Pediatric Dentistry

Prevention

Preventative Care/ Dental Health Education

Mustaches in a field-13We know you never want your child to suffer from tooth pain, gum disease, tooth loss, or any of the bodily diseases that are connected to poor oral health. You need a dental team that will help you protect your child throughout every stage of his or her life.

With preventive care and dental health education, our dental team can help your child enjoy a comfortable and happy life. What’s the best way to keep your child optimally healthy and to keep treatment expenses low? By avoiding dental problems in the first place!

Preventative Care

What parent doesn’t want a child who has and always will enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile? Instead of treating dental problems, preventive care focuses on preventing issues before they happen.

Cool dude-6Our dental team will help your child avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel wear. We keep the price of perfect health low with our fun and sensitivity-free dental cleanings.

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should brush and floss regularly. They should also see a dentist at least twice yearly for oral examinations. If there is a problem, it should be treated immediately to prevent the issue from worsening.

Our hygienists administer cleanings that will keep your child’s smile fresh, white, and healthy. They will make the process easy and enjoyable for your children. They can also place BPA-free sealants over molars in order to ward off cavities.

Dental Health Education

Every child needs to learn how to properly care for their teeth. Dr. Osafi and his staff are highly experienced in teaching children about at-home care. They will help your child see brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist as comfortable and beneficial.

You can trust our dental professionals with your child’s dental future. Call us today to schedule an exam or cleaning for your child.

BPA-Free Sealants

Girls at the piano-3Dental sealants are an inexpensive way to fortify your child’s teeth against decay. Sealants can effectively prevent your child from experiencing cavities and toothaches, or from needing extensive dental work. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that with appropriate follow-up care and maintenance, sealants can be 80-90% effective in reducing cavity formation.

Dental sealants are placed into the fissures of the chewing surfaces of the teeth, especially in the molar area.

Why BPA-free?

BPA, or bisphenol A, is a harmful industrial chemical. Research has shown that BPA can affect the brain, behavior, blood pressure, and more.

Our top priority here at our pediatric dental office is to keep your child safe. The best way you can protect your child from BPA is by using BPA-free products. Our BPA-free sealants will fortify your child’s teeth without posing any kind of health risk.

Does my child need dental sealants?

Princess sisters-32Our pediatric dentists can help you determine whether or not your child needs dental sealants. Many young patients can benefit from our sealants because they often miss the pockets in the back of the mouth while brushing their teeth.

Kids frequently miss these hard-to-reach areas with their toothbrush, leading to a buildup in bacteria and eventual decay. Even when reaching those back teeth, the grooves are often so deep that the toothbrush bristles can’t adequately clean them. Our BPA-free dental sealants protect these problem areas from bacteria.

How do dental sealants work?

Dental sealants fill in the grooves of the teeth that often hide food and bacteria. Sealants make it impossible for the food to build up in the fissures of the teeth by “sealing” it out.

Now, with the option of BPA-free dental sealants, all parents should consider this protective measure for their children.

Our pediatric dentists would be happy to help you decide if dental sealants are a good idea for your child. To learn more about our BPA-free sealants, call us to schedule a consultation today!

Diagnostic

Oral Examinations

mom day-10Visiting the dentist’s office is necessary for your child, so we want them to think of our office as a fun and exciting place! Our team of specialists explains dental hygiene in a way that is exciting and easy for children to understand. During each oral exam, we will create an environment where your child will feel safe, welcome, and happy.

Here are the basic steps of a pediatric oral exam:

  1. Visual Exam | Your pediatric dentist will first look at your child’s teeth and gums. While he assesses your child’s oral health, he will tell your child how great his or her teeth look and give his recommendations.
  2. Seren 5-20-13-28Low-Radiation Digital X-Rays | The next step of an oral exam is to take x-rays to learn more about the structures inside your child’s mouth. At our practice, we utilize low-radiation x-rays to ensure optimal safety for your child. The doctor will make sure your child is comfortable and explain to your child that he is using the x-ray machine to take pictures of your child’s beautiful teeth.
  3. Treatment Assessment | Following the x-rays, your pediatric dentist can help you and your kid learn more about your child’s health needs. He will be able to detect any decay or crookedness that may need attention and prescribe the best treatment.

