We Do It for the Kids: Pediatric Dentistry in NYC
Dr. Paul Zeylikman leads our Pediatric Dental Department, bringing over 15 years of pediatric experience to the Advanced Dental Arts practice. In addition to treating the children of our current patients, he also accepts referrals from other dentists in the surrounding community. With each patient, Dr. Paul Zeylikman provides a high level of energy and exceptional experience to our Pediatric Dentistry Practice in NYC.
Dr. Paul Is Good With Kids Because, Well, He Is One
The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Because there aren’t many pediatric dentists in Greenwich Village, it can be difficult to find a practice you can trust for your WHOLE family. Luckily, our dental team takes the worry out so your children can continue to smile. From now and into the future.
Your Child’s First Pediatric Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends parents and healthcare providers help every child establish a dental home by twelve months of age. This because children who have a dental home early on are more likely to receive appropriate preventative and routine oral health care. Seeing a child by twelve months of age provides critical opportunities to educate parents and establish proper dental health practices. This will help reduce the child’s risk of preventable dental disease.
- Help your child feel comfortable and experience a check-up
- Screen for developmental concerns that may impact their future bite
- Discuss proper home care and nutritional needs with the parent or caregiver
- Use age-appropriate methods to encourage proper self-care and oral hygiene
- Take “pictures” (x-rays) if the child is comfortable
- Make a plan for any necessary therapeutic needs
In pediatric dentistry, there’s a high level of psychology involved in the way we help our young patients during their care procedures. Through key language skills, voice control, protective stabilization, sedation options, and a tell-show-do approach, our Greenwich Village pediatric dentist can help even the most behaviorally challenged/anxious child experience a successful visit.
No level of sedation is appropriate for everyone, including children. We offer a variety of sedative choices based on the physical, developmental, and behavioral needs of each child. There’s no need to take your little one to a hospital or surgery center for their necessary care. Thanks to our in-house IV sedation, oral conscious sedation, and nitrous oxide sedation, it’s possible to help your child enjoy a healthy smile regardless of how much treatment they need.
Our top priority is to help your child keep his or her smile healthy, so that they need less treatment in the future, or ideally, so they can avoid dental problems altogether. We do this by offering age-appropriate therapies like:
- Comprehensive exams and orthodontic screenings
- Gentle cleanings and oral hygiene instruction
- Digital x-rays to assess tooth development
- Supplemental therapy, including fluoride treatments
- Protective dental sealants to block out decay
Most children benefit from a cleaning and check-up every 6 months to keep their smile cavity-free.
A child’s 20 baby teeth, which often come in by age 3, usually fall out in the same order they came in. That means the lower center teeth (lower central incisors) are usually the first to go, around age 6 or 7. The top center pair is next. Some children lose their first tooth as early as 4 or as late as 7. Generally, the younger the child was when the teeth came in, the earlier they fall out.
When a baby tooth has a cavity, it can spread very quickly into the developing adult tooth. Minimally invasive white fillings aren’t just cosmetically pleasing; they also prevent emergencies like abscessed teeth. Dr. Amanat strives to address cavities in their earliest stages when they’re more comfortable to treat and before they can affect neighboring teeth.
Orthodontics: Early Intervention
Dr. Zeylikman works closely with our board-certified orthodontist to provide early and effective orthodontic therapy to her patients. Assessing bite corrective needs early makes it easier for your child to enjoy a healthy smile when they grow up. Growth modification, space maintainers, and phase one (“early ortho”) braces are a great way to start.
Patient Forms and Parental Release
We know most families are very busy. That’s why we’ve made our pediatric forms and parental releases available online, for you to print out and complete whenever it’s most convenient for you. After you bring your child to the first visit and have a personal consultation with Dr. Zeylikman, it is perfectly fine to send your child with a grandparent or nanny to future appointments. Call today to schedule!