The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association recommend every child see a dentist by age 1 or within 6 months of the first tooth erupting. Knee to knee dental exams allow the infant or very young patient to be embraced by his or her parent while Dr. Seetin is able to closely examine and address any parental concerns.
One-on-one dental exams allow our specialized dental staff to introduce a young patient to the pediatric dental world. We encourage parents of toddlers and older children to promote their child’s independence by allowing them to experience cleanings on their own if at all possible. This technique offers your child the opportunity to see, touch, feel and ask any questions. We check and count their teeth and evaluate oral conditions.
Dental Cleanings (recommended twice a year)
Our fun and energetic team is dedicated to creating a unique and positive dental experience while “tickling,” brushing, and cleaning every tooth!
Our goal is to protect your child from unnecessary radiation and dental caries (cavities). We use the latest digital technology that has reduced the exposure dose to a fraction of what it used to be with old films. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and take dental x-rays based on your child’s specific need (often about once a year) and when indicated.
Many teeth, especially permanent molars that erupt at ages 6 and 12, can have deep grooves, pits, and fissures that can trap food and bacteria – making them prone to cavities. We can help to protect teeth from cavities by utilizing state of the art technology to seal these grooves, pits or fissures that your child’s teeth may have. It is drill-less and no numbing is necessary.
Fluorides – (tooth “vitamins” or “muscles”)
We offer all kinds of flavors of topical fluoride to choose from: orange, cherry, grape, strawberry, pink bubblegum and mint! Professionally applied fluorides are recommended by the ADA and AAPD for their ability to protect and make teeth stronger.
Sometimes cavities in children’s teeth may become so large that simple fillings cannot restore the tooth. To restore the proper shape to the tooth a stainless steel crown is used. This crown is a pre-made cap, which has been trimmed and custom fit to your child’s tooth. These crowns cover the entire portion of the tooth at the gum lines. Stainless steel is a long-lasting material in the mouth and it will serve quite well for the life of the baby (deciduous) teeth. This will keep the tooth and root intact until normal tooth loss occurs when the permanent tooth arrives.
Stainless Steel Crowns are used in several circumstances:
- Broken teeth, which cannot be repaired by normal fillings
- Badly decayed teeth where little tooth structure remains
- To prevent breakage of a tooth which has had a pulpotomy (partial removal of the nerve).
Home Care Instructions for crowns:
- There are no restrictions on your daily activities.
- Encourage brushing right away. A clean mouth heals faster.
- The diet should avoid between meal sweets to help prevent cavities.
- Hard, sticky food should be avoided.
- Your Child’s teeth and gums around the crown may be tender for several days following the appointment.
- Your child has had a local anesthetic, watch her or him closely for several hours to prevent him from chewing his cheek, tongue or lip, which are very numb.
Please notify us immediately if:
- Gum around the crown becomes swollen or tender.
- The tooth, which has the crown, becomes painful or loose.