Fluoride is recommended in-office to protect current teeth in the mouth whereas fluoride supplements are recommended to strengthen developing teeth currently growing in the jawbone. Parents can discuss this with the dental staff to make the best decisions for their child.
Panoramic x-rays show developing teeth in the jaw-bone. We recommend a screening at age six to make sure all the permanent teeth are present and developing. This is important to know, because when permanent teeth are missing, we want to take extra good care of the baby teeth.
Sealants fill in the deep grooves of first adult molars, which usually erupt around age six; the process is easy for the patient and is very effective as a preventive measure against decay.
Children should have a pre-orthodontic screening by the age of seven. At this young age they may benefit from a small retainer-like device that helps the jaw grow a little more quickly to make room for grown-up teeth, to keep them from crowding. Children with a thumb-sucking habit after the age of 6 can also be helped by ortho-appliances.
Panorex screenings are also recommended around age 12 to evaluate for traditional orthodontics. We provide traditional “braces” at our office as well. Panorex screenings are recommended around age 18 to check for wisdom teeth. Many people do not have room so it is a good idea to check.
We do not offer sedation for dental procedures. If we believed sedation is necessary, we will refer patients to an experienced specialist.