Pediatric Dentistry


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Pediatric dentistry refers to dentistry for children. Beginning good pediatric dental care early in a child’s life, is instrumental in helping form a strong foundation for good health habits for a lifetime.

 


We understand children have unique dental concerns. Our goal is to help them establish healthy habits and preventative plans to protect their teeth from tooth decay. Our family practice has been fortunate in serving 2nd and 3rd generations.

Beginning good pediatric dental care early in a child’s life, is instrumental in helping form a strong foundation for good health habits for a lifetime. Children with healthy mouths and smiles have a better chance for overall health, resulting in fewer illnesses, fewer absences from school and a better ability to eat healthy foods comfortably. As early as the eruption of a baby’s first tooth, the lifelong commitment to positively impacting your child’s oral health begins. Working in partnership with you and your entire family, the Smile Architects can help you begin your child’s journey to excellent oral health and work towards a lifetime partnership, knowing and treating your child’s individual health needs.


Comprehensive Oral Evaluation / Digital Radiographs


An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures.


Cleaning


Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and polishing of the teeth to remove stains and prevent further buildup of plaque.


Dental Sealants


Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.


Fluoride Treatment


Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.


Mouth Guards


Custom-fitted mouth guards from your dentist are preferable to cheaper products available from a store. Many school athletic programs require participants to wear a mouth guard. Athletes who are wearing braces will particularly benefit from a custom-fitted mouthguard.