Answers to Your Dental Questions

My oral health routine could be improved, but I don’t know what to do

Staten Island preventive dentistry at AK Dental Arts for preventative dental care and improved oral health.

Please visit our Care for Your Smile page and the following sections of our website for preventive dental care and oral health advice:

Dental Cleanings & Checkups

Periodic checkups, cleanings and x-rays can help spot problems early, avoid costly and time-consuming treatment and maintain your dental health and smile.
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Avoiding Gum Disease

You can help to prevent gum disease and improve your oral health by removing plaque through twice-a-day brushing, daily flossing and professional cleaning. If you have special needs, we can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your needs.
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Bad Breath
Staten Island Children's Dentist at AK Dental Arts in Staten Island NY - learning effective oral health routines at a young age help children have healthy teeth.

Following a few simple solutions to bad breath may address the problem.
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Children’s Preventive Dentistry

Our practice is based on preventive care, and we teach good oral care that will enable your child to have a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Many children learn their best oral hygiene habits here, including brushing, flossing, and feeling comfortable in a dentist’s office. We provide fun facts and good oral health behaviors in a way that children understand and remember.
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Care for Your Smile

Taking care of your smile is an investment in your comfort, your confidence and your health.
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Schedule a free consultation with the dentists at AK Dental Arts and find out your best options for a healthy, beautiful smile.
Make an appointment online or call us today at 718-448-3366.

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Should I bring my child to a general dentist or a pediatric dentist (pedodontist)?

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As a general rule, a child should first see a dentist, either a family dentist or a pediatric dentist, by the time they are 3 years old. The first introductory visit ( about age 2 1/2 ) is important.

There are exceptions when the child should come earlier:

  • When there are dental caries (cavities),
  • Abnormal growth and development,
  • Facial injuries, or
  • Just plain concern on the part of the parent.
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Preventive vs. Emergency Dental Care

No Insurance Coverage?

The change in the economy over the past several years have caused many patients to loose their dental benefits, or to have them substantially reduced. This has led to a spiral of “not coming in because I don’t have dental insurance.” This is the worst thing a person can do in terms of dental health and saving money.

Finding Dental Problems Early: Save Money, Save Time, Save Discomfort

Finding problems when they are still small and manageable is not only simpler for the dentist, but also more economical for the patient. Putting off a dental appointment due to no insurance coverage or poor coverage leaves you open to abscesses, periodontal disease, advancing cavities, suffering and increased future costs.