At Pediatrix Dental we believe that when a child smiles, they deserve to do so with confidence, and that means healthy gums and teeth. We also recognize that some children require more specialized care.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up (comprehensive examination) at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
A comprehensive exam includes a soft tissue examination of head and neck, an evaluation of the gum tissue and discussion of oral hygiene effectiveness, an examination of the bite to detect current or future orthodontic problems and a caries (cavities) examination.
For those who cannot maintain or receive traditional dental care, hospital dentistry offers a compassionate, efficient alternative. Frequently, very young patients, those with extensive decay, or those who are unable to tolerate care in an outpatient setting, along with patients who are medically compromised can receive treatment under general anesthesia.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces.
Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for certain people receiving dental treatment. It enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in many different foods and almost all water supplies. Fluoride is also used in many dental products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses. Fluoride works in two ways: topically and systemically.