Regular dental exams and checkups are just as important as your child’s medical checkups. They help us stay on the lookout for the earliest signs of decay or damage. We also check all soft tissues for signs of trouble, including oral cancer.
Digital and Panoramic X-Rays
Using panoramic x-rays and intraoral cameras, you and your child get to see exactly what the doctor is doing in there. Together, we can spot cavities or other damage, check for jaw alignment and evenness and make sure everything is top-notch in your child’s mouth. Using this diagnostic technology gives us a clear overview of the whole mouth, including whether the child needs braces, has TMJ issues, and checks the position of wisdom teeth. We also check for other problems like abscesses and extra or missing teeth. We hang on to digital images and send you copies, so we have an accurate health picture year-to-year. An added bonus is that digital x-rays expose your child to less radiation than traditional x-rays. Doesn’t that give you peace of mind?
No, the DIAGNOdent is not a modern dinosaur. It’s a special diagnostic laser that can detect decay at its earliest stages. Imagine! With the DIAGNOdent, we sometimes discover cavities so early we can simply remove them!
Like spy gear designed to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth, these pen-sized cameras allow us to show our pint-sized patients super-enlarged images of all their teeth – even molars – on a chair-side screen. This lets your child see exactly what is happening in his or her mouth; and we get to teach them a thing or two about fighting cavities.
Great smiles start with keeping teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria, plaque, tartar and other buildup. We want your little one’s smile to be healthy and bright. That’s why we encourage consistent and regularly scheduled visits. Every visit, we will evaluate the health of your child’s mouth, teeth and gums; and thoroughly clean and polish his or her teeth in order to remove calculus, stains, and plaque. Your child will love showing off his or her smile.
Oral Hygiene Education
Our hygienists will recommend the right tools and provide the instruction your child needs to keep their teeth healthy. We have fun, educational dental models to teach you and your child how to brush properly and show problem areas that need focusing on.
Keeping up with your child’s fluoride treatments can help prevent cavities. Tooth decay is a serious problem for kids. In fact, studies show it’s the most chronic disease among children ages 5 to 17. Fluoride protects their pearly whites, making them far more resistant to acids and decay.
Custom designed mouthguards from Kid Island Dental help cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. They also may reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.
Plus, unlike over-the-counter, boil-and-bite guards, our sports mouthguards fit more comfortably so your child will want to keep them in! More than 3.5 million young athletes are injured while playing sports each year. Don’t let your child be part of those statistics!
If your child loses a tooth before the adult tooth is ready to replace it, we will place a custom space maintainer to keep the other baby teeth from drifting into the space for a new tooth. Preserving space for the new, adult tooth is crucial for allowing the permanent tooth to come in properly, plus it’s part of a healthy smile.