At Pierce Dental we welcome the opportunity to help with your child's dental health. Whenever possible, part of a child's first visit is to come in during their parent's visit to get used to the surroundings. This makes them more comfortable when they come in for their own visit.
We also provide a family friendly atmosphere in our waiting area. Along with a game table, children's books, and toys, we also have a special child's movie room where they can view cartoons and children's films, until it is time for their visit.
We do everything we can to make the experience a positive one so that future visits will be something to look forward to and start them off on a future of regular dental hygiene.
A comprehensive exam and a professional cleaning will be performed. We will take diagnostic x-rays to evaluate eruption patterns and check for tooth decay. The exam performed by the doctor includes evaluation of the diagnostic x-rays, tooth decay, existing restorations, and an oral cancer exam. Our dental hygienist or a certified dental assistant will polish and floss the child's teeth to remove plaque and stain.
Our staff always takes time to show children the dental instruments and describe the appointment in detail. We will also teach your child how to brush and floss using different educational instruments and animated videos.
A fluoride treatment is recommended for all our patients at the end of your appointment to restore demineralized or weakened tooth structure.
A child's primary teeth, sometimes called "baby teeth," are as important as the permanent adult teeth. Primary teeth typically begin to appear when a baby is between age six months and one year. Primary teeth help children chew and speak. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are developing under the gums. The American Dental Association recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than the first birthday. A dental visit at an early age is a "well baby checkup" for the teeth. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can demonstrate how to clean the child's teeth properly and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumbsucking.
As soon as a baby's first teeth appear — usually by age six months or so — the child is susceptible to decay. This condition is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Caries (cavities). In some unfortunate cases, infants and toddlers have experienced severe tooth decay that has resulted in dental restorations or extractions. The good news is that decay is preventable.
Our office suggests a Fluoride treatment for adults as well as children. Fluoride is a proven, natural cavity fighter. The "topical" fluoride applied to teeth during dental visits is absorbed into the tooth structure strengthening the tooth. The dosage of Fluoride given in the dental office is prescription-strength, which is stronger than that found in toothpaste and other over the counter products, so it is more effective in preventing tooth decay and sensitivity.
The dentist may recommend dental sealants when the grooves on back teeth are deep and hard to keep clean. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of a back tooth. The sealant acts much like a barrier, protecting enamel by "sealing out" plaque and food. Sealants are east to apply and only take a few minutes per tooth. After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned to remove plaque, the sealant is then "painted" onto the enamel. The sealant bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sealants are clear or white and cannot be seen when you smile or talk. Dental sealants do wear over time and may need to be replaced to continue to protect the tooth.