New Providence Family Dentist
Family Dentist in New Providence
We believe that developing good oral hygiene habits early is key. We do our best to educate parents and children about their oral health and work with you to encourage your little ones to take care of their smiles. When you bring your child to our New Providence dental office, we make their visit fun and enjoyable, keeping them enthusiastic about their dental health from the start.
Understanding How To
Care For Your Child’s Smile
Your baby is ready for his or her first dental appointment when their first tooth arrives – usually between six months and one year. During that visit, we’ll help you develop an at-home routine that incorporates positive oral care habits. Dr. Herko suggests regular six-month checkups after that to allow us to develop a doctor-patient relationship and so we can catch any dental issues, like cavities, before they develop into bigger problems. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for your little one.
What Is A Dental Home?
Understanding the Basics
A “dental home” refers to the dental practice where you and your family go to receive preventive dental care and any restorative treatments you may need. It’s important to find a family dentist who can take care of your teeth as well as your children’s oral health as your dental needs change.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that families find a dental home as early as possible. Children should start seeing the dentist as soon as they are 12 months old, or whenever their first tooth erupts. After this, children of all ages should see the dentist every six months for an oral exam and cleaning.
A dental home means that you and your family have a trusted dentist you can turn to with any oral health issue. From regular check-ups and cleanings to restorative treatments like fillings and dental emergencies, a family dentist like Dr. Herko can help you and your loved ones get the care you need.
The Benefits Of Finding
A Dental Home For You Child
One of the biggest benefits of finding a dental home for your children is that they will see the same dentist from a very young age, which helps them become familiar with the process of dental appointments. This is ideal because they will not feel as anxious or nervous about seeing the dentist as they age.
You and your children can also build a real relationship with your dentist and the staff at your dental home. As a dentist and hygienist get to know you, they will learn more about the unique challenges facing your oral health and the details about your family, which helps them deliver personalized care.
When Dr. Herko gets to know you and your children, she will be able to recognize potential issues like cavities, gum disease, or orthodontic problems early. This helps you avoid dental complications in the future, and can save you both time and money.
With a dental home, your children will also benefit from better lifelong oral health habits. Dr. Herko and the team at New Providence Dentistry will explain dental health and hygiene concepts to your kids in a way they will appreciate, and this will enhance their knowledge of oral care. We will help ensure that your kids get in the habit of brushing and flossing properly. The oral hygiene habits your children develop during their youth will stay with them for the rest of their lives, so this is a very important part of choosing a dental home for your child.
Going to the same dentist consistently also helps you ensure that you can get emergency care and after-hours care when you need it. A great family dentist will always be willing to be flexible if you or one of your children are experiencing a dental emergency, or need a last-minute same-day appointment.
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One of the best things about young smiles is that they likely don’t have any signs of decay. The bacteria from sugary foods and acids hasn’t had an opportunity to damage the teeth yet. If your child has no cavities or decay, Dr. Herko may recommend dental sealants to help your child maintain a healthy smile. The dental sealants create a barrier between food particles and the teeth, making them easier to clean and keep healthy. Call New Providence Dentistry for more details on how we can start your child off with the healthiest smile possible.
Dr. Herko and the friendly staff of New Providence Dentistry is always available to answer questions and make sure you’re well informed about your treatment. Call our office at (908) 376-9297 to schedule an appointment today, or stop by at 571 Central Ave, Suite 100, New Providence, NJ 07974. We look forward to meeting you!