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
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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.