Dr. Petron, being a big kid himself, provides energetic and fun loving treatment to each child.
We want you and your child to feel at home from the moment you arrive at our office. From the time your child first enters the office they are welcomed with their own kids corner where they can color, read, put a puzzle together while sitting on a GIANT TOOTH!.
At the end of every dental visit they get to pick a special toy from Wally the Whale to take home. We strive to make your child’s visit to the dentist as fun as possible. To ensure good dental health for life, we want to treat your children, not just their teeth.
Your child’s teeth have many bumps and grooves, making the chewing surface of teeth highly susceptible to cavities. Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities. But it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth. Therefore, preventive care is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It is important that they learn at an early age that brushing at least twice a day is important for them to have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Kids will be kids: so having a regular cleaning is an important part of teaching good oral hygiene and preventive care as well. We’ll gently clean your child’s teeth to remove plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum problems.
X-rays will be taken ( when necessary) to check for cavities between the teeth as well as to see what is occurring with any teeth that have not come in yet. Then a fluoride treatment is applied to the teeth. During their visit with us, we will stress the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene at home using easy to understand language. Most children leave our office excited and motivated to take responsibility for their dental health by doing a great job of regularly brushing and flossing their teeth.
Fluoride is beneficial for all children, because it helps shield young teeth from damaging acid and can actually reverse very small cavities. Hurtful acids from bacteria combined with sugar can damage the hard protective outer layer of the tooth causing teeth to decay. According to the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, professionally applied topical fluoride treatments are effective in decreasing dental decay in children.
Having fluoride professionally applied during a dental cleaning ensures your child’s teeth have received an adequate and protective amount of fluoride to successfully protect their teeth. Depending on your child’s needs fluoride treatments are applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form. After treatment you may not rinse, eat or drink for 30 minutes to allow the teeth. It only takes a small amount of fluoride to receive maximal benefits. For more fluoride information check out our “Should I use Fluoride” in our FAQ page.
Without a doubt the best way to fight cavities is to prevent them from forming in the first place. Sealants aid in protecting the biting surface of the teeth and keep cavities from occurring. Sealing your child’s teeth prevents decay in the tooth grooves then makes them easier to clean. Dental sealants are thin coatings made of plastic that are painted on teeth in a liquid form then bonded to the teeth to form a protective coating. There is no substitute for brushing and flossing, but sealants can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full blown cavity. Sealants last for several years, but the benefits can go on indefinitely. For more information check out our “Sealants Page”.
Baby teeth aren’t permanent, this is sometimes a parent’s excuse for dismissing getting a filling done. So what happens when a baby tooth gets a cavity? Are fillings necessary, especially if the cavity is pain free? Untreated tooth decay will continue to grow and your child may require more serious treatment in addition to a filling. Filling a cavity in a baby tooth will prevent the spread of infection, not to mention relieving your child from potential pain that can come with leaving a cavity that can include everything from distraction in school to aching, sleepless nights. So why not just pull the tooth? Baby teeth should be kept whenever possible. They are important space keepers for the incoming permanent teeth. They also ensure normal speech and proper chewing/ nutrition for your child.
Children aren’t born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Before doing any treatment Dr. Petron likes to describe the treatment using simple non-frightening words. Your child will be told that their tooth will be getting sleepy juice so that a cavity bug can be removed with our special toothbrush. A white (composite) filling is placed into the tooth after all the decay is removed and a bright light hardens the filling. The sleepy juice wears off in a few hours.
One of the key functions that baby teeth preform is keeping space for the set of permanent teeth that will replace them. If a baby tooth is lost early and a space maintainer is not placed to save the space it occupied, problems may develop. This can include the misalignment, or even impaction, of permanent teeth. In those cases where the space resulting from the early loss of a baby tooth is at risk for closing in, a dental space maintainer should be placed.
Wearing this type of device will preserve the width of the space formerly occupied by the lost baby tooth and allow the permanent tooth to erupt in a normal fashion. As a result, wearing this simple type of device can prevent the need for major corrective treatment ( such as braces) later on. A space maintainer is usually removed as soon as the permanent tooth begins to penetrate through the gum tissue.