FAQ's

Distinctive Dental Services of New York PC Long Island

Informative Facts Concerning Our
Dental Services

Do you have questions about the dental services that we offer?

Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office if you need additional information. We are always pleased to assist you.


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When should my child first see a dentist?

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday. As dental problems can start early, the earlier the dental visit the better.

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How often should my child or I see the dentist?

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children and adults. However, some children and adults require more frequent visits due to increased risk of tooth decay or a need for more frequent dental cleanings due to braces, poor oral hygiene and increased risk of periodontal disease. Your dentist will evaluate you or your child's specific needs and recommend a dental prevention regimen.

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What are tooth sealants? How long do they last?

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A tooth sealant is a hardened plastic material that helps protect the grooves and pits on the chewing surface of the teeth from getting decayed. Tooth sealants can last anywhere from one to five years depending on the patient's eating habits. Avoidance of sticky, sugary foods, which can "pull" at the sealants will help them last longer.

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What is nitrous oxide? Is nitrous oxide dentistry safe?

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Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. When it is inhaled, it has a calming effect on the patient. The relaxed state it produces in the patient allows him to respond more favorably to treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is very safe. You or your child remain fully awake and alert and can respond easily to stimuli. It is eliminated quickly from the body with normal breathing.

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Why fill a baby tooth if it will only fall out eventually?

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A baby tooth saves space for the permanent teeth and helps guide them into position. If the baby tooth is lost too soon due to decay or trauma, the teeth beside it may tilt or shift into the empty space. Permanent teeth will not have room to come in properly, creating a crowded condition or crooked teeth. This condition can lead to extensive and costly orthodontic treatment if a space maintainer is not put in to hold the space. It is less expensive to restore a tooth than replace it with a space maintainer. Remember: some baby teeth do not typically fall out until the child is 10-12 years old.

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What type of sterilization techniques does your office practice?

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Our philosophy is to use as many disposable items as possible. Prophy cups, water sprayers, suction tips and the like are single-use only and thrown out after each patient. The chair and other areas in the treatment room are cleaned with a sterilant/disinfectant that kills bacteria and viruses. All items that cannot be disposed of, such as handpieces and instruments are rinsed, scrubbed with a brush and placed in an ultrasonic cleaner to remove debris. After the debris has been removed, they are placed in one of our two steam autoclaves that sterilize using extremely high temperatures and pressure. We also use a gas (ethylene oxide) sterilizer for items that cannot be sterilized with heat (i.e. plastic instruments, rubber items, and the like.)

Meet Our Dentists

Our pediatric dentists, general dentists and anesthesiologists are fully trained and experienced to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentists
Dr. Mary George
Dr. Gina Sajnani
Board Certified Dentist Anesthesiologist
Dr. Ralph Epstein

Locate our office

Distinctive Dental Services of New York 173 East Shore Road, Suite 201
Great Neck, New York 11023
Tel: 516.487.8110 Maps & Directions » Contact Us