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Infant dental exams should begin by 18 months of age. A child can already have decay by this age. This appointment will include an examination, cleaning, and parent education regarding oral care, healthy eating habits, and decay associated with prolonged bottle use or nursing. Prevention is the key. Start early!
Sealants help prevent cavities in the grooves of healthy teeth. They are a plastic material that flows into the grooves and is then hardened by a light. Though they can be placed on baby teeth, we usually place sealants on permanent back teeth only.
Sucking is a natural reflex for infants and small children. This habit makes them feel secure. The problem arises when there is prolonged use of these bad habits. If your infant has a strong sucking reflex, encourage them to use a pacifer. It is an easier habit to break later. The pacifer should not be used past 2 years of age, permanent changes of the mouth can occur. If your child uses a pacifer or his thumb, let us help you break these habits so permanent damage to your child’s teeth can be prevented.
Nitrous Oxide, known to many as laughing gas, is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas, which is carefully monitored by your doctor. You will fall into a euphoric state and feel completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety fade away, leaving you to sit back peacefully while your dental procedure is performed. In most cases all dental work can be completed in one visit while you are sedated.
Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and effective. Once the procedure is over the nitrous oxide will wear off fairly quickly, and you will probably be able to drive yourself home and return to your daily activities.
You will need to have a preliminary visit with your dentist to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation. If you have been worried about your next dental visit its time to stop! Ask us about sedation dentistry and schedule your appointment today.
There are many different forms of sedation including oral medications, inhalants, intramuscular or intravenous injections. Sedation is used to alleviate anxiety. Depending on the age, health, and amount of decay of the patient, the proper form of sedation would be recommended if deemed necessary.
Children are amazing little people that come in all different personalities. Spirited children are those that show a sense of independence from an early age. Having had a child of my own like this who is now college age, I have had ample experience! These children will become great leaders some day, but for now will push their limits. We will set simple guidelines to keep your child safe and learn the boundaries to have a wonderful dental experience. Watching a spirited child evolve into a great dental patient is rewarding!!!
General anesthesia is used to complete necessary dental treatment while the patient is unconscious (asleep). This is preformed at Methodist Hospital. General anesthesia is recommended for the very young child with moderate to severe decay; or if the patient has special needs and is unable to be treated in an office setting. Find out more by clicking this link.
Mouthguards are a wonderful way to protect the teeth from trauma. They are often used when a child begins to participate in contact sports, such as, football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. The mouthguard can help prevent the teeth and jaws from being fractured if hit in the face. Be sure to ask us about the simple way to protect your child’s mouth while they enjoy sports.
Many people wonder if bleaching is safe for children? Bleaching is completely safe for children. A good time to start is in the teenage years or after braces. Bleaching trays are made for the patient and they are worn for as little as 30 minutes until desired results are achieved. It is a painless, easy procedure that will brighten your child’s smile.