Pediatric dentistry calls for a highly trained professional who has special patience for treating children in a dental office setting. Dr. Sara has the experience, patience, and understanding of what it takes to make your children feel comfortable and relaxed. The importance of introducing your child to early preventive dental care should not be overlooked. At New Generation Dentistry in Mission Viejo, we make sure that your son or daughter feels comfortable at our office.
Early Dental Screening
Parents should bring their infant for dental screening by 12 months of age or as soon as the first tooth erupts in the mouth. Initial visit will include thorough medical and dental histories, an oral examination, showing age-appropriate tooth brushing technique, cleaning and fluoride varnish treatment if indicated. During that same appointment, we will do a full assessment of your baby’s risk of developing caries, discuss a prevention plan and set a time frame for periodic re-evaluation.
The benefits of beginning dental cleaning at an early age cannot be overlooked. Professional prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) is strongly encouraged for many reasons:
– Parents and child will be instructed on the proper oral hygiene techniques that is appropriate for the child’s age.
-Removing microbial plaque, extrinsic stain, and calculus from oral cavity helps to maintain the health of the mouth.
-Introducing dental procedure to the young child and can provide an assessment of the patient’s cooperation.
Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoridated toothpaste on daily basis are the most effective ways to reduce dental caries in children.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends brushing teeth with appropriate amounts of fluoride toothpaste twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush. The recommended amount of fluoride is based on the child’s age. For children under age of three, no more than smear or size of a rice and for children from age three to six , a pea-sized amount is sufficient, but no more than that.
Pit and fissure sealant has been described as a material placed into the pits and fissures of the tooth that bonds to the tooth preventing caries causing bacteria accessing their source of nutrients. As a result it can help prevent cavities along the line, especially on permanent molars. A dental sealant is ideal for children and is quick and painless when applied.
If it becomes necessary for your child to have a tooth filled, we will make sure that we take every precaution to make him or her feel safe and secure during this procedure. Cavities can spread easily, so it is necessary have fillings since your child will not start loosing primary teeth until around the age of 6.
Sometimes your child might lose a primary tooth before he or she is supposed to. In the event that this happens, a space maintainer may be necessary in order to ensure proper growth and placement of surrounding teeth. A space maintainer is custom-made by a dental professional and can be metal or acrylic, fixed or removable; it all depends on each individual case. We can discuss all available options with you to determine what works best for your child.
Sedation can be used safely and effectively with patients that are unable to cooperate due to different reasons. Patients dealing with situational anxiety, uncooperative age-appropriate behavior, medical conditions, or disabilities may benefit from sedation dentistry.
We offer two type of sedation for our patients:
1-Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen (NO2)
Nitrous oxide can help to relax a nervous child when a filling or extraction is needed. NO2 inhalation is a safe and effective. Its effect is rapid, reversible and recovery is fast and complete. At the same time inhalation of NO2 reduces the gag reflex.
2-General Anesthesia (GA)
GA is the controlled state of unconsciousness. In order to provide quality dental care for the child, sometimes it is necessary to use general anesthesia. While this will be accompanied by a loss of protective reflexes, including the ability to maintain an airway independently or respond to physical stimulation or verbal command, it is sometimes necessary to use general anesthesia.
Considering the patient condition, GA can be done in hospital or in the dental office with ambulatory setting.
If you have any questions regarding the use of Nitrous or General Anesthesia for your child’s dental care, we will be more than happy to discuss with you the benefits of these.