Parental involvement in their child's oral health helps prevent tooth decay--the number one chronic health problem in American children. The staff at Hill Dental teaches children and parents that parents must brush the toddler's teeth for them and supervise brushing at least up to the age of 8. Twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled brush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste is the rule, and parents must realize that young children do not have the dexterity to brush and floss by themselves.
Additionally, pediatric dentists often recommend fluoride treatments and plastic sealants for young teeth-particularly molars that have intricately-grooved chewing surfaces. These simple "painted-on" dental materials quickly and comfortably provide protection against decay, and for adults, fluoride reduces dental sensitivity.
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Digital x-rays use less radiation and produce images faster than traditional x-rays, reducing the amount of radiation exposure your child receives. They also produce superior quality images, enhancing our ability to detect cavities and other issues.
Prophy, or professional cleaning is a necessary part of good dental health. We include a cleaning as part of your child's regular dental check-up to remove harmful tartar and plaque from their teeth. Most children do not mind cleanings because the process is not painful and is over quickly.
Dental sealants are widely used to protect teeth from decay. Sealants are plastic coatings that are placed over your child's teeth to keep them from developing decay. The sealant is inserted into the pits and fissures and over the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent particles of food from being trapped in the tooth. Sealants are safe and non-toxic.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to strengthen the enamel and prevent cavities. Although most tap water contains added fluoride, bottled water does not. The American Dental Association recommends that to provide maximum protection, children should begin receiving fluoride treatments as soon as their teeth begin to emerge. At Hills Dental we recommend fluoride treatments for children of all ages. Children at high risk of developing cavities may require more frequent treatments. The treatment is painless and takes very little time.
Composite fillings use white synthetic resin to fill cavities. The resin is very strong, easy to work with, and blends perfectly with the existing tooth. These versatile fillings can be used to save a badly decayed tooth without the need of a crown, saving you money.
Stainless steel crowns are extremely strong crowns made from a steel alloy. They are used when a damaged or decayed tooth needs to be replaced without extraction. We offer stainless steel crowns as an option when parents want to save a child's tooth with a durable replacement.
Baby root canals, or pulpotomies, are used to save baby teeth that have become damaged or decayed and are at risk of developing infection. We remove the pulp from the baby tooth and replace it with a medicated filling. The tooth will remain healthy until it falls out naturally when your child grows older.
For anxious children or for children who are very sensitive to pain we recommend nitrous oxide sedation. This safe and proven sedative has been used for over 100 years to help patients stay calm.
When it is impossible for us to save a child's tooth, we will recommend the tooth be extracted to reduce infection risk and damage to the remaining teeth.
If one or more of your child's baby teeth are lost prematurely we can provide a space maintainer to help their adult teeth grow into their proper alignments and locations.
If your child plays sports it is vital to protect their teeth from injury with a mouth guard. Ideally, your child should wear a guard for all sports, but it is especially important for them to wear one for high-impact sports such as football, hockey, rollerblading, and skateboarding. Our guards are custom-made to fit your child's teeth perfectly without discomfort.