At Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry, we are specialists in treating children who suffer from dental anxiety and fear. Kids are often scared when they come to the dentist because they’re not sure what’s going to happen at their appointment, and they are worried about pain, shots, and other intimidating elements of dental care.
That’s why we take special care to provide child-friendly dental care in Cypress and the surrounding areas. Dr. Julia and Dr. Chun are both board-certified pediatric dentists, and can treat patients of all kinds, even kids with special needs. Using the latest technology, child-friendly strategies, and sedation dentistry, we can ensure your child gets the dental care they need. Contact us now for an appointment.
More than 60% of dental patients of all ages experience fear related to visiting the dentist.
To begin with, we’ll discuss your child’s fears and anxieties with you and with them, and learn about any past negative experiences they may have had with dentists. This lets Dr. Julia or Dr. Chun learn more about the unique challenges facing your little one.
We use a child-friendly approach to dental care that involves explaining different steps of the procedure, using language that keeps your child feeling safe, and behavior management techniques that keep your child from feeling overwhelmed or scared during their treatment.
We also offer sedation for kids, including minimal sedation with laughing gas, IV and oral conscious sedation, and even general anesthesia. Depending on the extent of your child’s anxiety, sedation may be recommended during their appointment.
Whether or not you opt for sedation, your child will get expert dental care from Dr. Julia or Dr. Chun. You are welcome to remain in the room with your child to make sure they feel comfortable while they get treatment.
As pediatric specialists, Dr. Chun and Dr. Julia can perform common treatments like fillings quickly, and make sure your child gets the dental care they need to keep their smile healthy and strong.
There are many different ways that our dental team can minimize discomfort and keep your child feeling comfortable. We are fully trained on child-friendly care techniques and take an informative approach to dental care, so that your child can understand what’s happening during their appointment at Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry.
Our dental team also uses advanced tools and techniques to deliver local anesthesia and numbing injections, ensuring your child’s mouth is completely numb during their procedure. Even if your child is afraid of needles, we can numb their mouth properly and keep them comfortable.
Both Dr. Julia and Dr. Chun are board-certified pediatric dentists, and have received advanced training in sedation, special needs dentistry, hospital dentistry, and other such subjects. Thanks to this depth of expertise, your child will be in good hands at our office.
If your child complains of a tender or sore tooth that seems sensitive to chewing, hot or cold foods and drinks, or sugary foods, they may have a cavity. You may even be able to see visual signs of tooth decay. Look for brown or black spots or visible holes or pits in the tooth. If you notice these issues, contact your child’s dentist right away for an appointment.
Food that’s good for your child’s body is usually good for their teeth, too. Fibrous vegetables like broccoli, whole grains, milk, yogurt, lean meats, and fresh fruits are all great for growing teeth.
You should avoid overly-processed and sugary or starchy foods like chips, cookies, gummy candies, fruit juice, and soda. The bacteria that cause decay love to feed on simple starches and sugar, so these can contribute to the risk of cavities.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps “remineralize” and strengthen teeth that have been affected by minor decay. Your child’s dentist will likely recommend fluoride treatments during their regular dental checkups, but your child can also benefit from using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Making regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste a habit can keep your child’s smile bright for years to come.
At-home dental care is important for your child’s oral health, but so is a regular visit with your child’s dentist. Seeing a dentist every 6 months helps you catch potential issues like cavities early, and avoid further dental health problems. In the long run, this can save you a lot of time and money, so make sure that you and your child visit the dentist consistently to get the oral care they need.
Tooth decay is the most common childhood illness.
Pediatric dentists are not the same as “family dentists.” While family dentists treat patients of all ages, pediatric dentists are specially-trained and exclusively treat children, which usually includes patients up to the age of 18. Pediatric dentists must undergo at least 2-3 years of pediatric training after obtaining their dental degree (DMD or DDS).
Through this additional training, doctors learn how to interact with kids, provide care in a friendly, unintimidating way, and catch dental issues early. If you choose a pediatric dentist for your child, you can be sure that they are getting the best possible care tailored to them.
The most common issue, by far, is tooth decay (cavities). 42% of kids between the ages of 2-11 will develop at least one cavity in a baby tooth. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is less common, but can still affect kids if they are not practicing proper oral hygiene habits. Oral developmental problems with baby teeth and adult teeth can also be a concern, so it’s important to see a dentist regularly to make sure your child’s mouth is developing properly.
The best way to protect your child from cavities is proper at-home oral care. Make sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. You will likely need to floss for your child until they can do it properly on their own. In addition, make sure they maintain a diet low in sugary foods and beverages, and see their pediatric dentist for an appointment every six months.
Your child should get an ortho screening by the age of 7. Even if there are no obvious issues with their oral development, getting an orthodontic screening from a pediatric dentist or orthodontist can ensure that their mouths are developing properly. And, in the case that your dentist notices an issue, they can use interceptive orthodontics (phase 1 orthodontics) to resolve the issue, and potentially reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later in your child’s life.
A knocked out adult tooth can be saved!