This visit is the first step in a lifetime of good oral health, and we strive to make that first experience positive and fun.
Our pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers who treat children from infancy through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
Our first line of defense is to prevent dental problems in children whenever possible. As a parent, we understand that you also would rather prevent dental problems in your children than have them undergo treatment to address a problem. We offer a variety of treatments designed to keep teeth and gums healthy and prevent decay.
- Fluoride – Inhibits the demineralization of healthy enamel and enhances the re- mineralization of demineralized enamel. Topical treatments help decrease the chance of tooth decay in children who are at risk.
- Dental sealants – Toothbrushes can’t get into the fine grooves and pits of the molars’ biting surfaces to clean away all food and plaque. Sealants create a shield to protect those surfaces from cavities.
- Counseling on healthy nutritional and dietary habits.
- Proper brushing and flossing instruction.
- Guidance of erupting teeth – directing tooth eruption can improve orthodontic treatment results and can eliminate the need for tooth extraction or more serious orthodontic treatment when your child is older.
Custom Athletic Mouth Guards
We fabricate custom made athletic mouth guards for our patients. A custom fitted mouth guard will allow the child to breathe and speak easily, thus enabling them to wear it more to prevent injury and concussion.
X-rays are useful diagnostic tools that we recommend once a child reaches age 4. We take four X-rays to view all areas of the mouth.
We take the following precautions to minimize radiation exposure:
- We use digital equipment exclusively.
- Patients wear a lead apron with a thyroid collar.
- Sensors are used, which require about 1/10 of the radiation dose required for film.
- A minimum number of X-rays are taken.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends X-rays based on the cavity risk level of the child, ranging between every 6 months to every 24 months.