We are a dental home for infants, children, adolescents, young adults up to the age of 18 years old, and for individuals with special healthcare needs of all ages.
We pride ourselves on preparing children for a lifetime of healthy smiles. We offer minimally invasive treatments based on advanced technology, to ensure that your child's experience is positive and enjoyable.
One of the most important things you can do to safeguard your oral health is to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine that effectively removes plaque from your teeth. It's the bacteria that thrive in the plaque biofilm that cause so many oral health problems. Effective oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth.
Here is a video showing you the correct technique to brush your teeth.
You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. This will help remove plaque, a bacteria-rich biofilm, from the surfaces of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque can turn sugars from food into acids, which attack the tooth's enamel and cause tooth decay. Some bacteria can also cause gingivitis and other gum diseases.
Brushing only removes plaque from some surfaces and can't effectively get in between the teeth if the teeth are touching. Flossing helps to remove plaque hidden between the teeth.
Here is a video showing you the correct technique to floss everyday.
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are filled with tiny grooves referred to as “pits and fissures,” which trap bacteria and food particles. The bristles on a toothbrush can't always reach all the way into these dark, moist little crevices. This creates the perfect conditions for tooth decay.
Also, a child's newly erupted permanent teeth are not as resistant to decay as adult teeth are.
Dental sealants are invisible or white coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — the place where your child is most likely to get tooth decay.
Dental fillings are designed to patch the hole that dental decay has left in the tooth. Without fillings, food, plaque, and bacteria could easily collect in the space again, causing deeper and more painful damage. After the dentist numbs the area with a local anesthetic, the decay is removed with a gentle dental drill. Next, either a tooth colored composite resin filling or a siler amalgam filling is used to fill in the cavity. The surface is smoothed and the tooth is polished, leaving a strong, healthy tooth once again.
Stainless steel crowns are silver caps that cover the whole tooth. Porcelain crowns are tooth colored. Dental crowns for children are generally completed in one visit, and will usually last until the tooth falls out at around the age of 12.
Often, if a 2-surface filling is used to restore a first baby molar, the tooth may decay again or the dental filling may break due to the shape of the tooth. If that occurs, the tooth may need a stainless steel crown or to be extracted and treated with space maintenance. That would mean the child would have to go through an extra procedure and the parent would pay for treatment of the same tooth twice! Our goal is to restore the health of the tooth for longevity. We place crowns on first baby molars that have decay in between the teeth, or on teeth which are too damaged to be repaired with fillings.
The video below shows the pros and cons of doing dental crowns and fillings.
Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, is essential for proper tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay.
Because it is possible for children to get too much fluoride, it is best to seek professional advice on the use of any fluoride-containing product.
A very beneficial way to deliver fluoride to the teeth is with topical fluoride applications painted right onto your child's teeth and allowed to sit for a few minutes for maximum effectiveness.