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Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Teaching your kids the right way to take care of their smile is very important. We would be glad to give both you & your child the oral hygiene education you need in order to keep you clean & cavity-free.

Begin daily brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth erupts. A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it. By age 4 or 5, children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day, with supervision, until about age 7, in order to make sure they are doing a thorough job. However, each child’s progress will be different. Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer & chewing surfaces. When teaching children to brush, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Start along the gum line with a soft bristle brush in a gentle circular motion. Brush the outer surfaces of every tooth, both upper & lower. Repeat the same method on the inside surfaces & chewing surfaces of all the teeth. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath & remove bacteria.

Flossing removes plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You may wish to floss the child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone. Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around the middle fingers of both hands. Hold the floss lightly between the thumbs & forefingers. Use a gentle, back-&-forth motion to guide the floss between the teeth. Curve the floss into a C-shape & slide it into the space between the gum & tooth until you feel resistance. Gently scrape the floss against the side of the tooth. Repeat this procedure on each tooth. Don’t forget behind the four teeth in the back!

These oral hygiene tips are important, especially for your kids. By educating them at a younger age, they’ll have the correct knowledge to provide them with a lifetime of excellent dental health! Call us for your appointment & consultation today!

Children’s Tooth Decay & Repair

For small cavities in primary molars, simple fillings may be all that is necessary. However, in the case of large cavities, enough of the tooth may have been lost that a filling may not be enough. In cases like this, a pediatric stainless steel crown is placed to maintain the tooth & its space-maintaining function until the tooth would normally be lost. Primary front teeth may be restored with tooth-colored filling material or a stainless steel crown with tooth-colored material as a facing to improve the appearance. The severity of the tooth decay will help us determine which treatment is best.

Digital X-rays

We offer in-office digital x-rays for your convenience. Digital x-rays are computer-generated images that require up to 90% less radiation than with conventional film-type x-rays. Instead of using the traditional silver-oxide x-ray film that must be developed & then fixed in caustic & environmentally damaging solutions, the new system takes pictures via a small electronic sensor & instantaneously transmits a picture of the tooth onto the video monitor in the treatment room. Therefore, we can see your teeth & surrounding structures immediately.

Emergency Dental Care

We recognize that dental emergency situations do arise, & we will do our best to respond to your problem promptly. Whether it is something as simple as a tooth filling or a complicated procedure, we can provide you with assistance. Please give us a call.

Infant Dental Care

It’s never too early to begin providing your child with dental care, especially when you consider that half of children ages 5 through 9 have already had at least one cavity. That’s why we recommend an oral health consultation visit by age 1. Our goal is to establish a relationship of trust & gentleness with your infant, so we’re happy to treat your child while he or she sits in your lap. Beginning dental care early is a great way to ensure optimal dental health for many years to come!

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is the revolutionary way to help you get even, straight teeth without noticeable, painful metal braces. Virtually undetectable, Invisalign® aligners are made of strong, clear plastic that gradually guide your teeth into perfect alignment. Unlike metal braces, they have no wires or brackets. Tooth impressions are made, from which Invisalign® develops customized aligners that will slide directly over your teeth. Aligners are typically worn full-time (except when eating or drinking) for 6-48 months—no longer than you would wear traditional metal braces. Aligners are replaced every two weeks as your teeth shift into place.

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Invisalign® Teen

Straight teeth can do a lot for a teenager’s self-confidence, but many are embarrassed by traditional metal braces. With Invisalign® Teen, they can get a perfect smile using nearly invisible aligners. As the teeth shift into place, we’ll craft new aligners, and we’ll even make getting replacements easier, since we know teens tend to be accident-prone. These aligners will also feature wear-indicator buttons, so the doctor and the patient can be certain a schedule is being properly adhered to.

Preventive Dentistry

This includes our regular dental hygiene visits, sealants, mouthguards & patient/parent education. We place a high emphasis on sealants, which are effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. This plastic coating, which is clear or tooth-colored, is applied to deep pits & grooves. This seals them in the areas where decay is most likely to begin. At less than half the cost of conventional fillings, without anesthetics or drilling, sealants are one of the most important preventive services we offer.

Regular Dental Hygiene Visits For Your Child

Dental check-ups on a regular basis are a very important part of maintaining your child’s teeth & establishing good habits for diet & home care. The frequency of your visits to Branchview Dental Care is based upon your child’s needs & oral health. During your visit, we will update the medical history, check your child’s teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions & diet & evaluate your child for developing orthodontic needs. Fluoride treatments are provided & home fluoride rinses or tablets are prescribed when needed & appropriate.

Sealants & Fluoride Treatments

Tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities, can be a significant problem for children as well as adults. There are numerous factors that lead to tooth decay & there are many ways to prevent it. With the use of sealants, we can cover the deep grooves in your back teeth & extend their life while helping to prevent cavities.

Space Maintainers For Children

If a primary molar is lost early, a space maintainer will be necessary to hold that space open until the permanent tooth is ready to come through. In some cases, the space maintainer may be needed for as long as ten years. Without space maintainers, crowding & the need for braces is almost always the end result.

State of the Art Antiseptic Procedures

Our sterilization procedures meet the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. We heat-sterilize all handpieces & instruments after each use. We use disposable gloves, masks, eye protection & barrier covers at all times. Our patients’ safety is our top priority.

Your Comfort is Our First Priority

Our number one priority is patient comfort. Our team will do our very best to make sure that we exceed your expectations, and we are happy to help you achieve a beautiful smile in our comfortable, warm and friendly environment. Each room has a television and individual headphones to ensure that you are relaxed while you receive the dental care you deserve. We also offer blankets and neck pillows for your comfort.