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Finding a dentist is important to the overall health of adults and children. While you can often use a traditional dentist if that is the only option near you, a family dentist can provide an additional level of help and care to the younger patients who need their teeth taken care of. When you need a dentist who can provide the next level of care, contact one of our local dental offices today. Some of the different dentistry services we can provide to adults and children in our offices include:

Comprehensive dental exam

We recommend that you bring your child in for a comprehensive dental exam two times a year, starting by the age of two, though earlier is often better. During this exam, we will help your child get comfortable with being in our office while also checking each tooth, performing cleaning, and taking x-rays if necessary.

Tooth extractions

One of our pediatric dental professionals may decide the baby teeth need to be extracted if the tooth is damaged or severely decayed. We may also decide to pull a tooth when it becomes over-retained, which is when a tooth loosens and then tightens back into the gum. This process makes it hard for permanent teeth to grow, so a tooth extraction can help solve the problem.

Disease screenings

Our dentists are trained to complete disease screenings on all our young patients. Finding these diseases early on is one of the best ways to treat them and prevent other issues from showing up when it comes to children’s oral health.

Management of Gum Diseases

Our pediatric dentists can also help manage gum diseases and other conditions. Some of the gum diseases and conditions that we can assist with include pediatric periodontal disease, mucoceles and ulcers.

Diagnosis of Oral Conditions

It is important to diagnose oral conditions as often as possible. Our team of family dentists will help diagnose different oral conditions that may be associated with other conditions including ADHD, hay fever, asthma, heart defects, and diabetes.

Dental Injuries

Some of the dental injuries that we can work through include knocked-out teeth, displaced teeth, and fractured teeth.  

Write prescriptions for antibiotics

We understand some tooth conditions, and even some procedures of the mouth, may need antibiotics on occasion. Our professionals will write out any antibiotic that is necessary for your or your child's dental health.

Stainless steel crowns

Our office can place stainless steel crowns. These are metal caps that we may put on to help restore decayed or damaged baby teeth. If a filling does not work, this is often the best solution that we can offer to restore a child’s tooth. They are durable and can last. We may also use these to restore and protect a permanent tooth until we can create a permanent crown.

Sealants

Our offices can use sealants to cover the chewing surfaces of the molars, providing a physical barrier to the children’s teeth. These are the best way to protect the teeth of your child for up to 10 years. This is a good way to make sure the teeth of the patient stay healthy so they are less likely to get cavities at an early age.

Space maintainers

If your child has a tooth that is lost too early, then a space maintainer is a great way to keep that space open so the teeth do not move over. Space maintainers can also help prevent misalignment and overcrowding in the mouth. This will keep the mouth nice and even for your child.

Mouthguards

These are often used for children who are in sports. They will minimize the risk of injuries to the teeth as well as to other parts of the mouth. If your child needs a mouthguard, we can help take the right measurements and get a mouthguard ready for them.

X-rays

According to the American Dental Association, it is important for kids and teens get X-rays done of their teeth one to two times a year if they have cavities. Those who do not have any cavities can take X-rays less frequently, usually between one to two years.

Habit Counseling

Our pediatric dental professionals can work on habit counseling as well. For example, if your child struggles with letting go of the pacifier or sucks their thumb past the recommendations, then our dental professionals can provide the help and tips you need to get these behaviors to stop.

Nutrition and Diet Recommendations

The foods you eat will determine how healthy the teeth of your child will stay. The healthier the diet, the healthier the teeth. We can discuss different diet recommendations with you to make sure your child is getting the very best.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a simple mineral found in soil and rocks. During the exam, we can apply a topical fluoride to the teeth after we finish with a teeth cleaning. This treatment helps prevent cavities and will keep the enamel of the teeth strong.

Cavity filling for baby teeth

Cavities can show up on baby teeth. Without the proper treatment, the bacteria from the tooth decay will spread over to other teeth and will cause more oral conditions. We can try two treatments for cavities in children including composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

  1. Our offices can provide amalgam fillings. These are the traditional silver fillings. They have been used for more than a century, cost less than resin composite and can last for 10 years or more. Since the baby teeth will fall out, this is the type we often recommend.
  2. Composite fillings: Our local pediatric dental office can provide composite fillings as well. They are the same color as the tooth so they fit in better. They are resistant to fracturing and provide extra durability.

A family dentist is a great choice for you and your child. They have the experience and training necessary to take care of the oral health for your whole family. Whether you need a routine teeth cleaning or something more complex taken care of, give us a call to set up your appointment today.

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