New York Times Article – Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities

The doctors and staff at KCDH are getting ready for a busy Summer season. Following the recent NY Times article Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities  , Published March 6, 2012we have seen a surge of new patients presenting in with “emergency checkups.”  The article quotes Dr. Berg stating: “Dental decay often starts with a dull ache that may be mistaken for teething. That is why parents do not realize their child’s teeth are infected until they break or the pain becomes so acute that the child cannot sleep.”At KCDH, our favorite method of practice is preventive dentistry. That means we recommend seeing your young ones as early as possible. We even make those first few visits before two years complimentary to our patients. Our mission is to make you trust KCDH to become your children’s new Dental Home.   To the parents of children who are referred to us by your own dentist, due to your child’s inability to tolerate extensive dental treatment, you are not alone!  The NY Times article went on to say that “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase, the first in 40 years, in the number of preschoolers with cavities…dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income level with 6 to 10 cavities or more. The level of decay…is so severe that they often recommend using general anesthesia because young children are unlikely to sit through such extensive procedures while they are awake.”Serving as Chiefand Senior Attending of Pediatric Dental Medicineat St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, and having performed thousand of successful oral and dental surgical procedures under general anesthesia, Dr. Kaufman is recognized by his peers as one of the most experienced pediatric dental rehabilitation surgeons in the country.We are proud that our Brooklyn office is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)  for providing sedation and general anesthesia for dental treatment. If you’re a worried parent (we all are), you will also be happy to hear that Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Tsemekhin, our board certified anesthesiologist, have worked together for over a decade in several New York hospitals before joining forces to provide the services in a private facility. After working for so long together, and with the help of the devoted staff, they are able to minimize the amount of medication provided to your child, so that they have a comfortable and pleasant time while getting their dental treatment done; and at the same time, they are able to leave shortly after the procedure is over, and spend the rest of the day resting at home.

At Kaufman’s Children’s Dental Hospital we are concerned about your child’s total health care. Our team approach focuses on prevention, early detection, and treatment in the most caring and gentle way. Pleasant visits to the dentist promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and to teach them how to take care of their teeth at home.

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