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Dr. Scott Amer, D.M.D.

Dentist (Pediatric)

Dr. Scott Amer D.M.D. is a top Dentist (Pediatric) in Hewlett, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Scott Amer D.M.D. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Scott Amer D.M.D. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Scott Amer D.M.D. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Hewlett, NY, Dr. Scott Amer D.M.D. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Scott Amer, D.M.D.
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Can I use dental floss for my 4 year old?

The sooner good habits are established, the more likely they will be lifetime good habits! If your child is cooperative, then by all means start flossing. It's more important to READ MORE
The sooner good habits are established, the more likely they will be lifetime good habits! If your child is cooperative, then by all means start flossing. It's more important to floss where there are contacts between the teeth; more likely in between molars than the front teeth (front teeth contacts means your child's mouth is small). The easiest thing is to lie the child on a bed or couch on your lap and use a floss on a stick aid. Gently go back and forth to 'break' the contact, then push back and then pull forward and lift. BE GENTLE, it only takes one slip to send your child off to being uncooperative. I usually recommend once or twice a week if the molars are in contact. If your child shows an interest because you are and there are no contacts, then only once a week ;)

My child accidentally ate toothpaste. What should I do?

Simply: yes, you are overreacting! At her age, even though all of her permanent teeth haven't all erupted (probably a few of the front teeth only), they are well on their way in READ MORE
Simply: yes, you are overreacting! At her age, even though all of her permanent teeth haven't all erupted (probably a few of the front teeth only), they are well on their way in development and the likelihood of a few tooth brushings of toothpaste being swallowed will have any effect is minimal (none). Likewise for the rest of her body (stomach or digestion, etc.) no ill effects!!

Can braces cause injury?

If you are getting traditional braces, i.e., brackets on each tooth with a wire to move the teeth, the initial putting them on is simple and painless (no need for numbing)! If READ MORE
If you are getting traditional braces, i.e., brackets on each tooth with a wire to move the teeth, the initial putting them on is simple and painless (no need for numbing)! If you are getting clear aligners (invisalign or other), these, too, are pain-free; however, in both cases, in order to move the teeth, there is pressure exerted. This pressure can be somewhat uncomfortable, but remember everyone's threshold for pain differs (usually Tylenol or some mild analgesic will help).

Good luck and I'm sure the end results will justify any "pain" you go through!!

My daughter has all of her baby teeth in. What should I bring her to dentist?

The major academies of medicine (AMA, ADA, AAPD, AAP, NIH) have jointly stated that children should have a dental "home" by their 1st birthday! The number one cause for missing READ MORE
The major academies of medicine (AMA, ADA, AAPD, AAP, NIH) have jointly stated that children should have a dental "home" by their 1st birthday! The number one cause for missing school days is dental disease (cavities) and the easiest way of preventing cavities is by good oral hygiene and prevention. Finding a pediatric dentist should be relatively
easy, as would be the first appointment (especially compared to waiting for a tooth ache to arise ;))

So, the quick answer is ASAP to the dentist!!

P.S. The last baby tooth is lost around age 12, so there are a lot of years before then!!

Is it important for children to floss their teeth daily?

as a parent and a pediatric dentist it is most important to pick your battles, especially with an 8yo.....oral health priority one is what goes in the mouth on a daily basis. #2 READ MORE
as a parent and a pediatric dentist it is most important to pick your battles, especially with an 8yo.....oral health priority one is what goes in the mouth on a daily basis. #2 is to establish lifelong oral hygiene habits with brushing twice daily (after breakfast and after last evening 'snack'). generally speaking an 8yo isn't quite co-ordinated enough to floss by themselves and probably doesn't want the 'rents in their mouth.....i suggest once a week let them try to get in between the molars!

Do kids with lactose intolerance have weak teeth?

The short answer is no. Permanent teeth start to develop slightly before birth and afterwards, so a lot is dependent on prenatal and early feeding habits. The strength of the READ MORE
The short answer is no.
Permanent teeth start to develop slightly before birth and afterwards, so a lot is dependent on prenatal and early feeding habits. The strength of the teeth is more genetic in nature, but prevention will help protect the teeth. The importance of calcium in good bone development (including the jaw bones) is very important, but remember, cows milk is not the only (or best source) for calcium, after all, your son is not a calf, but a human (I am not a big fan of cow's milk). Great sources of calcium include broccoli, kale (and other dark green veggies), beans, and fish. Also, some OJ and non-dairy milks are calcium fortified!
Eat healthy, brush after meals, and smile, smile, smile!!

What are the chances that the spaces in my daughter's teeth will recur when her permanent teeth grow in?

The anterior primary teeth (front baby teeth) are always smaller than the permanent successors so good likelihood the spaces will go away. The exception might be if the top two READ MORE
The anterior primary teeth (front baby teeth) are always smaller than the permanent successors so good likelihood the spaces will go away. The exception might be if the top two middle teeth have a large thick frenum between them (the gum 'meat') or if there is a family history of diastema (spaces)

As an aside, the posterior permanent teeth tend to be slightly smaller in dimension....

When should a child start brushing his own teeth?

the longer a parent or care giver can participate and share the tooth brushing responsibilities the better off the child will be in the long run. ideally you want to establish READ MORE
the longer a parent or care giver can participate and share the tooth
brushing responsibilities the better off the child will be in the long
run. ideally you want to establish good habits as early as possible and
that includes brushing after, at the very least, breakfast and dinner. a
child can begin to share the brushing routine and be given more
responsibility by the time they can handle a fork and knife by
themselves. this exhibits good manual dexterity and therefore competency
to brush properly. getting them to stay in there long enough (at least 2
minutes) is another story ;))