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What if my child’s dental situation requires more intense treatment in a hospital setting?

To address these challenges and meet treatment needs effectively, pediatric dentists, like Dr. Davis, have developed and employ a variety of management techniques, including accessing anesthesia services and/or the provision of dental care in a hospital setting with or without general anesthesia. Hospital dentistry is an integral part of what Dr. Davis can offer to pediatric patients. Dr. Davis is trained, experienced, and qualified to recognize the needs for such kind of care.

What kind of dental challenges, left untreated, may permanently affect my child’s development?

Pediatric dentists often treat patients who present special challenges related to their age, medical status, developmental disabilities, intellectual limitations, or special needs. Caries, periodontal disease, and other oral conditions, if left untreated, can lead to pain, infection, and loss of function. These undesirable outcomes can adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition, and other activities necessary for normal growth and development. Additionally, many medical conditions (such as treatment of blood disorders or tumors) are compounded by the presence of oral maladies and disease.

Will you use sedation on my child?

Our practice typically uses nitrous oxide (N20) for our in-office procedures. Nitrous oxide is a gas that children breathe in through a mask and has no color or scent. It offers relaxation in less than a minute, and pain- decreasing effects in 2-3 minutes. It has no negative long-term effects, and children should be able to resume their regular activities quickly.

Why does my child need a dental sealant?

Dental sealants help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Adults do not usually receive sealants because by the time a person reaches adulthood, they have ingested enough fluoride to help prevent cavities through water, toothpaste, and foods. Children are at a higher risk for cavities, and sealants have been shown to be highly effective in combating tooth decay. .. Learn More

How do you get too much fluoride?

Young children (2-to-4-years-old) who are just learning to brush are often not able to rinse out their toothpaste thoroughly. Consequently, they ingest a good bit of toothpaste, and if the toothpaste contains fluoride, this can be harmful. This is a main contributor to developing fluorosis. .. Learn More

What’s your strategy with fluoride?

Many parents are concerned about the use of fluoride for their children’s teeth, because they have read contradictory reports on whether it is helpful or harmful. What parents need to know is that fluoride is an element that has been proven beneficial to teeth when used in the right amounts. Too much or too little can both be problematic. .. Learn More

Are x-rays harmful to my child?

X-rays are a crucial component of your child’s dental health management. They are a quick, simple, and effective way of detecting erupting teeth or bone diseases, and they provide an accurate picture when evaluating the results of an injury or planning orthodontic treatment. .. Learn More

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has attended dental school to practice general dentistry, and has spent additional years of specialized training in pediatrics. Pediatric dentists are the best choice to treat children because of their additional training, knowledge, and experience with children. Pediatric dentists are trained in the growth and development of children’s teeth from infancy through their teen years.

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