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Children’s Choice proudly offers pediatric and preventive dentistry for children. We offer comprehensive preventative dental care options. Our teams work with parents and caregivers to understand the importance of primary teeth, schedule a child’s first visit, the benefits of sealants and fluoride supplements, and more!

The Importance of Dental Care 

Our goal is to prevent cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) to help your child stay healthy. Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States (even more than asthma). Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.

  • About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.1
  • 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.1
  • Children aged 5 to 19 years from low-income families are twice as likely (25%) to have cavities, compared with children from higher-income households (11%).1

Diagnostic Care

Children's Choice Dental Care locations provide routine and emergency exams as part of our comprehensive dental care services for children. We utilize the Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in our consults.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that the first visit should take place within 6 months after the first tooth appears or no later than the child’s first birthday. Children's Choice provides preventive and specialty care services for children as young as 1 year of age.

An integral part of our education is concerned with the medical and dental health of patients with special needs. Children with significant medical, mental, or physical disabilities often present unique challenges to dentists. Our training allows us to address their special needs and provide the best possible professional care.

Preventive Care

Preventive dental care is essential in reducing the risk of cavities!

Professional dental cleanings (aka prophylaxis) help keep teeth free from plaque build-up and allow our dentists to monitor your child's overall oral health. This helps to prevent future issues like gum disease and tooth decay.

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adhere to the chewing surface of your child's back teeth. Sealants help to keep teeth clean by temporarily filling in grooves on teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.

Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child's dental health. In October 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released a report on the importance of sealants for school-aged children, of which only 43% of children ages 6-11 have. According to the CDC, "school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants."

Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay. Fluoride helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and reverses early signs of tooth decay. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, the fluoride is applied to the surface of your teeth. This provides what is called a "topical" benefit.

Teeth are essential for biting and chewing food. A patient's diet is directly correlated and contributes to physical growth and oral health. Vitamins and water are important in building strong teeth and a healthy immune system.  Proper diet and nutrition in addition to avoiding sugary drinks and foods which do not contain substantial nutrients are essential to maintaining overall health.

Our Choice dentists pay close attention to our patient’s nutritional status, since oral health and eating are so linked.

Sedation Care

Our goal is to provide infants, children, and teens everywhere access to the care they need. Our pediatric specialists, associate providers, and care teams are dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care in a fun and engaging environment.

We understand that dental care can be a frightening experience for children, despite best efforts. And for patients with special needs, dental care under sedation is often the safest option for treatment.

For more information about our specialty care services, contact our Anesthesia team at anesthesia@mychildrenschoice.com.

Children who experience mild anxiety and some children with special needs may respond positively to care with the use of nitrous oxide (aka "laughing gas"). Nitrous oxide is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. It can reduce anxiety, gagging, and make appointments more bearable for your child. Our Choice care teams are trained to deliver comprehensive care to patients with behavioral challenges and special needs in a setting dedicated to children's and teens' care needs.

For patients with more complex care needs, IV Sedation is offered in Choice clinics with specialized training and certification per guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Sedative medication is administered by our licensed medical anesthesiologists while our dentist completes the recommended treatment plan all in one visit.

In practical terms, anesthesia is often the most comfortable option for children who may have extreme apprehension, disabilities, or extensive treatment needs. Our care is supported by anesthesiologists who are as committed to your child’s comfort and safety as we are. Anesthesia services are provided by board-certified physician anesthesiologists.

Restorative Care

We choose the best and safest materials and equipment for our patients' the oral health care.

Dental amalgam is what is commonly known as “silver” fillings. It's a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Amalgam fillings are called “silver” fillings because their appearance resembles that of silver, even though it has no silver.

Studies show that amalgam releases low levels of mercury in the form of vapor, and these vapor particles can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs and absorbed into the body. It is also known that high levels of exposure to mercury vapor are associated with adverse effects in the kidneys and the brain.

At Children's Choice, we provide quality care without mercury-silver fillings for a number of reasons.

  • Appearance: Non-metal fillings such as composite resin fillings match the color of your teeth and look far more natural. This is especially important when fixing front teeth.
  • Strength: Non-metal fillings bond directly to the tooth, making the tooth itself stronger than those with amalgam fillings and preventing future fractures.
  • Durability: Non-metal fillings allow for more tooth structure to be preserved, which means less drilling, discomfort, and noise!
  • Protection: Metal fillings are more prone to toothaches because they are more sensitive to heat and cold foods or drinks. Metal-free fillings tend to cause less sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

Oral Surgery

We provide surgical care to help optimize your child’s oral health. From baby teeth to decayed teeth or wisdom teeth, we offer treatment solutions to meet your family’s needs.

Invisalign®

Select Children’s Choice locations offer Invisalign (the invisible braces) as orthodontic care options. Should your child need more extensive orthodontic care, we partner with Premier Orthodontics for comprehensive orthodontic care.