Caring for Kids
Dr. Lau works to make sure children of all ages feel at ease and enjoy themselves, so bring your whole
family along! Rest assured your child will receive the latest advances in children’s dentistry, delivered
with care, thoughtfulness, and compassion. We encourage good dental care habits in children and enjoy
teaching them how to maintain their teeth. We look forward to seeing them for their first dental visit
when they are a year old and watching them develop year after year.
We strive to ensure that this and future generations of children grow up without a fear of dentistry.
According to our many happy parents, we are succeeding. Our office is a relaxed and happy place children
enjoy visiting. Whether you have an active seven-year-old or a scared three-year-old, we are here to help.
Choosing a Child’s Dentist is Much Like Choosing a Pediatrician
Developing good habits early, in an office that’s comfortable and fun, is necessary for a life of good
oral health. Children’s teeth may be susceptible to cavities at a young age due to many factors. Children
are unable to brush well by themselves. Because of this, it is essential for parents to be involved in a
child’s daily dental care. This ensures both thorough cleaning and the development of good dental
Younger kids tend to eat more often during the day (grazing). This results in extended exposure to acid
(every time you eat you create acid), which may lead to more cavities. A tooth that is not as clean as
possible will encourage additional acid production, which in turn can accelerate the development of cavities.
The good news is that identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with applying a fluoride varnish to
the mineralizing teeth, can substantially lower the chance of your child getting a cavity.
Preventing Child Tooth Decay with Dental Sealants
We realize children often don’t do a good job of brushing their teeth. Even careful brushing may not reach
the deep grooves in the back teeth. This results in bacteria, acid, and plaque formation, which leads to
decay. Once the tooth has decay, it is damaged permanently and will require a filling or crown.
What if there was a way to prevent all this from happening in the first place? Fortunately, there is! An
application of dental sealants will solve the problem.
Here’s how sealants work:
- The teeth are cleaned and sterilized.
- A thin clear or white plastic coating is applied.
- A curing light bonds the sealant in place.
- The entire process takes just a few minutes. There are no shots or drills or removal of any tooth structure.
- It’s totally harmless.
Applying dental sealants is one of the best preventive things children and adolescents can do to protect their natural teeth!
Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! Give us a call today at (718) 232-4044 to schedule a visit for everyone.