We Care About Kids!
Dr. Smith will put your children at ease, no matter age or whatever past dental experiences they have had. In our practice, we use the most advanced treatments and give them with thoughtfulness and care. The doctor promotes good daily dental habits in all young patients, so they keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. Our team enjoys seeing your children from age three throughout their formative years, as they grow and change each year.
Calming Dental Fears
We strive to make sure that all generations of children grow up without anxiety over visits to a dental office. As many parents have told us, we are achieving this goal! Our office is always a happy place to visit that relieves any fears children may have. We will always help you, no matter if you have an active eight-year-old or a scared three-year-old.
Choosing Your Child’s Dentist is Like Choosing Their Pediatrician
Children’s teeth are more susceptible to cavities than adults’ due to many factors. Often they do not brush well by themselves. We encourage parents to be a part of their daily dental hygiene so they develop good habits. Kids tend to eat throughout the day, which results in extended exposure to acid (whenever you eat, acid is produced) that can produce more cavities.
If a tooth is already not as clean as it needs to be, decay will have a faster rate of development when exposed to more acid. With better dietary selections, improved hygiene, and an application of fluoride varnish to protect the teeth, the occurrence of cavities can be greatly reduced.
No More Cavities! Is This Even Possible?
Cavities are caused by a bacterial infection known as “caries.” This infection is not only treatable, but preventable. Dr. Smith uses the CariFree™ program, which was developed to help patients become cavity-free by assessing risks for dental disease, diagnosing the presence of the bacterial caries infection that causes cavities, and treating the infection using preventive medical techniques.
Dr. Smith would much rather help patients prevent cavities than have to fill them, and the CariFree program has been effective in doing just that. During your visit you will receive a “caries risk assessment.” We will evaluate whether you have factors present that can put you at risk for decay. You will then be given at-home instructions and the products needed to keep you and your family cavity free.
More Easy Prevention
Another way to prevent decay in the deep grooves of the back teeth is the quick and easy application of dental sealants. First the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. A clear coat of the sealant is applied to the entire surface of each tooth. A curing light is used to bond the sealant to the tooth. And that’s it! The entire procedure takes only minutes, and it is one of the best preventions against cavities for both children and adolescents. Best of all, no shots are given and no drilling is necessary. The entire natural tooth remains intact.