We Care About Kids!
Dr. Hale strives to make children of all ages feel at ease and enjoy themselves, so bring the whole family along! You can rest assured your child will receive the latest advancements in children’s dentistry, delivered with caring, thoughtfulness, and compassion. We encourage the proper dental care habits in children and enjoy teaching them how to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. We look forward to seeing them for their first visit with us when they are around two years old and watching them grow year after year.
One of our goals is to make sure that this and future generations of children grow up without a fear of the dental office. According to our many happy parents, we are doing just that! Our office is a relaxed and happy place that children love to visit. Whether you have an active six-year-old or a scared three-year-old, we are here to help you.
Choosing Your Child’s Dentist is Like Choosing Their Pediatrician
Instilling good habits early, in an environment that’s comfortable and fun, is essential for a lifetime of good oral health. Children’s teeth can be very susceptible to cavities at a young age due to many factors. Because they are not able to brush well on their own, it is important for parents to be involved in their child’s daily dental care. This ensures both thorough cleaning and the development of proper dental habits.
Little kids tend to eat more often during the day (grazing). This results in a prolonged exposure to acid (every time you eat you make acid), which may cause more cavities. A tooth that is not as clean as it should be contributes to additional acid production and exposure. This acid often speeds up the development of cavities. The good news is that identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with applying a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can significantly reduce the chance of your child having a cavity.
Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
We know that children often don’t do a very good job of brushing their teeth. This even applies to adults too! Even meticulous brushing often may not reach the deep grooves in the back teeth. This results in bacteria, acids, and plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once the tooth has decay, it is damaged permanently and will need a filling or crown.
What if there was a way to help prevent all this from happening? Fortunately, there is! The application of dental sealants will do the trick. After the tooth (or teeth) is cleaned and sterilized, a thin plastic coating is applied. This is usually white or clear in color. A curing light is applied to the sealant to bond it into place. The whole procedure takes just a few minutes. There are no shots or drills or removal of any tooth structure. It’s totally harmless.
No More Cavities – Ever! Is This Even Possible?
Cavities are caused by a bacterial infection known as “caries.” This infection is not only treatable, but preventable. Dr. Hale uses the CariFree™ program. CariFree was developed to help patients become cavity-free by assessing risks for dental disease, diagnosing the presence of the bacterial caries infection that causes cavities, and treating the infection using preventive medical techniques.
Dr. Hale would much rather help patients prevent cavities than have to fill them, and the CariFree program has been effective in doing just that. During your visit you will receive a “caries risk assessment.” We will evaluate whether you have factors present that can put you at risk for decay. You will then be given at-home instructions and the products needed to keep you and your family cavity free.
Worried About Knocking Out a Tooth?
Did you know that 5 million teeth are knocked out each year in the United States alone? Many sports can be dangerous without the proper protection. The one-size-fits-all mouthguards found in stores just don’t fit very well. Wearing these, proper breathing can be difficult while running during sports. On the other hand, custom-made sports mouthguards fit well, protect well, and can be worn for any sport. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: Acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shotputting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling.