The Preventive Program
Teeth, both primary and permanent teeth, survive best in an oral environment that is free from harmful pathogens. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent decay, preserve teeth that have been restored and keep your child’s teeth as clean and healthy as possible. At the initial visit with our hygienist, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits. We recommend that each child be seen at least twice a year for a dental prophylaxis.
Interceptive orthodontics is a technique and philosophy which was developed to address certain orthodontic problems between the ages of 7-11.This early intervention and phased treatment can result in fewer extracted teeth and better patient compliance.
Some of the techniques used in this interceptive orthodontic phase include arch expansion, which allows more room for permanent teeth and orthopedic growth appliances which enhance jaw growth and make later orthodontic treatment much simpler.
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends that you schedule your child’s first oral hygiene appointment when they reach their 1st birthday.
With the advent of the newest technologies in dental science, today’s state-of-the-art restorative materials. These materials are not only strong and durable, but restore the look of natural teeth and are very aesthetically pleasing.
We strongly recommend that every child who receives a cleaning in our office also receives a fluoride treatment. These treatments consist of a rinse that contains a high level of fluoride in which a gel or fluoride foam is placed in a tray which sits in your child’s mouth for 1-4 minutes. These treatments increase the hardness of the tooth’s enamel and makes your child more resistant to tooth decay.
One of the main purposes of primary teeth is to act as a space maintainer for the permanent teeth which will erupt as the child enters adolescence. Occasionally, a primary tooth is absent, lost early or needs to be extracted. In these cases, it is important to maintain the space for the permanent tooth to erupt. In order to preserve the space, we will fabricate a space maintainer for your child. There are two types of space maintainers. One is a “fixed” space maintainer which gets cemented into the patient’s mouth and will stay there until the permanent tooth erupts. The second type is a “removable” space maintainer, which resembles a retainer, can be removed from the mouth and should be worn until the permanent tooth erupts.