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Prevention

Prophylaxis (Dental Cleanings)

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We recommend regular cleanings and dental exams every six months for all of our patients. These visits help keep teeth free of cavities and ensure that gums remain healthy by removing a buildup of tartar and plaque. If left untreated, these accumulations can lead to inflammation and disease. During these visits, our dentists look for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer through physical examination, as well as X-rays. This cleaning also polishes your child’s teeth by removing stains and plaque that could be missed during normal brushing.

Fluoride

prevention_toothpasteFluoride  helps to prevent decay and strengthen teeth. It is a natural substance that is found in water sources and foods, as well as toothpaste, mouth rinses and our professional treatments. In order to ensure extra protection and healthy teeth, fluoride is a common and efficient means of prevention, especially with a child’s developing teeth.

Fluoride treatments vary with patients, and applications could be repeated every three, six, or 12 months. Fluoride is often recommended for those with an increased risk of tooth decay, which includes:

  • Poor diet

  • Active cavities

  • Poor oral hygiene

  • Tooth enamel defects

  • Eating disorders

  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the teeth in order to protect their grooves. These grooves are susceptible to plaque buildup and are at a higher risk of decay. The procedure is quick and painless, and are applied once the six-year molars are present, or from ages 6 to 16.

Mouth Guards

mouthguardsIn some cases, we recommend a mouth guard to correct various bad habits, such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and pacifier use. It is important to end these habits as early as possible to avoid alignment issues later in your child’s life.

DENTAL TOPICS

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PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
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Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
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Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
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Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...
PatelMinerva
Q&A Topic: Optimizing Infant and Toddler Dental Health
Q. Why is it important for your infant/toddler to see a board certified pediatric dentist? A. A ...
thumbnail_xylitol_gum
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on t...
thumbnail_mouthguards
Mouth Guards
  When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuri...
thumbnail_fluoride
Fluoride
  Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little ...
home-3
Seal Out a Cavity
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) ...