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Growing up in New York City, there was no shortage of dentists in the area, yet my previous experiences at the dentist made me very frightened. The enormous chair, screeching drills and sight of "needles" were enough to incite my biggest fears, but when I met my new pediatric dentist his bright demeanor, polka dotted bow-tie and way of explaining things patiently made even the scariest things seem easy. This was my initial inspiration for becoming a dentist, as I saw personally what a HUGE difference having the right dentist can make in a child's life.
After I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree at New York University College of Dentistry, I continued at NYU and Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for my Pediatric Dental Specialty training (an additional 2 year residency), where I was trained in child psychology and behavior guidance techniques such as Tell-Show-Do, where a dentist uses child friendly words to describe the procedures, shows the child all the instruments and allows the child to become comfortable and calm during their visit. For example, a rubber dam (used to cover the tooth for a filling) can be a "tooth rain coat", an explorer is a "tooth counter".
I truly believe that by creating a kid friendly environment, and working with each child at his or her level of readiness we can allow our children to have a fun experience at the dentist.
In this day and age, parents are becoming more informed, and are searching out information online.
A major part of preventing dental disease lies in EDUCATION and PREVENTION. I wanted parents to have a resource from a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist where they could search out how to begin early and prevent tooth decay before it starts.
By helping parents be more educated on certain topics such as baby bottle decay, pacifier habits, and dental sealants,to name few, they can be more informed when making decisions for their children.
I am open to any ideas or topics you would like to discuss. To contact me, send an email to DrLanaDDS@gmail.com.
To ensure gum health, proper teeth development and help prevent cavities, exams should be done every 6 months.
Cleanings should be done every 6 months for healthy teeth and gums.
When cavities are found, your child may need fillings on baby or adult teeth. Our office is amalgam-free (a mercury containing filling material).
When cavities are larger, a crown can help maintain the tooth for a longer period of time. We offer same day crown placement.
When falls or accidents happen, know where to turn to for broken or damaged teeth.
When baby teeth are lost early, space maintainers can help prevent teeth from getting too crowded, and decrease the need for braces in the future .
1 year old
First visit to dentist
every 6 month
Full set of baby teeth
Full set of adult teeth
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Frequently asked questions
When should a child get their first dental visit?
ADA and AAPD recommend 6 months after the first tooth comes our, or by 1 year, whichever comes FIRST.
How early can a child get a cavity?
When should I start brushing my baby's teeth?
Start brushing teeth as soon as they come out into the mouth.
When can my child get dental sealants?
Baby teeth can get sealants once the molars are erupted and the child is able to cooperate in the chair.
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