Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
We believe that pediatric dental visits should be lighthearted and fun, never something to fear. Your child's first experiences in the dental office should be as comfortable as possible so that the groundwork is laid for receiving dental care into their adulthood.
Here are just a few of the services that we offer for our youngest patients:
Cleanings and Exams
The best way to prevent costly and complicated dental work is to bring your child in regularly for pediatric cleanings and exams. This helps to ensure that their teeth remain strong and healthy. We can also provide them with the education and tools to help make brushing and flossing a regular habit that sticks with them throughout their adult life.
Children typically have a minimum of two annual cleanings, but those at a greater risk of developing tooth decay may require more frequent appointments.
During an exam and cleaning, your child's dental hygienist will examine their teeth and clean them. X-rays may be taken, and they may receive a fluoride treatment. A dental exam will also be conducted to determine if any treatment is required.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that infants take part in their first dental exam between the time that they are six months old to one year old. We will go over proper diets for healthy oral care, age-appropriate dental care at home, and ensure that proper pacifier use is maintained so that your child's teeth and mouth remain strong and healthy.
On Dental Anxiety
Some children have had a past negative experience with their dentist. Or they may be too young to fully realize that they require dental treatment. If this is the case with your child, no worries. We provide a variety of sedation options to ensure that they are fully relaxed and comfortable so that the process goes easier for everyone involved.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, may be provided in some cases. Nitrous oxide is an extremely safe and odorless gas that is combined with oxygen for delivery using a small mask over the nose. Your child will be able to breathe without assistance and remain awake for the entire time. After their treatment is complete, we will remove their mask, and the nitrous oxide will have completely left their system within the next few breaths.
Pediatric Dental Sealants
The back molars have pits and crevices on their upper surfaces. These grooves are extremely vulnerable to bacteria that can accumulate when food debris becomes trapped there. Even though routine brushing helps, even the most careful efforts can sometimes leave behind food that remains stuck on the surface of the teeth.
Dental sealants are a thin coat of material that we place onto the surface of the molars to prevent tooth decay. The material is a clear or thin, white resin liquid applied with the use of a small brush. After application, the sealant bonds firmly to the teeth and is dried using a special light. This leaves behind a strong layer of protection. In fact, pediatric dental sealants lower the odds that your child will develop cavities by 80%, according to the American Dental Association.