Pediatric Dentistry

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Children need good oral hygiene

Pediatric Dentistry

Children are more susceptible to dental problems because of their love for sweets and lack of understanding in the importance of dental health. While some parents may think that oral hygiene isn’t that important since children will just lose their milk teeth and grow permanent ones anyway. Good oral health is necessary to ensure the health of the new teeth coming into the mouth environment. Teaching children to take care of their teeth and the rest of their body educates them to be responsible for their health. They will bring this attitude well into adulthood.

Dental cleaning for children

However, apart from teaching your kids to brush and floss their teeth, it is also ideal to introduce them to dental care. When you bring your children to Dr. Ben Kacos, he will not just take a look in their mouths. He will give them a thorough examination on their teeth and gums and observe their jaw development.

In our clinic, Dr. Ben provides the following dental procedures for children:

  1. Dental Cleaning – Children need professional dental cleaning every six months to ensure that plaque doesn’t build up and form into tartar (calculus). Our dental hygienists will remove all of the plaque and calculus in your child’s teeth to keep it clean and free from infection.
  2. Oral Hygiene Education – Dr. Ben Kacos will give you and your children proper dental hygiene instructions. These will serve as an in-home dental care guide to prevent oral problems.
  3. X-Rays – Children have rapidly changing teeth and regular X-rays will help our dental team see if there are any concerns about newly erupting teeth or tooth decay. If your children are going to wear orthodontic braces, they will need an X-ray for our dental team to fit the braces on their teeth.
  4. Tooth Sealants – To prevent chewing surfaces of the teeth from getting cavities, tooth sealants are placed on top of them. These are colorless plastic materials that protect the grooves of the teeth from collecting food residue and trapping bacteria.
  5. Tooth Fillings – These are tooth-colored materials used to fix chipped, broken, or fractured teeth. These are also used to fill in decayed teeth that have been hollowed out after dental treatment.
  6. Crowns – Crowns are alternatives to fillings, but these are most ideal to use when there is extensive damage or fracture on a tooth or several adjacent teeth. These are more durable than fillings and come in different types to fit different dental conditions.
  7. Root Canal Treatment – Prolonged tooth decay can get to the inner parts of the tooth and create a cavity deep enough to reach the pulp. The pulp is directly connected to the nerve ending of the tooth, and once exposed, the tooth becomes more sensitive to heat and cold, causing pain whenever eating or drinking. When all other procedures can no longer fix the problem, Dr. Ben will recommend a root canal treatment to remove the pulp. After this is done, the tooth will no longer have any sensation and the cavity will be filled to prevent further decay from spreading.
  8. Tooth Extraction – A milk tooth may need to be extracted if the permanent tooth is already erupting and the baby tooth has not yet loosened, the tooth has been compromised by decay, or the patient requires orthodontic braces.
  9. Space Maintainers – When a milk tooth falls out ahead of time and the permanent tooth is not erupting anytime soon, a space maintainer is recommended to keep the space between the teeth for the permanent tooth. Without space maintainers, the adjacent teeth may shift into the vacant space and cause the permanent tooth to erupt at a crooked angle.
  10. Sedation Dentistry – Children are often afraid of visiting the dentist. To help kids stay relaxed and cooperative while undergoing a dental procedure, we provide two types of sedation dentistry. First is the nitrous oxide sedation (or laughing gas) which relaxes the patient. This is ideal for children with sensitive gag reflexes. The second option is conscious sedation, which can keep children from fidgeting during dental procedures. This also helps to reduce anxiety and fear.

How to Schedule a Pediatric Dental Visit

You may schedule an appointment for pediatric examination in our dental clinic by calling us at (318) 869-2593. Our clinic is also open on the following schedule:

Monday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit us during any of those times. Our dental team will be more than happy to assist with your child’s dental needs.

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