We provide advanced diagnosis and treatment for a full range of dental conditions and disorders including:
Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, is the nemesis of every child. The cause of cavities is bacterial breakdown of the hard tissues of the teeth (the enamel, dentin and cementum). Caries (cavities) is one of the most common health problems in children in the United States. “Early Childhood Caries” which is defined as severe, abnormal decay in infants or young children, is an area of special concern. Given the challenges of oral disease in children, we strongly encourage you to schedule a dental visit for your baby by age 1. Cavities are preventable, so we continually strive to encourage preventive measures such as oral hygiene instruction and the use of fluoride and sealants.
A separate division is devoted to the orthodontic treatment of children and adolescents. All patients are screened for the need of orthodontia, including interceptive therapy, which is orthodontic treatment in children younger than 10 years of age.
The Orthodontic Division is proud to be a part of the team at the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center. This unique service provides education and preparation of families for the care of these special patients.
What to expect
On their first visit to our clinic, new patients can expect to receive a comprehensive dental exam, professional cleaning and the application of topical fluoride, all in a safe, supportive and friendly environment for children. If deemed necessary, the dentist may also prescribe X-rays. Upon completion of the exam, the dentist will discuss a treatment plan with you to address any problems that your child may have. Any needed treatment is usually done in subsequent visits after the initial examination.
Our specialized dental professionals understand the needs of younger patients and will provide your child with a positive and stress-free dental experience.
Frequently asked questions
What is fluoride and why does my child need it?
Dental fluoride is a natural mineral that protects teeth from cavities and helps heal early tooth decay.
What are dental sealants and why does my child need them?
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that dentists paint onto the chewing surfaces of posterior teeth. Sealant application is a quick and painless procedure. The most important reason for applying sealants is to avoid tooth decay. Tooth brushing alone cannot effectively reach the pits and deep grooves of back teeth. Sealants can help prevent cavities by sealing over the rough surfaces of back teeth where food and germs often get stuck.
What can I do at home to prevent cavities?
Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time. It is important to brush all surfaces of the teeth. This includes the front, back and biting surfaces. Do not forget to brush the gums as well because plaque likes to hide in the area where your teeth meet your gums. If your child is able to spit (typically by age 3), we strongly encourage that your child use fluoride toothpaste.
Maintain a healthy diet that does not have a lot of sugar and limit the amount of snacking between meals to twice a day. Eat sweets and juices (many juices are high in sugar!) with meals, not as snacks, because the increased flow of saliva during meals helps wash away and dilute sugars. You can reduce the length of time that sweet food stays in contact with your teeth by avoiding sipping sugared beverages over a long period of time, sucking on candy or chewing sugared gum.
Make sure to schedule your child's first dental visit by age 1 and be sure to return for regular checkups every six months!