Take it from a family and children’s dentist: a lifetime of healthy teeth begins with good dental habits. Give your child a solid foundation by bringing them for an exam and cleaning at a children’s dentistry twice each year. Encourage your child to listen to the dental team during their visit. Work with your child at home to improve their dental hygiene routine.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has found that your child should visit a family and children’s dentist within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by his or her first birthday. Early oral examination aids in the detection of the initial stages of tooth decay. Early detection is also essential to maintaining good oral health.
What Is a Visit to a Family And Children’s Dentist Like?
During each visit, we will gently clean your child’s teeth and remove any plaque or tartar. We will carefully examine their mouth and teeth for any potential issues. Regular cleanings and exams can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Tooth decay has become the most common chronic childhood illness in the U.S. We will teach you and your child how to properly brush and floss their teeth as they grow. We will discuss dental hygiene habits and healthy food choices. We will teach your child to be our partner in keeping their mouth and teeth healthy.
BPA Free Tooth-Colored Fillings
You may have heard some worrying things about BPA, or Bis-Phenol A, a compound in tooth-colored dental fillings, but don’t go rushing back to silver amalgam just yet. We can leave tooth-colored fillings with BPA and the dangers of mercury poisoning that come with amalgam fillings behind because there are numerous tooth-colored materials available that are free of BPA.
Laser Therapy at a Children’s Dentistry
Laser dentistry is not only more cost-effective — it’s more efficient and patients are more comfortable. This is ideal for children’s dentistry; children can receive quick dental treatment in the most comfortable way.
Lip & Tongue Tie Release
If tongue or lip tie treatment is necessary, our Dr. Brush can perform a procedure called a frenectomy, using a laser. The procedure generally takes just a few minutes and does not typically cause significant pain or bleeding. The tissue also heals quickly after a laser frenectomy.
Pit & Fissure Sealants
Typically, sealants are applied to the molars because these teeth are the ones that do the most chewing and have those deep crevices where bacteria can hide. The sealant will fill in and cover any crevices on the tooth to act as a shield from the bacteria. What makes them even better is that the sealant application process is quick and painless!
Silver Diamine Fluoride
According to the ADA, fluoride intake is often recommended for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. During this time, primary and permanent teeth are developing. Fluoride is applied to the teeth in a varnish form using a brush. Fluoride helps by making the tooth more resistant to the build-up of decay-causing plaque and sugars. It can also speed re-mineralization as well as disrupt acid erosion in teeth.
If a child loses a baby tooth earlier than expected or their adult tooth is late in erupting, they may benefit from space maintainers to hold the place for the incoming tooth or teeth. Space maintainers are orthodontic appliances that help ensure that adult teeth come in where they should. They can be fixed or removable and they are custom-made for each child.
Use a family and children’s dentist to help your child have a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Contact Sheila L. Brush, DDS, PC and request a dental exam and cleaning for your child.