Dentistry for Kids
We are looking forward to meeting your childrens' dental needs! Our office is very child friendly and we will make your child's first visit tot he dentist a positive experience. By starting visits at an early age, you will help your child build a lifetime of good dental habits!
Dentists are trained to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so it is of paramount importance that children have positive experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.
What Does the Dentist Do?
Dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Education - Dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology; thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, dentists are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
Intervention – In some cases, dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
Dental Sealants - They are the easy and affordable way to help prevent tooth decay. We know that your children's dental health is a high priority in your family, and sealants are an excellent defense against cavities for most children. A sealant is a clear or white material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often. The sealant acts as a barrier that keeps out plaque and food and decreases the risk of tooth decay. Sealants are easy to apply. Each tooth requires only a few minutes for application. Properly applied ad maintained sealants are very effective in preventing pit and fissure decay. Applying sealants can save both time and money. More importantly, your child may avoid the discomfort and anxiety associated with more invasive dental treatment.
Childrens' Fluoride - The appropriate amount of fluoride is essential to prevent tooth decay. Studies have proven that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay between 20% - 40% and that community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride intake above the recommended daily levels creates a risk for enamel fluorosis, a cosmetic defect that appears as faint white lines or streaks on permanent teeth. Fluorosis occurs during the development of permanent teeth before their eruption through the gums. It does not affect the function of the teeth.