Facts about pediatric dentistry

It’s important to teach children the proper way to take care of their teeth, but it’s just as important that they learn that going to the dentist can be FUN!

What is a pediatric dentist?

In the same way that a pediatrician is trained to meet a child’s medical needs, a pediatric dental specialist is uniquely qualified to protect your child’s oral health, using the most advanced techniques in our delightfully friendly treatment areas.

In addition to four years of dental school and four years of college study, pediatric dentists have two years of training in child psychology and comprehensive dental care for infants and children of all ages — including those with physical and mental disabilities.

They learn to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable, and to make the experience pleasant.

Pediatric dentists help children, teens, young adults, and those with special needs. They also follow the growth and development of your child’s mouth in terms of alignment of the teeth, and refer your child to the orthodontist at the appropriate time to manage concerns or problems early.

Why are baby teeth so important?

Primary (baby) teeth are important because they help with proper chewing and eating, help in speech development, and add to an attractive appearance — adding to the child’s self esteem. A child who can chew easily, speak clearly, and smile confidently is a happier child.

Healthy primary teeth allow normal development of the jawbones and muscles, as well as save space for the permanent (adult) teeth to come into place. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, permanent teeth can come in crooked. Decayed baby teeth can cause pain, abscesses and infections that can spread to the permanent teeth. Also, your child’s general health can be affected if diseased baby teeth are not treated. Remember, some primary molars are not replaced until ages 10 to 14, so they must last for years.

When should my child visit the dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first dental visit should be as soon as the first tooth erupts, or at least by the first birthday, whichever comes first.

A pediatric dentist is a specially trained dentist who has the experience and expertise to examine and treat children with all their needs in mind. It is recommended that children have routine well exams to check on developmental milestones for their teeth and gums, similar to well checks at the pediatrician’s office.

Lisa Lazzara is a board-certified pediatric dentist at Kids Dental of Staten Island [1839 North Railroad Ave. in Oakwood, (718) 667-5437].

Relevant Directory Listings

See More

Play On! Studios

<p>Play On! Studios offers theater day camps and after-school classes on the UWS that are guaranteed to give kids a summer full of acting, music, and fun they won't soon forget! Young actors will rehearse and perform in a full production, work with professional NYC actors/teaching artists, build up their skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and play lots of drama games!</p> <p>Creative Drama Camps are perfect for kids entering grades K-4. Campers will work each week to put on a brand-new show! Each session, they will receive a script, rehearse a production, make a set and costumes, and perform their play. Kids will also play drama games, play outside (weather permitting), and have tons of fun!</p> <p>Musical Theater Camps are aimed at kids entering grades 4-9. In Musical Theater Performance Camp, campers put on a complete musical production in a professional NYC theater! Campers will stretch their skills with drama exercises and games, vocal coaching, field trips, and building a professional set. Our incredible teaching artists and campers come together to put on a truly remarkable show!</p> <p>During the school year, classes are great for beginners or more experienced actors - sing, dance, and put on a play! Whether your child is just starting out, or ready for Broadway, we’ve got the class for them. Classes are available for grades PreK-8, after school or on Saturdays! Come play with us.</p> <p> </p>

Launch Math+Science Camp

<h1>Launch Math + Science Centers</h1> <p>For more than 15 years, Launch Math + Science Centers have provided toddlers to tweens with inspiring math instruction and STEM-based camps and classes. Launch offers a true educational experience for students with small group sizes and big opportunities for learning. For Summer 2024, Launch Math + Science Centers offers exciting and educational one-week STEM summer camps for kids from kindergarten to 7th grade (5-12 years old). With a 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio, children at Launch’s exciting specialty summer programs explore the adventures of archaeology, discover the details of robotics, reveal the wonders of chemical reactions – and that’s just the beginning. Each week is jam-packed with hands-on STEM projects and fun camp activities.</p> <h2>The Camp Day</h2> <p>Each camp day kicks-off at 9:00 am and consists of designated educational segments that are designed to inspire.</p> <p>-STEM Projects (core lessons and builds tied to the theme of the week)</p> <p>-STEM Discoveries (challenge-based learning through problem-solving activities)</p> <p>-Active Adventures (a blend of tech and camp games in Central Park)</p> <p>-Math Mania! (engaging mathematics-based projects and activities)</p> <p>Standard dismissal is at 3:30 pm, with the option to extend to 5:00 pm.</p> <h2>Weekly Camp Themes</h2> <p><strong>Juniors (K+1st Grade)</strong></p> <p>I Wanna Be… A Marine Biologist!</p> <p>I Wanna Be… An Archaeologist!</p> <p>I Wanna Be… A Sports Doctor!</p> <p>I Wanna Be… A Techie!</p> <p><strong>Kids (2nd-4th Grade)</strong></p> <p>Coding + Animation</p> <p>Remarkable Robots + Marvelous Machines</p> <p>Potent Potions + Fizzing Formulas</p> <p>Rocket Science: Destination Mars</p> <p><strong>Tweens (5th-7th Grade)</strong></p> <p>Coding + Game Development</p> <p>Rockin' + Robotics</p> <p>Chaotic Chemical Reactions</p> <p>Architecture + Engineering</p> <h2>Register Early, Save Big!</h2> <p>Huge discounts for Early Bird enrollments. Register by March 31st and receive $200 off EVERY camp after the first.</p> <p>For well over a decade, Launch has delivered engaging STEM programs for children throughout New York City. Real-life rocket scientist, Scott Heifetz, founded Launch with one mission in mind: Inspire children to love and learn math and science!</p>

Enforex

<p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{">Students 5-18 years old learn Spanish living with Spanish students while having fun at one of our 8 Immersion Summer programs in Spain. Children will make new friends from all over the world, learn languages, play sports and more, all in a supportive, friendly and diverse environment where students open their minds and immerse themselves in the Spanish culture and language.</span></p>