At Seaside Children’s Dentistry, we provide exceptional clinical care in a warm and caring environment. Our staff is trained to work with children as young as one year old, and we make sure that fun is an integral part of treatment. Parents are equally important and we make sure that every question and concern is addressed at each visit.
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the first dental visit between one and two years old. The examination will be done off the parent’s lap. The dentist will check for cavities, demonstrate effective oral hygiene, check dental development and apply cavity fighting fluoride varnish. The dentist will answer all parents’ question, emphasize prevention and help begin the foundation for a lifetime of great smiles!
During a preventive cleaning, the teeth are carefully cleaned, flossed and polished by a dental hygienist. Different flavored polish adds a little extra fun and tastes good too ! Patients and parents will learn about ways to keep their teeth clean and healthy.
A preventive cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dental hygienist or dental assistant. Cleanings should be performed every six months. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay.
Pre-cooperative behavior and or anxiety can make it challenging to deliver quality dental care. Dental treatment in children many times must be delivered with sedation. There are two types of sedation available in our office.
Nitrous oxide/ oxygen inhalation sedation ( also called happy air or laughing gas ) is a very mild type of sedation which works best on children five and older who have demonstrated great cooperation for their cleanings and x-rays. The success rate of this type of sedation is limited by overall cooperation of the child, length of the procedure and number of expected dental visits.
Sedation with a physician is sometimes necessary. This sedation is done by a pediatric anesthesiologist. This type of sedation works best for children with extensive dental needs who require multiple dental visits and are too young or too anxious to cooperate.
If your child needs dental treatment with sedation, the doctors and staff will recommend the best type of sedation for your child so we can deliver quality dental care in a safe and efficient manner.
Sealants are an excellent preventive procedure. Cavities develop on teeth in three places. These three places are on the grooves of back teeth, in between teeth and along the gum line. Grooves on permanent molars are more numerous and deeper than grooves on baby teeth and are more likely to get a cavity. Permanent molars are further back in the mouth and are more difficult to clean. The sealant is a resin which fills in the grooves of back teeth.
Permanent first molars usually come in around 6 or 7 years old. Permanent second molars usually come in between 11 and 13 years old. Both of these sets of molars should be sealed at the appropriate time. Like all dental work sealants may occasionally show some wear and tear and may need replacement over the course of time.
Bonding is a conservative way to repair discolored, mildly crooked and chipped teeth. Bonding is also used to fill cavities. Bonding refers to the materials ability of the material to bond to the patient’s tooth. The bonding is a resin, which comes in a variety of tooth colored shades.