What if treatment is necessary?

During the examination, your pediatric dentist will discuss the available treatment options with you and your child. Together, you can decide which form of treatment will best suit your child’s needs. Whether your child needs a filling, crown, or a sports mouth guard, we will make the treatment process efficient and simple.

Stay up-to-date on your kid’s health by visiting frequently for oral examinations. We promise to make your child’s visit with us as entertaining and relaxing as possible. Give us a call today to schedule your little one’s appointment.

Low-Radiation Digital X-Rays

IMG_3424At our office, you and your children can feel confident in our up-to-date dental technology and treatments. At Shoreline, we are proud to offer one of the greatest recent advancements in dental technology with our low-radiation digital x-ray machine.

If you’re worried about the radiation levels that affect your child when they have x-rays taken, you don’t have to worry anymore. We can put those fears at ease with our digital x-ray machine, which is the safest and most efficient type of x-ray on the market.

Benefits of low-radiation digital X-rays

At our office, your child can take advantage of the following benefits of our state-of-the-art digital x-rays:

  • Less exposure to radiation for a safer x-ray experience
  • Rapid transfer of information so you can see results fast
  • Early detection of dental disease or decay for more effective treatment
  • Ability to ensure the proper growth of baby and permanent teeth
  • Visibility of potential orthodontic issues that should be treated
  • Opportunity to identify impacted or problematic wisdom teeth

Digital x-rays help our dentist identify all kinds of things about your child’s smile that can’t be seen with the naked eye. The sooner a potential problem is detected, the more successful and inexpensive the treatment will be. If no problems are identified, you can feel confident knowing that your child has been examined with top-quality equipment.

Sadie in yellow flowers-12How often should my child’s mouth be x-rayed?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children should receive dental x-rays at least once annually. For children with tooth decay or other dental health problems, x-rays should be completed twice a year or more. To learn more about how often your child needs dental x-rays, come talk with one of our pediatric dentists about your family’s dental health history.

Has it been awhile since your child’s teeth have been x-rayed? Come enjoy the safest and most reliable x-ray technology available at our practice. Give us a call today.

Dental Restorations

 

In the woods-39Our state-of-the-art dental restorations can be used to return your child’s grin to its best state. If the function or appearance of your loved one’s smile has been altered, one of our pediatric dentists can restore it with a quick and simple restorative procedure.

Tooth-colored fillings and crowns

The type of dental restorations we use most frequently aretooth-coloredd fillings and crowns. Both methods will protect and build up your child’s teeth.

Tooth-colored fillings are typically used as a remedy for tooth decay. Some children are prone to cavities, which can lead to toothaches and other dental problems. Our pediatric dentists can protect your child’s comfort and health by using a tooth-colored filling to restore the affected area.

Tooth-colored crowns are used to cover up the visible portion of a tooth that is weak or damaged due to decay, disease, or physical trauma. Crowns will strengthen the tooth and give it an appealing look. Dental crowns are frequently used to cover discoloration, breakage, large fillings, and poorly shaped teeth.

Restoring broken and chipped teeth

IMG_0536Accidents are common while children are becoming more stable on their legs and gaining control of their growing bodies. Falls or other small accidents frequently lead to broken and chipped teeth. You can learn more about handling dental emergencies on our Emergency Dental Care page.

Fortunately, your child’s broken or chipped tooth can be easily repaired with restorative dentistry. When you come in for a consultation, your dentist can determine the most efficient way to restore the health and the look of the tooth.

We are confident that our tooth-colored restorative options will give your child the confidence to smile on. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment. Our friendly personnel will be happy to assist you.

