Preventive

Fluoride treatment: Fluoride has been proven to be an effective treatment in preventing tooth decay.  It also helps prevent plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in a dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, your child may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.                  

BPA-free sealantsSealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and Dr. Hannah will recommend them based on your child’s examination. Sealants have been proven to give your child's teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities. As a conscious effort to always provide the safest products and materials for your child, our sealants are BPA-free.

MouthguardsProtecting your child’s mouth while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect the teeth and gums from injury. If your child participates in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that he or she wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential and it is important to discuss with your dentist when choosing the right one to protect your child’s smile.

Nightguards: If your child often wakes up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you see your child clenching or grinding his or her teeth, your child may have a common condition called “bruxism”.  If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.  Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. They can be custom-made to fit your child’s top or bottom arch and prevent contact with the opposing teeth.

Space maintenanceSometimes cavities or injuries lead to a loss of a primary tooth before the permanent tooth beneath it is ready to erupt. If your child loses a tooth prematurely we may recommend a space maintainer. The space maintainer helps prevent the nearby teeth from shifting into the vacant space. Once the spacer is in place, the eruption of the permanent tooth is monitored and when the time is right, the spacer is removed. If space maintenance is required Dr. Hannah will review the best option for your child.

Habit Breaking appliances/CounselingVery often, children may develop a habit such as thumb sucking or pacifier sucking that can lead to unwanted changes in the dentition and jaw shape.  If these habits persist, they may lead to some changes that will require long term dental treatment to correct.  With the aid of specific habit breaking appliances and counseling, your child’s oral habit can be addressed to help prevent any unwanted dental changes.