The Enchanted Forest Pediatric Dentistry team takes a very gentle and conservative approach to dentistry, which is why we place such an emphasis on preventive care. The best kind of dental problem is the one that never develops in the first place, and all of the services below are designed to stop decay, gum disease, and many other issues before they begin. We’re ready to start safeguarding your child’s smile with a comfortable checkup and cleaning, so contact us today to schedule!
Our team is able to accomplish so much during a standard checkup and cleaning. We can remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar from your child’s mouth, give them an exam so we can catch potential problems as early as possible, and answer any questions they might have about their dental health or oral hygiene routine. With just two of these appointments each year, we can set a child on the path toward a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles.
Pretty much every oral healthcare product on store shelves contains fluoride, and that’s because this helpful mineral is proven to strengthen the enamel and make it more resistant to decay upon contact. Regular fluoride exposure is recommended for everyone, but it is especially important for children, as it can aid in the development of healthy teeth and prevent cavities while the enamel is relatively soft. We can give your child a topical fluoride treatment during their regular cleanings so they enjoy an extra boost of cavity protection between appointments.
If a child is going to develop a cavity, it will most likely be in one of their back teeth. Due to their location and deep grooves, a child’s molars are the perfect place for bacteria and food debris to accumulate and cause issues. Thankfully, we can prevent this by simply covering these teeth with a thin layer of dental plastic. This literally seals the teeth, providing a shield to keep them safe. It only takes a few minutes to apply sealants, and after that, we will check during every visit to ensure they are in place and reapply them every 3 to 5 years.
A lip and/or tongue-tie occurs when a small band of tissue that is connected to each of these parts of the mouth (called a frenum) is overly short or tight, which prevents them from moving normally. This can make it difficult for a child to eat (especially breastfeeding), speak, and they can even interfere with how the teeth come in. Rather than using the old surgical method to correct these issues, we can release this issue in a few minutes using our state-of-the-art Solea Laser with minimal discomfort.
If a dental infection reaches the interior nerve of your child’s tooth, they will likely need pulp therapy to save it (as well as stop their toothache). This procedure involves removing the damaged part of the pulp while leaving any healthy portion behind, enabling the tooth to function normally as your child grows. This stops the infection from spreading, relieves pain, and helps your child avoid an extraction all at the same time.
It can be difficult to know which oral healthcare products are best for your child given the sheer variety available today. When your child comes in for a checkup, we can make suggestions based on their unique dental needs. This way, you can save a lot of time when you go to the store, plus you can have the peace of mind that your child is getting the most out of their oral hygiene routine.