Dental visits should begin with the eruption of the child’s first tooth or by age one. Early dental visits are important in helping to prevent dental disease because they allow the dentist to evaluate if your child may be at high risk of developing cavities. Most of the first dental visit will be spent discussing your child’s diet, oral hygiene practices and any concerns that you may have. We will also do an examination, cleaning and apply fluoride to your child’s teeth with your permission.
It is important that all children see the dentist regularly to maintain their oral health. In our office we strive to make all children, from infants to adolescents, feel comfortable in the dental setting. We recognize that each child is an individual and we tailor our approach to meet their needs.
Regular dental cleanings allow our staff to educate children about oral hygiene and caring for their teeth and enable the dentist to complete and thorough examination of your child’s teeth.
Pediatric dentists recommend x-rays in accordance with guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association only when necessary. X-rays may be necessary to diagnose tooth decay, oral pathology and to monitor your child’s dental development.
The use of nitrous oxide for dental treatment can help a mildly anxious patient or a child that requires a more lengthy procedure cope with the experience.
Dental emergencies can be stressful for both child and parent. Whether your child is having dental pain or if they experience a dental injury getting to the dentist as soon as possible can potentially prevent an infection from developing and may reduce the need for more extensive dental treatment. We provide emergency care for children of all ages.
Pediatric dentists receive training in caring for individuals with special health care needs. Pediatric dentists also receive specialized training in behavior management techniques. In our office, we work with parents to develop a preventative and restorative plan that will meet each child’s specific needs.
Sometimes the safest and most effective way of completing a child’s dental treatment is under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. Very young children or children with health concerns may not be able to have dental treatment performed in the office setting and may be candidates for this type of treatment.
We are able to provide several different options to restore your child’s teeth if they require such care. We can place composite (tooth colored) or amalgam (metal) restorations, stainless steel or tooth colored crowns depending on your child’s specific needs. We also provide pulp therapy for primary teeth, extractions when needed and placement of space maintainers.