Happy Healthy Smiles

For All Children

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ABOUT US

Pediatric Dentistry of North Country is committed to helping all children achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Using the latest techniques, our highly trained and experienced pediatric specialists provide outstanding dental care in a comfortable, kid-friendly setting.

We treat a variety of oral health conditions – including baby-bottle tooth decay – and offer services for fearful and anxious children, as well as children with special needs.

We are accepting new patients and would be honored to provide dental services for your child.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Services

We are passionate about providing the very best dental care for infants, toddlers, children and teens.

From the moment a child enters our office, we are focused on putting him at ease while providing the latest pediatric dentistry procedures.Going to the dentist can be scary for some children, so we aim to make each visit fun and memorable.

If you ever have any questions about the treatment our dentist has recommended, please ask us. It is our job to provide parents with the information they need to make the best decision for their children.

Let us help your child develop a positive outlook on dental care.

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Dental Services Available

preventive care

The saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true when it comes to dental care for kids.

While proper brushing and flossing, along with healthy eating habits, are extremely important in helping children achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles, you shouldn’t forget about scheduling regular visits with your child’s pediatric dentist. Remember, twice a year visits can go a long way in giving your child good oral health.

Preventive Care Services:

  • Routine dental cleanings

  • Oral hygiene instruction

  • Fluoride

  • Sealants

  • X-rays

restorative care

Even with the best of intentions, children sometimes experience dental problems that need fixing.

Getting them fixed as soon as they are detected can help prevent future, more serious problems.

While dental work can be scary for some children, our pediatric dentists are committed to discussing all options and answering any questions you may have. Our priority is helping all children have healthy smiles and putting them at ease during the process.

Restorative Care Services:

  • Drill-less dentistry

  • Fillings

  • Crowns

  • Pulpotomy

  • Space maintainers

  • Impressions

  • Extractions

orthodontic care

Sometimes children need orthodontic services to correct problems with crowding, spacing, openbite, crossbite, underbite and overbite.

At Pediatric Dentistry, we take pride in helping children not only maintain good oral hygiene, but also achieve a smile that will last a lifetime.

Our orthodontist’s top priority is to provide your child with the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We use the latest technology – including digital imaging and advanced computer graphics – to ensure your child receives the most effective care possible.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. From detecting subtle problems to preventing more serious issues, there are many reasons why children need an orthodontic evaluation.

If your child needs an orthodontic evaluation or you think your child may benefit from orthodontic care, call our office to schedule a consultation.

emergency dental care

It is our goal to prevent any dental emergency, but we understand that sometimes urgent dental care is necessary.

If your child experiences a dental emergency during regular business hours, please contact our office immediately. We strive to accommodate dental emergencies promptly so your child can be pain free and happy.

For more information about first aid for dental emergencies, read our blog.

sedation

Is your child scared or anxious when visiting the dentist? Have you considered sedation options for your child’s next dental visit?

Completing necessary dental work can be difficult if you have a child who is fearful or anxious.

Fortunately, our trained pediatric dentists offer a variety of sedation options that help put children at ease and make it easier for them to get the dental care they need.

Sedation options:

  • Nitrous Oxide

  • General Anesthesia (in a local OR facility or ambulatory surgery center)

new patients

If you are visiting Pediatric Dentistry of North Country for the first time, we want to make the sign-in process as quick and easy as possible.

To save some time during your initial visit, please complete and submit the patient information form online.

parent info

When it comes to pediatric dental care, parents often have questions about the types of dental services their children may need or the resources available to them.

While the team at Pediatric Dentistry of North Country is happy to answer any questions you may have, we have also compiled a list a dental care resources and frequently asked questions.

We know how important it is to find accurate, useful information. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite online resources to help guide you in making the best dental care decisions for your child.

Disclaimer: The websites listed above are not affiliated with Pediatric Dentistry of North Country. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist.

How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?

Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Take your child to a pediatric dentist regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child’s first birthday.

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.  Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

How do I make my child's diet safe for his teeth?

Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children’s teeth.

How do dental sealants work?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

What can I do to protect my child's teeth during sporting events?

Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard developed by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.

How safe are dental X-rays?

There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?

Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.

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What Our Patients Say

Exceptional care. Both my kids were very anxious but actually enjoyed their appointments. The dental hygienist has a great personality and gave them high praise for cleanliness. She made them so proud that they take good care of their teeth. Positive reinforcement works wonders. We're brushing & flossing more than ever. Thanks to everyone for a great experience. You're a very personable team, and we're happy to have found your dental practice.

Jenna C., Parent

AMAZING!!! I took my three children for their appointments and everyone from the front desk staff all the way to the dentist were amazing with my children. They actually are looking forward to their return visit!!! I tell all my friends and would recommend you to anyone!!

Leah C., Parent

Both of my children with autism were seen here and have appointments to return. I would definitely recommend this practice (and have) to the families of other special needs children!

Diane C., Parent

Awesome dentist!!! The staff was amazing with my son who has autism! I highly recommend!

Heather H., Parent

Excellent staff! Thanks for being so wonderful with my spirited kiddo!!

Maria G., Parent

Our 3-year-old twins had their first dentist appointment. They were scared and nervous at first, but the dental hygienist that cleaned their teeth was so good with them that they actually had a lot of fun! I would recommend them to people!!

Stacy K., Parent

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Pediatric Dentistry of North Country

55 Cornelia Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
P: 518-566-0600
F: 518-566-0602

Hours of Operation

Mon - Thu: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed