'We treat children of all ages, depending on their level of comfort. If we cannot provide for them, we will refer them to a qualified specialist. The earlier you bring your child into the office the more likely it is for them to feel comfortable in a dental office environment.
Children need to feel comfortable at a dental office. You can help by preparing your child calmly for an office visit. If you are fearful, your child will become fearful, and that inhibits us from giving dental care. Please do not make promises or talk too much about what we will do for them until we assess your child’s condition. Plan to have fun conversations and bring along things to distract them. Your help can make all the difference in your child’s experience!
We are always willing to have a parent join a child in the operatory, but, from our experience, the child is more likely to maintain a peaceful temperament if the parent is willing to wait in the waiting room. The best thing a parent can do to promote a good at home oral hygiene is to lead by example. Brush your teeth with them, show them how to floss. You are the largest determinant of their behavior. Show them how it's done!
What is Fluoride? Is it Harmful to My Child? There are a lot of opinions out there in regards to fluoride. Here at Dublin Woods we believe that the research shows that your child will benefit greatly from the application of fluoride to their teeth during their adolescents. Fluoride is a compound added to toothpaste and some water supplies. It helps strengthen the enamel of your children's teeth and prevent tooth decay. In rare cases fluoride, in very large quantities, can be harmful however, the amount of fluoride needed to be consumed in order to have any negative effects is very large. In order for someone to experience these negative effects they would have to be exposed to much more fluoride than that which would be present in toothpaste, water, or bi annual routine dental visits. If you are a parent who would prefer your child not be given fluoride during their routine visits we are happy to accommodate your needs! We just ask that you let us know so we may alert your child's chart appropriately. What are Dental Sealants? Dental sealants (also termed pit and fissure sealants, or simply fissure sealants) are a dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay. Our back teeth (mainly our molars) have deep fissures and grooves on the biting services. Sealants are a liquid composite material that is placed in these grooves and then cured to a hard material to fill these pits to prevent food from being trapped there. This prevents decay from initiating on this surface. This ensures that during your children's adolescent years we are doing everything we can to prevent tooth decay.