This is the first step in developing a relationship with your child’s dentist. It builds trust and a positive experience that paves the way for all future visits. Your child will become familiar with the dentist, our office and the idea that this isn’t a place to fear, but a fun, friendly environment full of fun and friendly people! This early visit also gives us the opportunity to go over hygiene instruction diet education and growth and development with Moms and Dads.
You play the most important role in making your child feel relaxed about visiting the dentist. If YOU show trust in us, your child will trust us, too. Avoid saying things like “it won’t hurt”, or “don’t be scared”. They may seem like comforting statements, but they actually send up red flags in young minds. Instead, share with your child that they’re going to meet one of your friends: a friend who helps keep teeth happy and healthy. Remember: your attitude determines their attitude!
The answer is no. While this might surprise you, it makes perfect sense during the trust-building stage. You leave your child with the babysitter, the daycare provider and others because you TRUST them…and your child acknowledges your absence as a sign of your trust. Ultimately, this is the strongest, most comforting statement you can make to your child and will help build a relationship that both you and your child will appreciate.
Remember: oral health affects more than the health of your teeth. Cavities in baby teeth cause pain and swelling that can be tremendously uncomfortable for your child. Oral infections can enter the blood stream and lead to other serious health problems. Bacteria can quickly ‘jump’ from one part of the mouth to another, thus resulting in infections and cavities in new erupting adult teeth.
It’s best to avoid eating anything heavy within ½ hour before your child’s appointment. Children shouldn’t eat for ½ an hour after fluoride treatments. Following a visit involving the use of novocain, children should not eat anything crunchy or chewy until the numbness wears off (usually about 2 hrs.). They can eat soft, mushy foods after their visit.
Prevention is the key to good oral health, so be sure to schedule a checkup every 6 months, or every 3 months for children with a high decay rate. The reason is simple: healthy teeth get less cavities, and more frequent exams help us find problems that lead to cavities…or even bigger problems as your child grows.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend having x-rays taken twice each year for children with a history of decay and once a year for children who are cavity free. Bitewing x-rays show the in between areas of the back teeth, while the periapical x-ray shows the development of the front teeth. One set of each is usually taken twice per year during your child's cleaning and exam (every 6 months).
These x-rays are vital to properly diagnose decay between teeth that simply can’t be detected by a visible exam alone. Finding problems when they’re small help prevent decay from causing serious damage. Panoramic x-rays aren’t meant to detect decay: rather, they’re taken 4 times during childhood development to detect abnormalities of the developing teeth, jaws, sinuses and jaw joints which can include tumors, cysts, impacted, misplaced and missing teeth. These x-rays provide the diagnostics necessary to help maintain a healthy mouth and body. Panoramic x-rays should be taken at ages 7, 10, or 13 OR before braces (if necessary), and again at 16 or 17 to evaluate wisdom teeth. The team at Smile Builders will remind you when it’s time for your child’s panoramic x-ray.
Stage 1 orthodontic treatment typically applies to younger patients. It is meant to correct specific problems such as cross bites, impacted teeth, and severe crowding that can occur as adult teeth come in, as opposed to a comprehensive treatment of the entire bite. Stage 2 orthodontic treatments usually follow when all adult teeth are in. As both a pediatric dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Weisberg can evaluate each child’s individual needs and intercept with appropriate treatment at the ideal time.
While the robot is a fantastic advance in technology, it can only do what the doctor tells it to do. After a thorough treatment plan is established using the latest in 3D technology, the robot is used to bend super elastic nickel titanium wire that cannot be bent by human hands. This wire possesses shape memory that stainless steel wires do not. This helps to move the teeth into their correct position in a more gentle and efficient manor.
Invisalign™ has created a system that keeps doctors and parents one step ahead. Invisalign has compliance tabs that change color. These color changes tell the doctor whether or not they’re being worn properly. Invisalign Teen also provides 6 replacement trays free of charge, where the adult version of Invisalign doesn’t offer free replacements. Most children are motivated by the aesthetic appeal of Invisalign…and the threat of having to go into the not-so-attractive conventional wire braces.