Oral Health Exams
One way we ensure a healthy mouth is by performing regular checkups. Children should be seen every six months unless they have a problem.
It is also recommended that during an examination your children get X-rays, which allow us to check for tumors, cysts, and bone loss. They also allow us to look at the positions of your children’s teeth and their roots.
While performing an examination, we look at the gums to make sure they are not infected or diseased, but if they are, we will help your child. We also look for signs of tooth decay and cavities. While we are examining your child’s mouth, we will also check any dental restorations that have been completed such as fillings. We also look for any signs of oral cancer. We check inside and outside the mouth for cancer.
After an examination, we perform a professional dental cleaning. During this time, we remove any tartar and plaque that is stuck to your child’s teeth. After cleaning, we polish the teeth to remove any stains. This can also remove any buildup that may be left on the teeth.
We recommend routine dental cleanings for several reasons. When we perform a professional cleaning, we remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. We also clean the parts of your child’s teeth that are hard to reach, such as underneath the gums.
After a cleaning, we will polish your child’s teeth so that they shine! We can also apply a fluoride treatment, if necessary, to help prevent tooth decay.
Next, we will do a thorough examination so that we can see how the teeth are doing. This examination ensures that your child doesn’t have any problems that need to be taken care of. It is our goal to catch any problems and fix them before they become bigger ones. We will also go over home care to make sure your child is getting everything he or she needs to have optimal oral health.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
We believe that fluoride works well to strengthen children’s teeth. It also has been shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages.
For this reason, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association believe that topical fluoride is necessary for good oral health.
Because of this, you may be wondering if your child needs fluoride treatments. Often water is enhanced with fluoride, so additional fluoride treatments are not necessary. However, if your water is not enhanced with fluoride, your child may need fluoride treatments. Your child may also need a fluoride treatment if he or she has symptoms like receding gums. You may also want to have your child treated if he or she wears braces or is taking medications that cause dry mouth.
Fluoride treatments can be completed at your child’s routine dental appointment. They are painless and quick, taking only a few minutes. When performing the treatment, your child’s dentist will apply gel, foam, or varnish on your child’s teeth. Treatment works best if it is done one to four times a year.
You may wonder what else you need to do in addition to getting your child regular fluoride treatments. The American Dental Association recommends drinking fluoridated water and using a toothpaste with fluoride.
We truly believe that regular dental examinations are important in order for your child to have good dental health and a smile of which he or she can be proud. We start by doing a professional cleaning, removing all of the bad tartar and other buildup on your child’s teeth.
We then do an examination, looking to catch and fix any problems before they become bigger ones. We examine each tooth, looking for any signs of decay, damage, or any other problems, such as signs of infection. We want to correct any problems your child may have before they get any worse.
X-rays help us look inside your child’s teeth for problems invisible to the naked eye. We can often diagnose cavities much more quickly with an X-ray. They are also helpful for finding any gum or teeth problems that we need to address.
During your child’s visit, we will also talk about good home care. We believe what you do at home really affects your child’s teeth. For this reason, we will acknowledge any areas on which you need to concentrate so your child can have a healthy smile.
We are proud to offer dental restorations to help protect and restore children’s teeth so that they can speak and eat easily as well as have a wonderful smile.
We are usually able to fill in broken teeth to make them look like normal teeth. We even use a cement that is the color of your child’s teeth. If that does not work, we offer veneers and caps to cover up any broken teeth.
We can also fix missing teeth and have many options for how we do so. Typically, we like to place implants, which will act like the tooth’s replacement root. On top of the implants, we use crowns, which are artificial teeth, to restore your child’s mouth with normal-sized and shaped teeth.
We also offer bridges, which are used to bridge the gap between teeth, to ensure your child’s mouth keeps its normal shape. Bridges can be removable, making them easy to clean or fix. Some bridges are cemented into place.
After doing a thorough examination with X-rays, we will take time to discuss your child’s options. We want to talk about any procedures that may help and the aftercare that may be required. We want you to make an informed decision about which you feel confident. It is our goal to help give your child a great smile.
We are proud to offer different types of anesthetics to our patients to make their visits more comfortable.
The most common anesthetic we use is a local anesthetic. This blocks pain in a specific area of the mouth. We often apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area before we give the injection.
For those who need more anesthetics, we offer sedatives, which are most effective if they are given before we even start; though, if needed, we can give them during the procedure. Sedatives come in many forms including pills, gas, and injections.
We also offer general anesthesia for patients who don’t want to be awake during their procedures. It is our goal to give your child an enjoyable visit, and we can offer stress-free visits by using anesthetics.
Emergency Dental Care
It is very important to be prepared in case your child has an emergency. Even though we wish that they wouldn’t, emergencies do happen. Being educated and knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. You also need to know your dentist’s phone number.
You need to contact us right away if you are having an emergency! If we are not open, go to the nearest emergency center.
If your child loses a permanent tooth, it is important to keep it wet until you get to the dentist. If possible, place it back into the socket. If that is too painful, have your child keep it between his or her cheek and gums or place it in milk to try to save it. Please do not put the tooth in your child’s mouth if you are concerned that he or she might swallow it.
In the case of a cracked tooth or bitten tongue or lip, always have your child rinse out his or her mouth with warm water. A warm compress will help reduce swelling. If your child has something stuck in his or her teeth, gently use floss to get it out. You shouldn’t try to remove it with something sharp. To avoid Reye’s syndrome, children should not be given aspirin for pain.
Children should always wear a mouthguard during sports and other physical activities to protect their teeth. They should avoid chewing hard food like hard candy, ice, and popcorn kernels. These foods can break teeth. Both children and adults should use scissors instead of their teeth to cut or tear things.