A child should have their first visit between the ages of one and two-years. This visit is low-key. It is meant to introduce the parent and child to the dentist, staff and the dental environment. We go with what the child is comfortable with doing. WE try to build their knowledge and confidence in us and what we do. Each successive visit the child will become more and more familiar and at ease with going to the dentist. We want them to look forward to going to the dentist, that we are friends and have zero fear. We share proper diet and dental hygiene tips to help your kids have healthy teeth.
Each six-months is a great interval to see us so that we can keep on top of things. A thorough cleaning is accomplished each time. Dental x-rays are taken every other visit. We use digital radiography, which is best. We have a large viewing screen for you to see the details of your child’s teeth. It’s really cool! An orthodontic evaluation is also accomplished. An accurate diagnosis is made and a conservative treatment plan is suggested. We make your dollars stretch by doing only the dental work that is necessary. We reinforce a good diet, brushing and flossing habits to maintain a happy and healthy mouth.
Our society has an abundant supply of sugar. Please avoid sugary drinks. Water, milk and sugar-free drinks are your teeth’s best friends. Crackers, chips, nuts, cheese, yogurt and veggies are the best snacks. If your child can eat fresh broccoli, cauliflower, or a carrot, it is as good as brushing! Try and avoid candy and sugary cereals as much as you can, too….sorry. Cavities form when a weakened speck on the tooth colonizes more and more bacteria which love sugar. These bacteria release acidic by-products from their metabolism that weakens and makes that spot on the tooth become rotten and decayed. Good brushing and flossing get rid of the bacteria and a healthy diet limits the bacteria’s energy supply. This keeps the enamel strong and much more resistant to decay.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dental sealants fill in the crevices of the chewing surfaces of the molar teeth. Sealants are white and made of a super durable composite. They release fluoride and seal and strengthen the teeth against decay. They are not toxic in any way to the human system. In our clinic, we push dental sealants because we are preventative minded. Dental sealants are 78% effective in preventing tooth decay. But, please still brush and floss diligently.
Even with our best efforts, cavities can happen. For smaller cavities, we do fillings. We only use white composite for our fillings. If a cavity is really big, it may need more extensive treatment like a pulpotomy. This is like a baby tooth root canal. Then, a larger filling is placed in the tooth or possibly a crown. We strive to treat each situation with the very best and most wise solution. We do excellent dental work in a kind, gentle and professional way. We care about your child and will communicate closely with you about their dental needs and your options.
We believe in the parent knowing everything that is going to be done. This includes the financial arrangements; the details of the dental treatment plan for your child; and how we are going to accomplish the dental work that your child needs. Concerning your child, we communicate clearly and kindly during the dental appointment all of the things that we do. No surprises! And, we make sure that they are comfortable and not in any pain. Our primary goal is to make everyone happy with their experience.
A very young child is most-likely going to not be able to endure dental procedures. A fearful, nervous patient likewise will struggle. If your child is especially young or nervous, we can handle that. First, painless injections and excellent pain control is a must, and we are great at that. We use the smallest needles, the kindest touch, and the strongest local anesthetics. For a really young or anxious child we can use conscious sedation with nitrous oxide, or a stronger sedation with an oral medication. We have an effective and safe routine. For extreme cases we can do the dental work under general anesthesia in the surgical center. Each child is unique. One main goal is to help your child to be at ease in going to the dentist.
One emergency that can happen is if a baby or permanent front tooth is knocked completely out. You must rinse it off with milk and place it back just how it was in the mouth. Gently push it in and keep gentle pressure on it for 2 hours. And, gentle pressure at intervals to keep it in the tooth socket. If you are close to a dentist that can see him or her immediately, place the tooth in a cup of milk and head to the dentist. For dental swellings of the face, use ice and never heat and call us quickly. Chipped teeth also need to be promptly seen at our clinic. If any head trauma or other severe injuries have occurred, go to the ER immediately. Call us at the office or cell to be seen immediately, or to receive a prescription and advice.