The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association all recommend that your baby visit the dentist by age 1. Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy habits to last a lifetime. In addition to a “knee-to-knee exam” conducted while your child remains in your lap, at the first visit we will share with you the latest available methods for keeping your child healthy and safe. At this first visit we will present:
In an effort to prevent problems associated with teeth and the mouth, our office emphasizes preventive dentistry. We focus on oral hygiene, dental and oral development, fluoride, oral habits, orthodontics, parental involvement, proper diet, sealants, and/or sports safety. We use state-of-the-art digital radiography for immediate observation of x-rays and early diagnosis of potential dental problems. Preventive dentistry is important for your child because it can lead to long-lasting, happy smiles and great overall oral health. A beautiful smile is attractive and can give your child confidence in his or her appearance. Preventive dentistry can also mean less extensive – and less expensive – treatment for your child.
Our restorative care includes tooth-colored fillings, nerve treatments, crowns, extractions and other services that repair your child’s teeth or address other oral diseases and conditions.
Every child is different, and each requires his or her own behavior management method to help them complete needed dental treatment. Behavior management techniques are used to help a child feel relaxed and confident, to guide a child in coping with dental treatment, and to complete dental treatment as efficiently and as safely as possible. We will recommend the best behavior management method(s) for your child based upon your child’s health history, special health needs, dental needs, type of treatment required, emotional and intellectual development and your parental preferences.
To be a well-informed parent, you should know the choices available to help your child during dental treatment. Working together, we will select the best treatment method(s) to make your child’s visit as safe and comfortable as possible.
Our office provides interceptive orthodontics. This means we will monitor or head off any growth and development discrepancies that may impede the alignment or emergence of the primary or permanent teeth. Problems that can result in orthodontic treatment include thumbsucking, crossbites, overbites, protruding upper teeth, open bites and/or crowded teeth. As your child matures, we can help guide your child’s teeth with minor orthodontic corrections before they become a major concern.