Our goal is to keep your child’s smile beautiful. For that reason, we recommend that your child visit our office once every six months for a dental examination and cleaning. Regular cleanings keep teeth cavity-free and gums healthy. During a dental cleaning, your child will have their teeth scaled and polished for removal of plaque, tartar and stains. A build up of such particles can cause inflammation and disease if left untreated.
Fluoride is an effective substance utilized by pediatric dentists to prevent and reverse the early formation of tooth decay. It works by making your child’s teeth more resistant to acidic foods, and by repairing areas that have already been damaged. These treatments are normally administered after your child’s teeth have been cleaned and polished, and can be applied in either gel, foam or varnish form. Our dentists may suggest additional fluoride supplements on a case-by-case basis. For more information of fluoride, please see our FAQs page.
Our purpose for taking x-rays is to thoroughly check your child’s teeth for decay, soft tissue disease, and abnormal growth. X-rays are also utilized in emergency cases to better assess the injury. Here at TLC, we utilize digital x-rays to attain high-resolution images and reduce the radiation emitted to your child. This reduction is reportedly 50-80% less than non-digital x-rays. There are three main types of x-rays that we use, they are:
Occlusal X-rays – pictures of the front teeth
Bitewing X-rays – pictures of the side teeth (pre-molars and molars)
Panoramic X-ray – full picture of teeth
Our dentists will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and soft tissues. During this time, the dentist will also review your child’s x-rays for tooth decay and tooth development. Our dentists will speak candidly with you regarding your child’s dental health, and provide you with any pertinent information, suggestions or referrals.
Our goal as your child’s pediatric dental office is to provide you the service and education necessary to achieve and maintain great dental health. We do our best to provide you with the most up-to-date dental hygiene information, and share it with you and your child in a way that he/she can understand. Our staff will review with you the ways to promote good oral hygiene, demonstrate proper brushing and flossing, and speak to you about the importance of eliminating potentially harmful habits such as thumb sucking or bottle-to-bed feeding. Below are some general tips to get you started.
Do’s & Don’ts For Good Oral Health
- DO hold your baby while bottle-feeding. DO NOT prop the bottle.
- DO feed your baby before putting to bed. DO NOT put baby to sleep with a bottle.
- DO wipe the inside of your baby’s mouth daily.
- DO begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they begin erupting.
- DO check for white or brown spots on teeth. If you see any, call your dentist.
- DO ensure proper brushing of inner, outer and chewing surfaces. DO NOT forget about back teeth!
- DO floss your baby’s teeth as soon as two teeth touch. DO NOT forget to brush tongue!
- DO take your child to the dentist before his/her first birthday!
- DO have dental work recommended by dentist to prevent or treat cavities!
- DO get your child a mouth guard if he/she is active in recreational activities or organized sports.