Preventive Care Specialist

Suzanne Grady, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentist

Open Sesame Dentistry

Suzanne Grady, DDS

Pediatric Dentist & Special Needs Dentist located in Lincoln Square, New York, NY

About 20% of children under age five have tooth decay. Between the ages of 6-11, it rises to 50% and continues to increase. Of course, you don’t want your child to be a part of these statistics. That’s where preventive care at Open Sesame Dentistry, located in the Lincoln Square area in Manhattan, comes in. Suzanne Grady, DDS, and the talented team of child-friendly experts welcome kids of all ages in their New York City office. Click the online scheduling tool or call the office for an appointment.

Preventive Care Q&A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care focuses on avoiding dental problems rather than waiting for them to happen. Essentially, preventive care means taking proactive steps today to prevent oral health problems as your child grows. That starts with regular visits to Open Sesame Dentistry. 

During your visits, Dr. Grady and the team carefully tailor specific solutions to help your child avoid gum disease, tooth decay, and the complications that can go along with them.

How often does my child need preventive care dentistry?

Schedule your child's first infant oral care appointment when their first tooth breaks through the gums or when they turn one, whichever comes first. After that, Open Sesame Dentistry recommends that children have teeth cleaning and oral health checkups every six months.

Teeth cleaning

During teeth cleaning, your child's caring dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from their teeth. That can prevent bacteria from causing cavities. 


During checkups, Dr. Grady evaluates your child's teeth, gums, jaw, and general oral health to identify problems before they become serious. Then, your child can start preventive treatments and avoid complications. 

Open Sesame Dentistry offers a variety of dental care services according to your child’s unique needs.

What other preventive care pediatric services are available?

Along with regular checkups and teeth cleaning, Open Sesame Dentistry offers:

Dental sealants

Dental sealants are a tough coating applied to your child's molars. Children often can't reach molars as well as the front teeth while brushing and flossing, so sealants add a layer of protection.

Cavity treatments 

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is an antimicrobial liquid that can stop tooth decay with no drilling required. Dr. Grady brushes SDF on, and it prevents cavity progression while protecting your child's tooth. 

If your child has a significant cavity that SDF can't treat, for example, a cavity in an adult tooth, white (tooth-colored) fillings are also available. Nitrous oxide sedation is available for special needs and anxious children.

Oral health education

Through oral health education, you and your child can learn how to practice good oral health at home. Dr. Grady and the Open Sesame Dentistry team can teach brushing routines, proper flossing techniques, optimal nutritional habits, and everything else you need to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy. 

Orthodontic treatment planning

Your child's baby teeth plot the course for their adult teeth later, meaning that Dr. Grady can predict whether your child will need orthodontic treatment while they're still young. In many cases, early orthodontic treatment planning can greatly lessen the amount of orthodontia your child needs later.

Habit correction

If your child thrusts their tongue, clenches their teeth, or has other harmful habits, they may need myofunctional therapy or another specialized treatment.

Open Sesame Dentistry takes pride in personalized care, so the team offers individualized counseling and support for other oral health needs.

To prevent problems and maintain optimal oral health, your family can trust Open Sesame Dentistry. Call the office and speak with a helpful staff member or click the scheduling tool.