It seems like one of the most frequent questions I get is “do you treat children?”.
The answer is: absolutely! We love our young patients and will see them at any age. We use the same gentle techniques that we use for adults. If we do find decay in a child’s tooth, we can remove the decay and place a tooth-colored filling. We can usually remove their cavities without any anesthetic while they watch TV. We really enjoy pediatric dentistry and feel great about showing children that it does not have to be scary going to the dentist.
Sealants are an effective preventative treatment to help prevent fissure decay. Beware though, as not all sealants are the same. We use an extremely moisture tolerant sealant ( Fuji Triage Glass Ionomer) that forms a very strong acid resistant bond. Moisture is a reason why so many conventional resin sealants fail or get decay underneath them.
In our pediatric dental exams, we examine the child’s airway. This is extremely important because it can affect their breathing which in turn can negatively affect hyperactivity behavior, orthodontic development, and facial development. A properly working airway is a big deal. Young children should not be snoring, breathing with their mouth open while sleeping or breathing loudly. If allowed to continue, these things can cause very detrimental developmental problems with a child’s growth and development.
Call (361) 573-7722 today and schedule a pediatric dental appointment!
Tongue Ties can be subtle (Grade 1 – primarily posterior) or obvious ( Grade 4). Either way, they will have an impact on a child’s arch development. Lack of arch development in width, but especially in an anterior direction will have a negative impact on the child’s airway size which will, in turn, decrease deep sleep and prevent the tongue from functioning up and forward in the palate which is what drives the expansive growth of the dental arches.
Deep sleep is when growth hormone is typically released. Disrupted sleep in children is also associated with behavior issues and ADHD to name a few.
It is important to recognize and treat issues like tongue ties that contribute to jaws that just do not grow large enough for the tongue and therefore are also associated with sleep-disordered breathing issues like sleep apnea later in life.
Ideal tongue tie treatment involves first working with a myofunctional therapist who can help patients retrain the tongue to function up and forward in the palate like it is supposed to do so that it drives proper orthopedic dental arch development. Then the tie release is done, typically with a laser in a fairly brief procedure.
Below is a questionnaire for parents to answer about their child. The more answers that are checked, the higher the possibility that the child may have a breathing disorder that can affect their sleep, facial and cognitive development. The next step would be to schedule them with our Victoria dental office or someone else with extensive education on pediatric disordered breathing.
The questions below all have to do with pediatric breathing issues. The more that are “yes” with your child, the more likely it is that they have an issue with breathing while sleeping. In our practice, we are very interested in our patients’ overall health.
Orthodontic treatment can be an important part of managing the health problems caused by sleep and breathing disorders.
If your child has never been to a dental office, please call today to schedule. We find that if your child is comfortable with their environment, we can often circumvent the need for sedation. We help the child become comfortable with our office with a “happy visit” if they are very young or apprehensive. Our primary goal during the happy visit is to meet the child, let him or her get to know us and the equipment that we use.
If your child is in need of a children’s dentist in Victoria, TX please call us at (361) 573-7722.
Imagine that you have a granite counter top, its very hard and slick. You put some plain Elmers glue on there. You scrape it and it will come right off, right?
Now if you had a special drill and you drilled 50 tiny holes on that same spot and then let your Elmers glue run into those holes and set up, you will not be able to remove that glue. This is how resin based composite sticks, it runs into pores in the tooth’s enamel that we create with an acid.
Now back to the granite counter top with pre-drilled little holes. If you now fill those holes with water, wipe your counter and then try to get your glue to stick it will now pop off again because the glue cannot run down into the little holes because they are full of moisture.
When any moisture gets onto the tooth surface while trying to bond a resin sealant, this is exactly what happens. (If you would like to see what pictures of a failed resin sealant look like click here on my air abrasion page here.) The little pores are totally or partially filled with moisture and the bond to the tooth is very weak. Let me tell you that on the young kids that typically have sealants, they are little saliva factories and if a hygienist is attempting to do them by herself, it is challenging if not almost impossible in my opinion to keep all of the teeth dry enough to achieve the proper bond that we talked about earlier. So, now after reading this you are probably skeptical and maybe a little alarmed about sealants, right? Well don’t be, because there is a material that addresses the moisture-bond issue and some others.
In my dental office here in Victoria, I do all of my patients sealants myself and the material we use is a Glass Ionomer. This material is actually moisture tolerant and it bonds in a totally different manner. It actually forms an ionic bond to the minerals in the tooth structure. This bond is also acid resistant, which is another problem that materials in the mouth face. It has a very high fluoride content and actually recharges and soaks up any fluoride it contacts. Now before those who have concerns about fluoride get worried about it, we are talking about an extremely localized, tiny dose at the sealant-tooth interface. This sealant can even be placed in many cases on the tooth while it is still erupting and at most risk for fissure decay because it cant be effectively cleaned.
So, I don’t have any hesitation in placing sealants, as long as they are the moisture tolerant ionic bonding glass ionomer variety. I am making a big deal out of sealants because I don’t believe that they are typically given much thought. But as you can see if you click on the link to my air abrasion page Below is some information from the manufacturer of our sealant material.
Our office is conveniently located off East Mockingbird Lane, between John Stockbauer Rd., and Sam Houston Dr.
110 Professional Park Dr.
Victoria, TX 77904
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