Pediatric dentistry is a specialized area of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents. We pride ourselves on our gentle care and consideration of our younger patients.
If you have children, it’s important to schedule regular visits with our dental team. During their dental visits, your child will receive a professional cleaning and exam, just like you, to make sure that their teeth are healthy and strong.
Routine dental care for kids helps prevent cavities and tooth decay, which also prevents damage to their developing permanent teeth. It is also important for them to learn about proper oral hygiene so they can develop good habits early in life. We can educate kids on everything from brushing their teeth properly with fluoride toothpaste to flossing every evening before bedtime.
Our Pediatric Routine Care Includes:
> Comprehensive Exams
We believe that early detection of dental problems is important to your child’s overall health. A comprehensive examination is an excellent way to catch any oral health issues before they become serious.
> Routine Dental Cleanings
A dental cleaning is a preventative procedure that removes plaque and tartar from your teeth. The purpose of a dental cleaning is to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
> Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
We understand that taking your kids to the dentist can be stressful, but we’re here to help! Digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional film-based dental x-rays, which means they are safer for your family.
Fluoride varnish is a clear, sticky substance that is painted onto the teeth. It contains a high concentration of fluoride, which helps strengthen the enamel of the teeth and prevents tooth decay, as well as slows it down if it is already present.
Fluoride varnish can be used to treat mild dental cavities in children and adolescents. For best results, you will need to regularly brush your child’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This should be done twice daily: once after breakfast and before bedtime at night.
Dental sealants are a thin resin coating applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. They’re designed to protect teeth from decay and staining by covering the grooves and pits in tooth enamel, where food and plaque get trapped. When left untreated, these areas can cause decay to occur beneath the surface of your child’s teeth.
Dental sealants work best when applied to permanent molars (the back four teeth) before they erupt into the mouth (around age 6). However, they are also applied on baby molars if any other risk factors for decay exist for your family.
Thumb sucking is normal behavior for infants and young children. As they grow older, however, thumb sucking can cause dental complications by causing the front teeth to flare out and changing the bony shape of the roof of the mouth. Due to this, It can also lead to speech, sleep, and social difficulties in children as they grow up.
It’s important to know that thumb-sucking isn’t always just a phase that will go away on its own without any intervention. If a child is still sucking their thumb after the age of 4 or 5 years old, treatment may be necessary to stop the habit before it causes lasting damage to their teeth and gums or other issues down the road.
If your child needs a filling, a metal-free material is used for a better esthetic result. The material is a tooth-colored resin that will remain durable for many years – as long as they maintain those good tooth brushing and flossing skills that our dental team teaches them!
Our team is happy to discuss your options with you before any procedures take place, so you can make an informed decision about how best to proceed with your dental care.