Treatment

OK, so you're ready to visit our office. What happens next? In this section we give you an overview of the pediatric dental process - what to expect when we get started, treatment options, important tips to promote great oral health, and so much more!

Pre Natal
Some women experience dental problems during pregnancy brought on by increasing the amount of times they snack (especially on snacks with sugar which can cause tooth decay) or by hormonal changes which can make gums more sensitive to swelling and/or bleeding. If you are pregnant, it's important to remember that what you eat can also affect your baby. For this reason your doctor may suggest you take vitamins and supplements — not only for your health, but for your baby's health. Did you know that baby teeth begin to form around the sixth or seventh week of pregnancy? And that adult teeth begin to form in the twelfth week? A nutritious diet will help assure your unborn baby is getting the nutrients needed for development of healthy teeth and body.
Infants
We recommend that you bring your infant for a check-up by their first birthday. You may wonder, "Why are baby teeth so important if they're only going to fall out anyway?" That's a question we hear quite often. Well, baby teeth may be more important than you think — early loss of baby teeth can lead to overcrowding and crooked adult teeth.

Did you know that fruit juice and even milk can damage baby teeth? Did you know that habits such as prolonged thumb sucking or tongue thrusting can lead to severe bite problems? Typical issues for infants include:

Ttooth Development
Teething
Sucking Habits
Anxiety.
Formative Years
As your child grows, we encourage regular check-ups (once every six months). This not only helps us watch the development of your child's teeth, but it helps your child grow accustomed to visiting our office and they become more receptive to treatment.

Check-ups allow us to spot early signs of cavities, and to monitor the eruption of teeth. Because we provide interceptive orthodontic treatment, we can treat minor problems before they turn into major ones. Regular check-ups are important. Not only does it give us the chance to clean your child's teeth, but we are able to teach them proper brushing and flossing habits (including technique) so they can take their oral health into their own hands! Typical issues surrounding this age group include:

Crooked /Crowded Teeth and Bite Problems
Dental Decay
Esthetics
Anxiety
Teens
As children grow older, and especially when they hit their teens, they become more concerned with appearance — an unattractive smile can make them very self-conscious. We have special training so we are able to understand the special needs of teens and to understand the emotional importance of a healthy smile. As much as we promote preventive dentistry, sometimes our restorative services are the best option to rejuvenate a smile. Typical dental and dental-related issues surrounding teenagers include:

Diet and Dental Decay
Wisdom Teeth
Esthetics
Dental Injuries - Lost an Broken Teeth
Anxiety
Formative Years
As children grow older, and especially when they hit their teens, they become more concerned with appearance — an unattractive smile can make them very self-conscious. We have special training so we are able to understand the special needs of teens and to understand the emotional importance of a healthy smile. As much as we promote preventive dentistry, sometimes our restorative services are the best option to rejuvenate a smile. Typical dental and dental-related issues surrounding teenagers include:

Diet and Dental Decay
Wisdom Teeth
Esthetics
Dental Injuries - Lost an Broken Teeth
Anxiety
Children with Special Needs
Our advanced training allows us to understand and work with children with special needs whether physical, emotional, or both, and makes us an ideal choice for their care. We are able to provide the special planning and treatment that may be required for chronically ill children and/or children with congenital heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. Children with Down syndrome, oral clefts and other conditions may be more susceptible to delayed/accelerated tooth eruption, bite problems, missing/extra teeth, and other defects that we are able to treat.

Pediatric dentists have comprehensive education in behavior management, sedation, and anesthesia techniques so you can feel comfortable that your child will receive the best relaxation treatment based on their needs.

No matter the needs of your child, we maintain that the best treatment is preventive dentistry. Bring your child to our practice and we will plan a preventive program that will help your child enjoy a great smile.

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