Pediatric Dentistry

Dental Cleaning/Periodic Exam

Dental Cleaning/Periodic Exam

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dental hygienist. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning includes scaling and polishing. Polishing completes the cleaning, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build up. Fluoride…

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a chemical compound that is proven to be beneficial to teeth.   It strengthens enamel and prevents decay. As a result, there are many over-the-counter toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride. However, those who are at an extra high risk for cavities may benefit from professional fluoride treatments in addition to daily doses. This is generally delivered in the form of a varnish…

Sealants

Sealants

Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry.   Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow…

Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards

Protect your teeth with our custom-designed mouth guards.   Custom-designed mouth guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth might get hit. Guards generally last 3-10 years.…

Extractions

Extractions

Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted.   A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs: Severe decay Advanced gum disease Infection or abscess Orthodontic correction Malpositioned…

Tongue Tie and Lip Tie

Tongue Tie and Lip Tie

Nursing mothers that are experiencing nipple pain, uneven breast drainage, or low milk supply may have an infant with tongue and lip-tie.   Tongue and lip tie is a condition in which the center of the tongue has difficulty rising from the floor of the mouth because the tissue (lingual frenulum) that attaches the tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth is unusually short, think or tight. While…