Some young patients fear going to the dentist. They may have heard that the dental office is unpleasant or scary, leading to stress and anxiety. We do everything in our power to disprove that worry. Our offices have been designed for patient comfort, including televisions in the exam areas and play areas where the children and their siblings can enjoy themselves. Before we start any procedure, we talk with our patients about what is going to happen and reassure them that there will be absolutely no pain.
Tooth cleaning and polishing and fluoride treatments are all part of your child’s prevention program. However there is much more. Your pediatric dentist is uniquely trained to develop a combination office and home preventive care to insure your child a happy smile.
Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is absorbed into structures such as bones and teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free.
We typically recommend taking dental films around two to three years of age. Dental films help us make sure your child’s teeth and jaw are healthy and properly aligned.
A space maintainer is a simple appliance placed to hold the space for a permanent tooth if the baby tooth was to exfoliate prematurely.
Nitrous oxide and outpatient General Anesthesia are safe, effective sedative agents used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some need more frequent dental visits because of increased tooth decay, usual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.
Your child should visit a pediatric dentist 6 months after the first tooth comes in, usually around 1 year of age. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventative care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Most children need to see an orthodontist by the age of 7, but in some cases, your child may not start any orthodontic treatment until much later. For children who are at least 14 years old, there is an alternative to traditional metal braces that may be more appealing - for you as a parent and for your teen. Learn more.