We work with parents to promote a positive and fun experience at the dentist, creating a sense of comfortthat helps children avoid feeling apprehensive. It’s important to introduce your children to the dentist early in life so they become accustomed to the procedures that will protect their oral health through adulthood. It’s also important to teach youngsters how to take care of their own teeth properly so that they can avoid future problems.
We start children off right with these services:
Tooth decay is the most chronic disease among children ages 5 to 17 so regular check-ups are essential. A child’s first dental checkup should be done at age 3. But if you notice any dark spots on the teeth or any swelling in the mouth, bring them to the dentist earlier. As your child grows we will monitor the transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth and quickly correct problems before there is any permanent damage.
Children in particular need a thorough cleaning as part of each check-up because baby teeth are more difficult to brush, making it easier for cavities to form. We carefully polish away any plaque and stain, then gently remove any tartar. Educating children about the importance of their teeth and encouraging good home care habits early on will lead to a life-long healthy smile.
Not all dental problems are visible to the naked eye so taking regular X-rays of your children’s teeth is crucial. These can help us diagnose decay, cracks, infections and other problems. We recommend having X-rays taken every 12 to 18 months to detect problems early, which allows for more conservative treatment options.
Our digital equipment reduces radiation exposure by 90% compared to traditional X-rays.
Teaching children how to take care of their own teeth helps them optimize their oral health throughout life. We teach them that brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, preferably with an electric toothbrush, removes bacteria. We show them how flossing daily prevents the plaque from hardening into tartar, which can cause gum and bone problems.
Applying a plastic coating to vulnerable teeth is very effective in blocking the bacteria-laden plaque that is the primary cause of cavities. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and are especially recommended for children ages 6 to 12 with newly formed permanent teeth.
We fit boys and girls involved in sports and other physical activities with plastic mouth guards to protect their teeth, jaw, lips and tongue from injuries. Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth if they’re not wearing a sports guard.