The most common dental hygiene visit interval is recommended every 6 months. This interval frequency is based on your child’s risk assessment and a high caries risk may require more frequent visits.
Brushing your child’s teeth daily with a rice-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste is recommended for children less than three years of age and no more than a pea-size for children three to six years of age. For children who are unable to spit, parents may wipe the excess toothpaste from their mouth with a wet washcloth.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Thumb/Finger Habit Appliance
Crowns may also be recommended for children with high caries risk and when treatment has to be completed with sedation or general anesthesia. Silver crowns are typically placed on the back teeth due to their proven stability and durability. They often remain in place until the child loses the baby tooth. White crowns are used on the front teeth and stainless steel crowns are used on the back teeth in our office. The type of white crown used will depend on the extent of the decay. Below is a list of the different crown options:
- Stainless Steel Crowns “Silver caps”
- Zirconia Crowns “White caps”
- Pre-veneered Crowns “White crowns with hidden silver”
- Composite (tooth-colored filling) crowns
The treatment can range from placing medicament over the area or removing all tissue and placing a filling material and crown over the tooth to seal and protect from further bacteria.
Symptoms of a possible lip-tie or tongue-tie are difficulty with breastfeeding, speech, maintaining good oral hygiene, and/or development of a gap between the front teeth. Most times the functional issues the child experiences are more important to the diagnosis than the appearance.
Please take your child to the ER or call 911 for all serious injuries such as loss of consciousness, significant swelling of neck or face, or difficulty breathing.
If you are a patient of record, you can call the doctor’s cell phone for a phone consultation and if necessary she will see your child in the office. A prescription may be called in at your pharmacy to keep your child comfortable until an office visit can be scheduled.
The most time sensitive tooth emergency is the complete removal of a permanent tooth. If this tooth can be replanted in a timely manner, it is a good chance that your child may be able to keep the tooth for many years. Do not touch the root of the tooth and place it in cold milk and head to the dental office for reimplantation.
Your child will be given a percent of nitrous oxide and a higher percentage of oxygen. It will make your child feel at ease or some kids get a little silly. One of the main side effects of this medicine is nausea and vomiting so make sure they don’t eat anything heavy two hours before their scheduled restorative appointment.
This option will require a visit to the surgery center or hospital where your child will be put under general anesthesia by the anesthesiologist and team and all dental treatment will be completed while your child is asleep.
An example of the program: One visit may consist of a tour of the office so your child can become comfortable with the environment and the team.