Recommended Care & FAQ
Our primary goal is to aid in prevention of dental conditions such as cavities. Below is a brief explanation of the services we recommend in maintaining a happy and healthy smile.
Fluoride is a mineral that aids in preventing dental cavities as well as rebuilding enamel in early stages of demineralization. Fluoride can be obtained in two ways: systemic (fluoridated water and supplements) and topical (toothpaste, mouth rinse and in-office treatments). According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the prevalence of dental cavities decreases when both systemic and topical fluoride are administered. Depending on the cavity risk of a child, supplemental topical fluoride applications may be recommended.
“Fluoride use for the prevention and control of caries is both safe and highly effective in reducing dental caries prevalence.”
- DENTAL X-RAYS
Dental x-rays (radiographs) are a diagnostic tool used to evaluate and diagnose oral diseases such as cavities and other conditions that may not be seen clinically. The AAPD recommends x-rays every six months to diagnose possible decay, survey erupting teeth, assess bone levels and evaluate possible injuries and/or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs allow for early detection and treatment of dental decay, reducing the potential for other dental complications such as toothaches and infections.
With advancements in technology (such as lead aprons, shields, and filters), dental radiographs emit very low amounts of radiation. According the to the AAPD, “X-rays represent a far smaller risk than undetected and untreated dental problems.”
Dental sealants are a tooth-colored coating applied to the grooves of permanent molars to help prevent dental cavities. Sealants are recommended for children with high incidence of cavities, demineralization/white spot-lesions/staining and/or high sugar consumption. Application of sealants is painless, quick and easy. According to the CDC, sealants decrease the occurrence of cavities by 80% on the chewing surfaces of molars. Since sealants wear over-time, evaluation and re-application will be determined at re-care visits.
Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities in the teeth, especially alignment of occlusion (bite) and jaws, including the use of braces. The pediatric dentist will refer a patient to the orthodontist based on their development, existing conditions and/or habits. While orthodontic treatment can play a pivotal role in overall dental health, the appliances associated with such treatment require patients to be even more diligent with their home care. Once orthodontic treatment is initiated, additional in-office dental cleanings may be recommended.