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Family Dentistry

We Take Your Family’s Smiles as Seriously as You Do

Finding the right dentist to help your family with their dental health is the kind of decision you want to be sure to get right. Trust Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Petrosino of Smile Design Dental with the health and safety of your family’s smiles. She wants to give you and your family wonderful smiles for life with family dentistry services.


What makes a family dentist different from a general dentist?

For all intents and purposes, a family dentist is just a general dentist who sees children. This distinction is important, because the last thing you want to do is take your child to a dentist who cannot effectively treat children. Dental anxiety is a very real problem in this country, and two out of three people who say they suffer from dental anxiety blame that feeling on a bad experience at the dentist. A child needs to feel comfortable in the dental chair. This will help reinforce the idea that the dentist is a safe place they need to go to, and it will help them continue taking care of their teeth into adulthood.

Are the treatments for children different than what is used for adults?

Smile Design Dental’s family dentistry treatments are generally the same for all ages, although the way they are administered may vary a bit. Children are different from adults, and with that difference comes varying approaches to the same treatment. In an effort to make sure the child feels comfortable, trusted Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Petrosino may go about things a different way. She will be able to explain to you in detail the specific ways she treats a child versus an adult with the same problems. For children, we often do  nutritional counseling or offer additional fluoride treatments to prevent cavities.

When should I bring my child for their first appointment?

The American Dental Association suggests that you bring your children in to see the dentist by the time they are one year of age, or six months after their first tooth has come in, whichever comes first. This gives top-notch Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Petrosino ample time to monitor their dental development and stave off any potential issues early on. This also lets us develop a relationship and establish rapport with your child at a very early age, which will help in making sure they feel comfortable with Dr. Petrosino and her team.

How can I help my child have a good experience at Smile Design Dental?

One way to help them feel comfortable at the dental office is to bring them with you when you are having your own teeth examined. This will reinforce the idea that Dr. Petrosino is not someone they should fear, but rather someone they should trust. Teaching them at an early age to prioritize their dental health will serve them well later on in life.

Call our Newburgh, NY dentist office at 845-670-5423 to schedule your family dentistry appointments. You can schedule an appointment online as well.