Dr. Sarah Post just loves helping children smile, which is why she underwent the additional training to become a pediatric dentist after completing dental school! This helped her become a certified expert at meeting the needs of growing smiles, including providing all necessary clinical services while keeping little patients comfortable. Just like Dr. Post, our office is very kid-friendly, as we have wall and ceiling mounted TVs that are usually streaming popular children’s shows. We have Netflix as well, so we can probably pull up your child’s favorite show so they can stay distracted and relaxed during their appointments.
Dr. Post recommends that you should schedule your child’s first dental visit as soon as their first tooth erupts. During this appointment, she’ll briefly examine their teeth and gums while they sit in your lap and discuss the best ways to take care of their brand new smile. This will usually include how you should brush their teeth, if they should start using fluoridated products, and when they need to stop sucking their thumb.
Once your child has pearly whites, they should start attending regular checkups and cleanings. At first, these appointments will be short and sweet, and as your child grows and develops, so will their care. Our goals will be to help them feel comfortable in the office right from the start as we protect them from cavities and ensure proper oral development. We’ll also take time during these appointments to reinforce the importance of good hygiene so your child will form healthy habits as soon as possible.
Dental decay is one of the most common chronic illnesses among children, and at Infinity Dental Care, our goal is to help your child avoid cavities using strategies both in and out of the office. In addition to providing regular cleanings and exams, we’ll also work with you to help your child establish a consistent oral hygiene routine at home. We’ll even discuss the impact of their diet on their teeth with them so they will make healthy choices even when you’re not around.
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are where most children tend to develop cavities. This is because their location makes them particularly difficult for little hands to clean, and their grooved surfaces are also the perfect trap for plaque. Dental sealants allow us to literally seal off this portion of the teeth using a thin layer of composite resin. This prevents anything harmful from ever touching the enamel. They only take minutes to apply and can easily last for a decade.
Silver diamine fluoride is used to stop cavities that have already started. Applied to the tooth as a liquid, the silver acts as an antimicrobial agent to kill any bacteria that is damaging the enamel while the fluoride strengthens the tooth at the same time. It offers a quick and conservative way to treat a cavity that doesn’t involve a drill or needle, which our little patients certainly appreciate! This treatment is also useful if a child suffers from chronic dental sensitivity.
Fluoride is a mineral that can be used to drastically lower a child’s risk for cavities because it actually repairs any areas of minor decay upon exposure to the teeth. That’s why you’ll find it added to most oral healthcare products as well as public water sources. To give your child an extra boost of protection, we can apply a highly-concentrated fluoride varnish to their teeth at the end of their regular checkups. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to safeguard their oral health between visits!
While prevention is always our first priority, we do have a quick and easy solution should your child develop a cavity. With a tooth-colored filling, a specially-shaded composite resin is used to replace any decayed enamel that is designed to look just like natural dental structure. Once in place, the filling itself will completely blend with the surrounding tooth, meaning your child won’t have to worry about their friends noticing it.
Whether your child is a future star athlete or they just like to play the occasional pick-up game with their friends, they should always wear a mouthguard when participating in sports to keep their teeth protected from unexpected impacts with other players, hard surfaces, or flying equipment. Rather than forcing them to wear an uncomfortable “one-size-fits-all” guard from the store, we can provide them with one that is specially-made to fit their unique teeth. This will enable them to speak and breathe easily while wearing it, plus it will provide much better defense for their smile.