Family Dentistry

A Gentle, Reliable Family Dentist in Valley Cottage

Valley Cottage dentist Robert Gabrielle, D.M.D. is your top choice if you're looking for a friendly and caring team of professionals caring for your family's dental needs. At Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC, we have the training and experience that you can trust to provide quality dental care for everyone in your family.

We're dedicated to family dentistry. Each member of our highly-skilled staff is here to help you get the dental care you deserve, from the first toddler appointment through a conversation about dentures.

Don't wait any longer to meet a trusted Valley Cottage dentist for your family? Call Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC at (855) 536-0314 or complete our simple online form to schedule a consultation. We're dedicated to providing you with affordable, top-quality dental care. 

When should my child see Dr. Gabrielle for the first time? 

At Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC in Valley Cottage, this is one of the most common questions we hear. While it’s really never too early, most children should have their initial appointment by around their first birthday.

A good rule of thumb is that when your baby’s first tooth appears, you should call to schedule an appointment. No, there’s not a lot of cleaning to be done yet, but the dental professionals at Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC can provide excellent advice about keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy from the very beginning. Preventative care will protect your baby’s smile now and in the future.

Sealants work to prevent dental decay in Valley Cottage area kids

Regular brushing and flossing lowers your child's chances of developing cavities. But kids aren’t known for their dedication to brushing and flossing, and that can lead to cavities. Fortunately, family dentist Dr. Robert Gabrielle in Valley Cottage, NY can help prevent cavities in your children’s teeth with the use of a sealant.

The grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are the most prone to decay, so it’s those surfaces that require further preventive care. At Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC, Dr. Gabrielle can apply a plastic-like coating called a “sealant” to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant is essentially painted onto the teeth, which means it’s quick, easy, and painless for your kids.

Studies have shown that sealants can reduce tooth decay by as much as 100 percent, so it’s no wonder that that the American Dental Association recommends sealants as soon as the first adult back teeth come in at age 6 or 7. Dr. Gabrielle will continue to apply a sealant as each back tooth comes in, up until about age 13, when most kids have gotten all of their adult molars.

Plaque, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss


Plaque strikes people in the Valley Cottage area at all stages of life: from the youngest child through the elderly population. And as a family dentist, Dr. Robert Gabrielle of Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC can help patients of all ages by removing the build-up of plaque that accumulates between dental visits.

You can help reduce the accumulation of plaque if you brush and floss regularly. When this soft, sticky layer of bacteria is allowed to build up, it can have serious consequences for your teeth. Dr. Gabrielle is dedicated to educating the Valley Cottage area about the danger of plaque build-up leading to gum disease.

Avoiding the dentist can allow dental problems such as this to compound, leading to tooth loss. A missing tooth is not only unattractive, but it can cause structural problems in your mouth.

Some patients assume that as long as they’re still able to eat without their missing tooth, that there’s no problem. Dr. Gabrielle helps patients understand that just one missing tooth can lead to other oral difficulties. The remaining teeth may begin to drift into the empty space, causing a change in way you bite or chew. It also forces the remaining teeth to carry an additional load, and you may begin to experience pain when you’re eating—or even when you aren’t.

Our goal at Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC is to help you enjoy the best oral health possible, whether that’s simply removing plaque during a regular dental appointment or more advanced solutions such as replacing one or more missing teeth. Count on Dr. Gabrielle to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Avoid a Dental Crisis With Regular Visits to Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC


Fear keeps many people in the Valley Cottage area away from regular dental visits, but it’s not always the fear of pain—it’s also the fear of “wasting” time and money when they don’t believe there’s a problem. These patients believe in “crisis treatment” rather than “preventive treatment.” But which of those sounds less painful and expensive?

At Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC in Valley Cottage, NY, our patients know that regular visits save them unnecessary pain, expense, and time. Filling a simple cavity is a quick, easy process—unlike the complex procedures required when cavities and tooth neglect turn into dental disease. Just because nothing hurts doesn’t mean that everything is okay with your teeth. Only regular exams with Dr. Robert Gabrielle can detect problems when they’re still small—or prevent them from occurring at all.

Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until a problem reaches advanced stages, when they require a big commitment of time and money. A great example is tooth decay, which doesn’t cause pain until it’s advanced enough to get close to the nerve. At that point, a root canal and crown are usually necessary, instead of a small filling. But family dentist Dr. Gabrielle has the experience to detect a cavity three to four years before it develops symptoms. Now that’s preventive care!

How your diet affects your dental health


Most people in the Valley Cottage area know that a proper diet throughout your lifetime is important in maintaining good health. But you may not know how much your diet affects your dental health as well. For example, a diet low in certain nutrients can reduce your resistance to oral infections, possibly contributing to periodontal disease (gum disease) and decay.

Dr. Gabrielle and his professional staff can help you understand the role your diet plays in maintaining good oral health and how your immune system can control periodontal disease. And the earlier you implement these tips, the healthier your teeth will be over your lifetime. Information from Dr. Gabrielle can help protect babies and young children from early decay, saving them trauma and you money.

A balanced diet and effective brushing and flossing can reduce or prevent the risk of many dental diseases. For more information about how your diet and oral hygiene affect your dental health, or to make an appointment with Dr. Gabrielle, call Robert K Gabrielle Jr DMD PC today at (855) 536-0314.