Sports Mouth Guards

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Look at your little athlete go! Wait–a tumble could be just around the corner! While you watch your active child engage in sports, do you ever worry about the accidents that might occur?

You can sit back and relax when your child is wearing one of our custom-designed sports mouth guards. A sports mouthguard will minimize the possibility of tooth loss and even traumatic brain injury.

Teeth cost thousands and thousands of dollars to replace. You can help your child avoid needing a costly tooth replacement by getting them a comfortable, affordable, and functional sports mouthguard.

Sports mouthguards don’t just protect your child’s teeth from injury. Our mouthguards also greatly reduce the force that can be transmitted from the jaw to the central nervous system in the brain. Mouthguards significantly decrease the chance of your child suffering from concussions or brain damage.

Sports mouthguards can also protect your child against cuts in the lips and cheeks, neck injuries, gum and soft tissue injuries, jawbone fractures, and tongue injuries.

Why get a mouth guard from a dentist?

Gonzalez-70Maybe you see why a sports mouth guard is important, but why get that mouth guard from your dentist when there are countless styles sold in ordinary stores? There are several advantages to obtaining your child’s sports mouthguard from your dentist.

Storebought sports mouthguards are often stiff and uncomfortable. They can make it difficult for the wearer to breathe easily and they never last for long periods of time.

Our pediatric dentists create durable and comfortable custom-fit sports mouthguards for our young athletes. Our sports mouthguards are:

  • Designed to match each tooth perfectly for an extremely comfortable wearing experience
  • Created to outlast boil-and-bite guards 5-to-1
  • Sleeker and less bulky than store-bought sports mouthguards

Sports mouthguards also:

  • Promote free and easy oxygen flow for increased endurance and performance
  • Cover each unique tooth flawlessly for the highest level of mouthguard protection

Come talk with one of our pediatric dentists about your child’s sports mouthguard needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Habit Therapy

 

field_2013-1It’s certainly cute when your young one carries around his favorite pacifier or sucks contently on his thumb or finger. Although thumb or finger sucking may be a sweet and comforting habit for your little one, it can also create occlusion problems and should be monitored by your trusted dentist.

Thumb or finger sucking is no reason to immediately panic, but a visit to the dentist will help you remain aware of how the habit may be adversely affecting your child’s dental health.

The American Dental Association says that most children outgrow sucking their thumb or fingers between the ages of 2 and 4. However, some kids continue their beloved habit even after they begin preschool or even kindergarten. At this point, thumb sucking could negatively affect your child’s teeth, jaws, or face shape.

Ways to break the habit

Here are a few ways you can help your child break his or her thumb sucking habit to avoid future orthodontic work:

  • Use reminders like tape over the finger or gloves over the hands
  • Introduce reward charts to motivate your child
  • Ease your child’s anxiety by being positive and encouraging
  • Show your child examples of how their habit can negatively impact their smile

We can help

Elliott tricycle-2Our pediatric dentists are experienced in helping children feel great while breaking their thumb or finger sucking habit. Here at our pediatric practice, we use “habit appliances” to assist your child.

A “habit appliance” is a small metal appliance that is fixed to the inside of the mouth. It is worn on the upper teeth and prevents the thumb or finger from touching the gums behind the front teeth. When the child is unable to reach these gums with their thumb or finger, their thumbsucking enjoyment diminishes and the child finds it easier to break the habit.

We have seen some patients break a child’s thumb or finger sucking habit in just one day after wearing one of our habit devices. Want to learn more? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We would love to support your child and help them smile on without any distractions.

Why choose Hello Kids Dentistry?

Research & Evidence

At Hello Kids Dentistry, our treatment philosophy is based on and backed by strong evidence through research. We refer to this as Evidence-based dentistry.

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Safety

Our primary goal is patient safety. We take all necessary measures to give parents the ultimate trust in the safety of their child.

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Pain-Free

We do everything possible to ensure that every child has the best experience at our clinic. By using the latest equipment in technology, we are able to reduce anxiety and perform pain-free dentistry.

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