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Preventive and Diagnostic Pediatric Dentistry in Bergen County

Preventive and Diagnostic Services

Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive preventive and diagnostic dentistry for children. At our state-of-the-art pediatric dental practice in Ramsey, NJ, our three Board-Certified pediatric dentists provide complete pediatric preventive care to help children develop and maintain strong, healthy teeth and mouths. To schedule a dental exam for your child, call  201-746-4626 or message us.

What Is Preventive and Diagnostic Pediatric Dentistry?

Preventive and diagnostic pediatric dentistry focuses on preventing oral health problems, and accurately diagnosing problems in their earliest stages. Preventive dental care for children is extremely effective at reducing the incidence of tooth decay (cavities), gum disease, and other conditions that can cause children discomfort. 

Preventive pediatric dentistry includes all routine oral healthcare, ranging from exams to cleanings, and preventive and diagnostic services such as fluoride treatments, and reduced-radiation X-rays when necessary.

Benefits of Preventive and Diagnostic Dentistry for Children

Preventing tooth decay (cavities) • Strengthening weak or vulnerable teeth • Reducing the risk of gum disease • Early diagnosis of potential problems • Preserving space for adult tooth eruption (space maintenance) • Counseling and guidance for habit-breaking (appliances if necessary) • Reinforcing good oral hygiene habits • Preparing for dental milestones (anticipatory guidance) • Providing ongoing oral health education • Supporting good overall health and development

At Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry our experienced team is passionate about helping young people develop healthy, strong teeth and beautiful smiles. Our practice is unique in that all of our pediatric dentists are Board-Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Our dentists, assistants, and hygienists regularly pursue continuing educational opportunities to ensure that we are providing the most effective and innovative pediatric dental care for all kids. To that end, our pediatric dentists have completed extensive training in treating children with special needs.

At Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, you’ll never feel like your child is just the next patient we see. We treat children as if they are our own, and serve as a trusted friend and partner in ensuring their healthy development and growth.

Preventive and Diagnostic Services at Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Comprehensive Oral Evaluation

An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other 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 Treatment

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. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.

Digital Radiographs

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.

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. Instructions include proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinses.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.

Frequently Asked Questions About Preventive and Diagnostic Dentistry

How often should my child see a pediatric dentist?
Once your child gets their first tooth or reaches their first birthday, they should visit the dentist twice yearly for preventive care. If problems arise between routine dental appointments, schedule an appointment sooner.
Are dental X-rays safe for kids?
Yes. At Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we use digital X-rays, which reduce exposure to radiation by up to 90%.
How can I help my child maintain healthy teeth?
The best thing that parents and guardians can do to help their children maintain healthy teeth, is to ensure their children are brushing their teeth twice daily, and flossing daily. Limiting sugary foods, eating a nutritious diet, and seeing the dentist regularly also help kids maintain healthy teeth and smiles.
Are sugary snacks really that bad for kids' teeth?
Occasional treats are ok for children. However, excessive sugar can cause significant damage to the teeth, gums, and your child’s overall health. Sugary snacks should be allowed in moderation only as they are the leading cause of tooth decay in children.
Are dental sealants safe?
Yes. We use BPA-free dental sealants at Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Dental sealants are a remarkable preventive treatment that reduces the incidence of cavities in kids by up to 80%.
What are the symptoms of cavities in kids?
In the early stages, cavities may produce few symptoms. As the decay worsens, your child may develop sensitivity to sweet foods and drinks. They may develop bad breath, spots on the teeth, or tooth discoloration. If left untreated, cavities can lead to a toothache or infection.
How long can my child safely suck their thumb?
Children need to break oral habits by the time they begin to get their permanent teeth. Many children will stop pacifier use or thumb-sucking on their own within the first few years of life. If the habit continues, talk to your pediatric dentist about the next steps.
Will preventive dental appointments for my child be covered by insurance?
All dental insurance plans offer some coverage for preventive care. However, each policy is different, so you should confirm your allowance with your provider, to understand your financial responsibility.

Schedule a Dental Exam for Your Child in Ramsey, NJ

To schedule a preventive dental exam and cleaning for your child in Bergen County, call Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 201-746-4626 or send us a message.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
470 North Franklin Turnpike Suite 106
Ramsey, NJ 07446
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