Services

Children's Dentistry

Dr. Desai and her staff would love to welcome kids from four years old to adolescence. Our goal is for them to have a pleasant dental experience. From infancy to age three we refer to a “pediatric dentist” who specializes in caring for that specific age group. If this is your child’s first visit we would like to give you and your child a tour of our office and introduce them to the Sandy the hygienist and Dr. Desai.

In order to improve the chances of your child having a positive experience in our office, we are selective in the use of words. We try to avoid using words that may scare the child due to previous experiences. We ask you to please support us by NOT USING negative words that are often used for dental care.

DON'T USE

  • Needle or Shot
  • Drill
  • Drill on tooth
  • Pull or Yank a tooth
  • Decay, Cavity
  • Examination
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Explorer

OUR EQUIVALENT

  • Sleepy Juice
  • Mr. Whistle
  • Tickle a tooth
  • Wiggle a tooth
  • Sugar bug
  • Count teeth
  • Polish your teeth
  • Tooth counter


Why Are Baby Teeth So Important?
Primary teeth are important because they help with proper chewing and eating, help in speech development, and add to an attractive appearance. A child who can chew easily, speak clearly, and smile confidently is a happier child. Healthy primary teeth allow normal development of the jaw bones and muscles, save space for the permanent teeth, and guide them into place. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, permanent teeth may come in crooked. Decayed baby teeth can cause pain, abscesses, infections, and can spread to the permanent teeth. Also, your child's general health can be affected if diseased baby teeth aren't treated. Remember, some primary molars are not replaced until age 10-14, so they must last for years.

What About Preventative Care?
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand-in-hand. At our office, we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in sealant technology to protect your child's teeth. Dental sealants are protective covering that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone permanent back teeth. This is just one of the ways we will set the foundation for your child's lifetime of good oral health.
You and Dr. Desai may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed.  Others may have advanced periodontal disease or are broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Desai will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth. Surgical extractions are typically referred to the oral surgeon who specializes with these types of procedures.


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