Kid Friendly Dentist

Hackensack, NJ

We are a Kids Friendly Dental office in Hackensack NJ

As a kid friendly dentist in Hackensack we treat toddlers, young children including preschooler and elementary age children as well as teenagers. We realize that a lot of parents do not bring their child to the dentist until they are much older. This, however, is a mistake. Children has most propensity to develop caries and decay and most insurance covers kids routine dental checkup, dental cleaning as well as dental sealants with little or no out of pocket cost. Understand that your child will develop cavities as young as their toddler years and visiting our kid friendly dentist office is one way to help prevent them.

Tooth Decay a major cause of concern.

As a parent, we all want the best for our child. Most of us are unware of how oral health and dental care can prevent dental issues at an early age. According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay (cavities) is the number one most commonly occurring infectious disease among children. This leads to children experiencing toothaches in high numbers, missing days from school, and experiencing overall discomfort.

Tooth decay is not a trivial thing, but a condition that can create significant discomfort for your child and even make it difficult for them to eat, speak clearly, and engage in normal daily activities. If you live in the Hackensack area and you think that this will not happen to your child the data is perhaps disagreeing with you. as most kids will develop cavities. Brushing and flossing at home will help, but it is not enough. You need to bring your child to our kid friendly dentist office twice a year so that we can examine and clean their teeth. By doing this, we will be able to remove the plaque and bacteria that can lead to cavities in the first place.

How to prevent Cavities among Pediatric Dental patients?

As a kid friendly dentist office in Hackensack, we are focused on preventative care. Preventative treatments include, keeping your teeth cleaning. Its recommended that you make your kids brush twice a day and keep their teeth clean. It is far better for your child to visit us for a regular teeth cleaning than to only see us only when they are having an unbearable toothache. In addition to cleaning their teeth, another preventative dental treatment is dental sealant. Many children have deep ridges in their teeth. When they bite down and chew food, bacteria, food particles, and plaque can become trapped in those ridges and eventually they will create tooth decay. These areas are particularly difficult to clean with a toothbrush alone, so even the most fastidious of parents may find it challenging to keep cavities at bay. By using dental sealant, a protective layer is placed onto the teeth so that nothing can get stuck in these ridges. The procedure is painless and fast since all we need to do is brush the sealant onto the teeth and allow it to harden. Read more about Dental Sealant here

What is Dental fluoride treatment?

Dental fluoride is a strong mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. Kids are at high risk of developing cavities and dental fluoride is especially helpful. When you visit us for your routine pediatric dental checkup, ask us for flouride treatment. Most insurance will cover flouride treatment for children at little to no out of pocket cost. If you live in the Hackensack area, we invite you to schedule a dental exam by calling 201 778 0225 .Dr Kathawala routinely see kids and 40% of her patient population is pediatric dental patient.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Kids Friendly Dentist

As patients and parents of young kids you have plenty of choices. We pride our selves in being the most kid friendly dentist in the Hackensack NJ area because we specialize in pediatric dentistry. Dr Kathawala has the patience and engagement skills to get your kids to cooperate. In many dental clinics you will be rushed. Unlike other dental clinics in Hackensack, there is never a rush. Dr Samina will spend ample time to do a thorough exam and will advise and educate you on what your kid needs. So if you are looking for a kids friendly dentist, we recommend you look for the patience that the dentist have in taking care of your child, secondly see if the dentist is able to calm your kids anxiety. Thirdly see that you have no unexpected out of pocket cost or a surprise bill after the visit.

Overtime the fluoride that was applied will wash away. Therefore its recommended that on all your routine dental visit have the flouride reapplied. Most insurance plans cover flouride treatment every six month or twelve month, with little or no out of pocket cost, because its a recommended preventative treatment per the ADA.

Usually most insurance plans will cover your routine dental checkup at 100% with a deductible. Therefore if you have insurance then there may be little or no out of pocket cost. Actually most insurance companies encourage their patients to go see a dentist every six months, as early detection of any issue will largely be taken care of much easily. If you do not routinely see a dentist then most likely you will end up in a dental emergency and then it is usually too late to save your tooth and the cost will always be much higher.

Dental Cavities

Dental cavities are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.

Root Canal

Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it.

Hackensack Dentist

A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.

Dental Occlusion

Occlusion describes the mandibular and maxillary rows of teeth meeting when the patient bites down. If a patient does not have a healthy bite, they are struggling with malocclusion.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Smile Makeover is usually a cosmetic procedure which will rejuvenate your smile and build up your confidence.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a solution of plastic material that we apply to the crown of the tooth to protect the areas within the ridges of teeth from infection.

Dental Checkup

A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office. Read more about it here.


Etchant is a gentle acid to treat the surface of a specific tooth to help the filling material stick to the tooth.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnancy gingivitis is gingivitis that results from the common change in hormones during pregnancy that increases blood flow to the gum tissue, increasing sensitivity, irritability and swelling in the gums.


A dental abscess is a pocket of pus the forms in the tooth root from a bacterial infection.

Irreversible Pulpitis

Irreversible pulpitis is when the pain in the tooth occurs spontaneously or continues to hurt even after the stimulus is removed such as hot or cold substance that was causing pain. Normal pulpitis will cease hurting directly after removing what is causing the pain.

Dental Cleaning

A dental Prophy or cleaning is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth. Read more about it here.

Lateral Luxation

Lateral luxation is the displacement of a tooth that moves it in the wrong direction while it is still attached to the gums.

Tooth Fracture

A tooth fracture can result from multiple sources including an accidental blow to the face during a sports game, biting on something really hard, falling face first. It’s recommended that you see your dentist soon after a dental fracture. Dental Fractures may be quite painful.

Chipped Tooth

Usually after any sports injury or an accident or blow to your teeth, your teeth may split. This condition is usually referred to as chipped tooth.

For appointment’s please call 201 778 0225