We are devoted to providing a positive and fun dental experience for your child. Taking your child to the dentist as early as possible will make you child more comfortable in the dental environment and ease dental anxiety. We start seeing children as young as 6 months up to adulthood. According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay (cavities) is the number one most commonly occurring infectious disease among children. Tooth decay is not a trivial matter, 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. Brushing and flossing at home will not be enough, your child will need a check-up and a professional cleaning every six months in order to prevent tooth decay.
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All new children will be scheduled a dental consultation with the doctor for their first visit. This consultation includes the oral exam, radiographs (usually starting at age 4-5), intra-oral images, and a caries risk assessment. A treatment plan that is tailored to your child’s needs and designed to prevent small issues from getting bigger and more expensive will be presented to you. The doctor will clean your child’s teeth thoroughly getting around the gumline and hard-to-reach places between the teeth to remove plaque build up. Our staff will demonstrate the proper way of brushing and flossing at home and will go over nutritional counseling for the prevention of cavities to you and your child. We recommend parents assist children with home hygiene care up to the age of 12 years-old.
Here at the office, we use digital dental radiographs help detect, diagnose, treat, and monitor oral conditions and diseases. We also take intraoral images as a diagnostic tool in conjunction with our X-rays. They obtain clear, accurate images of your child's teeth so both you and your child can see pathology or any areas with heavy plaque build up. With the intraoral photos, you will have a much clearer, more detailed picture of your child's dental health.
Dental sealant is a thin, protective coating that is applied to the deep grooves of your child's chewing teeth to seal them and protect them from plaque and acids. They are typically applied preventatively to reduce or eliminate tooth decay. Sealants typically last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Applying a fluoride treatment to the teeth strengthens them because fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralization as well as help with tooth sensitivity. In most cases, the dentist will recommend a fluoride treatment after your child’s cleaning as well as a fluoride toothpaste for using at home
Composite fillings match the shade of your child’s natural teeth and are used to restore teeth that have cavities or that have been chipped. Composite fillings work in the same way amalgam (sliver colored) fillings do, so they are effective for restoring teeth that have suffered from fracture or decay. However, unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are not made of metals and are mercury-free. In our office, we only use composite fillings to restore teeth.
When a baby tooth is extensively decayed, we recommend restoring the tooth with a stainless steel crown. After removing the decay, our dentist will fit and cement a prefabricated crown made of stainless steel over the tooth. If the pulp of the tooth is involved, our dentist may also need to perform pulpal therapy before placing the crown.