Cleaning, x-rays, and examination
Tooth colored fillings
Extractions and Space maintainers
Removal of orthodontic braces
Our mission is to provide a dental experience that makes children say, “Going to the dentist was fun!” Dr. C creates beautiful smiles and healthy teeth and gums for children of all ages by providing a safe, relaxing, fun, and educational experience for children and their parents.
We understand that some children are afraid of going to the dentist. While our main focus is attending to the oral health of your child, we also make every effort to have the experience be a comfortable and positive one, to build trust with your child by treating him or her as we would a member of our own family.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that tooth decay is the most chronic disease among children aged five to seventeen. Oral problems affecting infants are no less serious. Dr. C and the professionals at Smiline Dental Texas believe that proper dental hygiene promotes the healthy growth and development of your children, and we are committed to providing the highest level of pediatric care for your child in the safest, most fun, and gentlest manner possible.
What your children eat affects their teeth. Sugars (found in cake, cookies, candy, milk sodas, juice, etc.) and starches (found in pretzels, potatoes, etc.) can cause tooth decay. Add to this the fact that it is more difficult to clean babies and children’s teeth and you can see why debris tends to remain in children’s teeth, resulting in bacteria growth and, ultimately, tooth decay. Although baby teeth (deciduous, or primary teeth) are eventually replaced with permanent teeth, healthy baby teeth are fundamental to a child’s overall health and development.
Oral Health Recommendations for Children & Infants
• Teeth Cleaning: Baby teeth should be cleaned as soon as they erupt. Clean your baby’s teeth with a soft washcloth or gauze after every bottle or meal. When more than one tooth erupts, you can soak a small-bristled child-sized (age-appropriate) toothbrush in warm water before using it on your baby’s teeth, as instructed by your dentist. Baby teeth should be brushed using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Use water without fluoride until approximately six months of age.
• Tooth Brushing should commence as soon as your child has the coordination to do so. Replace toothbrushes every two to three months. Children’s teeth should be brushed after they are given medicine. Acids contained in medicines may eat away at tooth enamel, which serves as a natural protective coating for the teeth.
• First Dental Visit: It is important that your child see a dentist by age one to establish a long-term dental hygiene and professional dental cleaning plan. We recommend a minimum of two visits per year.
• Dental Sealants are used to protect teeth from decay and are appropriate as soon as a tooth erupts.
• Fluoride Treatments area major component in the prevention of childhood dental cavities. This is because fluoride alters the molecular structure of the tooth, making it more resistant to acid attack and decay.
• Dental Flossing: Parent-assisted dental flossing should commence when two teeth erupt next to each other. Independent flossing should occur when children have the ability to do it on their own (often by six years of age).
• Orthodontics may be appropriate by seven years of age. We will watch growth and development of jaws and teeth and recommend when your child needs braces.
A ‘baby root canal’ is the partial or complete removal of the infected nerve due to caries or trauma. This procedure is indicated when the decay in the tooth is very large and at the level of the nerve.
This procedure often is in conjunction with a major restoration such as a stainless steel crown of white crown. The top portion of the nerve is cleaned and the remainder of the tooth is treated with a medicine that will preserve the integrity of the tooth until it is ready to come out.
Extractions And Space Maintenance:
In many cases an extraction will be necessary to remove a diseased tooth that cannot be saved with a dental restoration. If this happens before the permanent tooth is expected to erupt, the spacing of the primary and permanent teeth will become a problem. Generally, an extraction of a baby tooth will cause the permanent tooth next to it to drift into that space. This will prevent the unerupted permanent tooth that belongs in this space to fail to erupt or to erupt into a space that is out of position. When this happens, orthodontics are generally needed to correct the spacing problem.
To prevent space loss after an extraction, ‘SPACE MAINTAINERS’ are indicated. Examples are shown to the left and include single tooth space maintenance, and multiple (cross-arch) space maintainers. These appliances are necessary until the eruption of the permanent teeth fills the space that exists due to the extraction. When front teeth are lost prematurely, a parent may choose to make a ‘PEDO PARTIAL’ demonstrated on the left. This appliance is very esthetic and will allow your child to look and function normally until the front teeth erupt.
For Your Child’s Comfort
Because having a pain-free and fun experience at the dentist is Smiline Dental Texas top priority, we offer:
Nitrous Gas (Laughing Gas): Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.
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Fluoride Varnish: Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth stay strong and resist decay. Kids may receive fluoride from the water they drink, the foods they eat, and the toothpaste they use—but sometimes they don’t get enough fluoride. That’s why we offer fluoride varnish, which we can brush onto your kid’s teeth for a quick and easy treatment to help prevent cavities.
If you have questions about your child’s teeth and children’s dentistry, please contact us at Dentist office in Garland Tx at 972-276-4888 for more information.