Dentistry for Children
Your child’s first dental visit to the dentist should be short and comfortable. Our little ones just don’t tolerate long appointments like grown-ups do! We will take the time to ease their anxiety before doing an exam and cleaning. If your child can tolerate it, we may take x-rays. This is important to reveal decay between the teeth and any other dental and non-dental diseases. For children 10 years old and under, this will consist of only 2-8 images (adults get 18 images) with a digital sensor that emits an extremely low x-ray dose. For children 11-16 we usually take 10 images plus a panoramic x-ray. You can rest assured of their safety as we will keep their x-ray dosage to a minimum with our latest digital technology.
If your child is in need of fillings we will do our best to provide premium quality care with the least amount of stress on your child. However, in cases of high anxiety, we will recommend a pediatric dentist in your area that also takes your insurance.
Most importantly, we want to be sure children have a healthy, happy experience and leaves our office in good spirits!
Cavity Prevention is more important for our little ones for obvious reasons – they hate getting fillings! A healthy mouth starts with a good diet high in fruits and vegetables and good daily oral hygiene habits. We advise, you guessed it, refraining from sugary foods like candy and soft drinks. However, most people don’t know that even condiments like ketchup and barbecue sauces contain 28%-40% sugar! Another phenomenon, called “baby bottle caries” is important to avoid for infants. This process of accelerated decay happens when an infant is put to sleep with a milk bottle. The reason being milk, although healthier than soda, also contains sugars called “lactose”. As this sugar lingers between teeth all through the night, multiple large decayed lesions develop very quickly. It’s best to fill their bottle with water when putting them to bed, not milk or fruit juice.
This combination of good diet habits, regularly brushing and flossing techniques will keep their decay rate low and minimize stressful dental appointments!