. They listened to my questions and concerns. Appointments are easily made and they are "on time" with my appointments. Their staff is very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend them.Janet