First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit a dentist by the first birthday, and we whole-heartedly agree with their recommendation.
We encourage parents to bring in their child for a check-up within 6 months after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. Early establishment of a dental home will help develop a positive attitude toward oral health that can benefit your child for a lifetime.
For children 3 and older, our New Patient visit includes an orientation to the office, soft tissue examination, scaling and polishing, necessary x-rays, fluoride treatment, oral hygiene instruction, dental development evaluation, dietary and nutritional counseling, and patient/parent education. We encourage mom and dad to be present with their child during their entire visit. We teach you and your child how to best care for their teeth, advise on eating habits and answer any specific questions you may have. We explain how cavities are caused, what we can do to prevent them and how your children can help fight gum and tooth disease by brushing properly. All information is provided in an age appropriate manner to help nurture and encourage your child.
Are X-rays safe? Our use of digital X-ray technology reduces your child’s radiation exposure up to 90% and completely eliminates the use of chemicals. It’s better for kids, it’s better for the environment!
Dental cleanings will remove plaque and tartar from your son’s or daughter’s teeth. Routine cleanings primarily clean the tooth from the gum line up and are not meant for serious forms of gum disease where a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) may be necessary.
When the element fluoride is used in small amounts on a routine basis it helps to prevent tooth decay. It encourages “remineralization,” a strengthening of weak areas on the teeth. These spots are the beginning of cavity formation. Fluoride occurs naturally in water and in many different foods, as well as in dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels, varnish and supplements. Fluoride is effective when combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.
SealantsSealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Sealants are made of clear or shaded plastic. The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable. It takes only one visit. The tooth is first cleaned. It is then conditioned and dried. The sealant is then flowed onto the grooves of the tooth and hardened with a special light. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Athletic mouthguards can prevent serious dental injuries. We can construct custom mouthguards for teenagers that provide the best fit. In addition we make nightguards for teenage patients with teeth grinding or jaw clenching habits.