Pediatric Dentistry

//Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry2017-09-13T12:21:05+00:00

The pediatric dentist is the only medical specialist who is committed to the comprehensive oral health care of children from infancy through the teen-age years.

dr michelle-20In addition to a general dentistry degree, pediatric dentists complete two additional years of post-doctoral training that includes special education in pediatric growth and development, child psychology and behavior management and the treatment of the medically, developmentally, and physically compromised children.

Because of this specialized training, the pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet the needs of infants, children and teenagers by providing different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, managing their dental treatment needs, and helping them avoid future dental problems.

Just as parents choose a pediatrician for their child’s medical needs, many parents wisely choose a pediatric dentist for their child’s dental needs. Think of us as the pediatricians of dentistry.

Your baby’s teeth begin developing before your baby is even born: The first tooth begins to mineralize in the fourth month of pregnancy. Even before the first tooh appears oral care is essential: After breastfeeding or bottle feeding, we recommend using a soft cloth to clean your baby’s gums. This way you’re removing bacteria from the gums (while giving you baby a nice gum massage too). From the sixth month to approximately 2.5 years of age, your child will get 20 teeth. Usually the two bottom teeth erupt first and the molars erupt last. We recommends finding cool, BPA free things for your child to chew on that can massage the teeth (feel free to place these in the fridge but NOT in the freezer). There are also many natural and OTC remedies that help soothe your baby’s teething discomfort.

The most common question we hear is “If my child barely has any teeth, why am I here?” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that an initial oral evaluation visit should occur within six months after the eruption of the first primary tooth and no later than twelve months of age. During this important visit we will complete a thorough medical and dental history, complete a thorough oral examination, assess your child’s risk of developing oral and dental disease, review habits such as grinding, thumb sucking, etc, discuss oral hygiene instructions, perform a nutritional consult, and determine an appropriate interval for periodic reevaluation.

Occasionally, a child’s facial and dental growth becomes disrupted as a result of genetics or early dental habits such as thumb sucking or mouth breathing (commonly caused by allergies/asthma/etc). Pediatric dentists are specialists in the area of growth and development of the face and teeth, and are ideally suited to intervene in these situations. Many times extensive orthodontic treatment may be averted through timely pediatric orthodontic care as the face, jaws, and teeth are developing.

We believe that regular oral health maintenance is a sound investment in your child’s overall health. To maintain optimum oral health, we recommend that your child be seen every six months for a continuing care appointment that includes an oral examination, a cleaning, the application of fluoride, and any necessary radiographs (x-rays). Preventive care will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. At continuing care time you will be asked to update your child’s dental, medical, and social history which may have changed since the last visit. We will examine and treat your child as we did at the first visit and discuss the findings with you.

We’ve designed our office to treat infants, children, teenagers, and children with special needs. Home-care recommendations and instructions will be provided based on your child’s individual needs. If your child requires special care due to a specific concern, please let us know prior to their appointment so that we can be sure to accommodate them.

In addition to the oral hygiene instructions, preventative care tips, and nutritional consult you will receive for your child, feel free to ask the doctor or assistants about the materials used in the practice. Our office utilizes the latest pediatric dental technology such as high-speed digital x-rays and digital photographs, quiet electric hand pieces and dental instruments, and modern diagnosing techniques. Dr. Michelle uses bio-compatible, non-metal, BPA-free materials for all sealants and fillings.

Before being attached to our dental delivery units BPA-free water container, all of the water used in the practice is distilled twice a day through a patented water distiller that removes all harmful minerals, chemicals, bacteria and viruses; we do not use public plumbing for our patient’s water supply. Additionally, our office uses digital x-rays; digital x-rays reduces radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

To reduce our carbon footprint, we use state-of-the-art dental technology to minimize toxic pollution and water waste. Biodegradable sterilization solutions are used to clean examination areas and our play areas. Please feel free to call or or email us with any questions/concerns you may have.