When Will My Baby Get Their First Teeth?

It’s a moment awaited with bated breath, containing equal moments dread and excitement for our growing child, the first tooth. The child’s first tooth marks an important transition in our lives, moving from soft foods and formula to the consumption of solid food. For breastfeeding mothers, it contains equally complex emotions, a pending freedom coming […]

Why are Baby Teeth Important / Thumb-Sucking and Pacifier Use

We all had them as children, babies really, our pacifiers and Nuks. For some of us they were a remnant of our infancy that gave us comfort, and for others they transitioned into thumb-sucking as small children. While this seems like a natural progression for a child to go through, thumb-sucking can have long lasting […]

Baby’s First Dental Visit

New parents experience so many new things it can all be overwhelming. One of the most common questions we hear from parents is regarding visiting the dentist. After all, if a child doesn’t have teeth, why should they see a dentist. While this makes sense at first, you’ll find that dental care is about more […]

How to Stop Thumbsucking

Thumb sucking is a common habit formed by children to self soothe. While cute at first, this habit can be detrimental to a child’s oral health, jaw development, and speech development if it occurs for a prolonged period of time. While old methods included pouring hot sauce on children’s thumbs or binding them to prevent […]

How safe are digital radiographs?

At Kidz Smile Center our goal is to continually improve the patient experience for everyone we serve. We do this by providing a comfortable environment, paying attention to all of our patients’ needs, and paying attention to patient safety. One of the ways we work to create a safe environment for patient safety is by […]

What’s the Big Deal About Fluoride and Sealants?

Protecting your child’s teeth from decay is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they’re given a strong foundation for good oral health. While many don’t think about it, a child’s baby teeth play a crucial role in how your child’s mouth forms as they grow and develop. Baby teeth also […]

Pediatric Dentistry Prevention

In pediatric dentistry, prevention is the key to providing your child with a good baseline of oral health. A healthy mouth sets your child up for success for years to come. Many people believe that because baby teeth fall out, taking care of them is not important. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Baby […]

Dental Sealants

At Kidz Smile Center in New York City, Dr. Kimberli Leal and her team are dedicated to keeping your children smiling. As a busy parent it can be all too easy to forget to keep up with routine visits to your child’s pediatric dentist. However, those early years are amongst the most important in terms […]

Decay Prevention for Children

A child’s oral health must be protected from birth through adolescence and into adulthood. Unfortunately, many children develop tooth decay early in life – a condition that can progress into serious oral health problems. Keeping a child’s teeth strong and healthy requires preventative measures. At our pediatric dental practice, prevention is the foundation of all […]

When Will My Baby Get His / Her First Tooth

Children are born with a set of primary teeth that last throughout early childhood. These primary teeth typically begin to emerge during the first year of life between the ages of 4 and 12 months. This begins a process that usually ends with a complete set of primary teeth by age 3. Though it is […]