Cleanings and Prevention
Dental caries (the scientific term for tooth decay or cavities) is the most prevalent disease in children, affecting up to 56% of children aged 6–8 years old. Luckily, preventative measures that begin early in life have been shown to greatly reduce the number of cavities in children. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children have their first dental visit by their first birthday or their first tooth coming in, whichever comes first! After your initial visit, we will determine the next steps to help your children prevent cavities and to build healthy oral hygiene habits. We will talk about proper brushing, flossing, diet, fluoride usage, and much more.
Our digital office also includes digital radiographs as our primary imaging method. Using state-of-the-art technology, this means that our office is able to minimize each radiation exposure to your children. We follow the practice mandate, ALARA, which holds the principle of keeping radiation for patients and staff "As Low as Reasonably Achievable."
Sometimes, we may find cavities in your child's teeth. We work with you and your child to find the best way to comfortably restore the cavities and ensure they love returning to the dentist's office. With our specialized dentist and assistants, local anesthesia (numbing juice), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and other techniques, we can make each appointment better than the last!
White Crown Examples:
For years, stainless steel crowns have been, and continue to be, the standard of care for badly decayed primary teeth. Fortunately, with recent advances in ceramics technology many children now have another option! Our office is proud to offer white zirconia crowns, the number one choice in metal free aesthetic pediatric crowns world-wide.
Our office has been specially trained here to provide white crowns to restore your child’s smile back to its natural beauty, both for teeth in the front and back of your child's mouth. From a single tooth, to situations where many teeth are badly decayed, zirconia crowns may be an excellent long-term treatment option to restore oral health and wellness.
Ask our office today to see if zirconia crowns are an option for your child.
Occasionally, we find that a child has treatment needs that may require numerous and extensive appointments. In order to preserve their psyche and provide the highest quality and longest lasting restorations, we often utilize a medical anesthesiologist to provide general anesthesia while we fix all the cavities in one visit. During that visit, the idea is that your child will remain completely asleep and wake up with all of their cavities restored. Your children's safety is our highest priority, and all safely measures are followed during each and every appointment.