Children's Dentistry

Tooth decay often begins at an early age, making young children particularly susceptible. Nearly half of children between the ages of 2-11 have experienced tooth decay while 32% of kids between the ages of 9-11 develop cavities in their permanent teeth. Major contributing factors to this public health problem include baby formula with added sugar and heavily-sugared fruit juices. Even breast milk can cause cavities in baby teeth because of the natural sugars present.

Care for baby teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth appears. We recommend that you bring your child in for an exam no later than his or her first birthday. Regular six-month checkups will put kids on a schedule like most adults, establishing a routine that will hopefully last a lifetime.

The following early steps can help guard your child against tooth decay, even before their first dental visit:

  • Your baby's teeth should always be rinsed with water or wiped with a damp cloth after feeding, especially before they fall asleep. Milk or formula residue left in the mouth can encourage decay even in the youngest patients.

  • Try to wean your child off bottle feeding by their first birthday. This helps avoid decay and reduces the chance of developing jaw problems from excessive sucking.

  • Begin brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth appears. Even if it’s barely poking through the gum, a tooth can develop decay if not cleaned properly. Start by brushing with a soft bristled brush and water. Ask Dr. Trevor Greene or your child’s hygienist when it's ok to begin using a small amount of toothpaste.

  • Help your child brush and remember that kids don’t have the dexterity to clean their teeth on their own until after they can tie their shoes.

  • Don't give bottles filled with sugary drinks or milk before bedtime.

  • If you do choose to offer sugary beverages, have your child use a straw, so the teeth have less contact with the liquid.

  • Try to limit the overall sugary foods your child eats and drinks.


INFANT ORAL EXAMS

Studies have shown that the earlier a child receives their first dental exam, the less dental treatment was needed during their youth. We recommend oral exams for children when their first tooth erupts.

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PEDIATRIC CLEANINGS & EXAMS

Routine cleanings and exams are necessary to make sure your child’s teeth stay healthy throughout childhood. Our doctor recommends two cleanings a year to maintain optimal oral health.

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DIGITAL X-RAYS

Digital x-rays allow our doctor to get a view of your child’s teeth and jaws that they can’t see with their eyes, while keeping radiation exposure to a minimum.

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FLUORIDE

Regular fluoride treatments help reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities and can remineralize areas where decay is starting. Our doctor believes regular fluoride treatments are an important part of treatment for most children.

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PEDIATRIC SEALANTS

Sealants help protect your child’s teeth from decay by filling in the grooved biting surfaces of your child’s teeth, making them easier to clean. Dr. Trevor Greene applies this light-cured material in minutes, and the procedure requires no anesthesia.

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RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

Restorative dentistry includes fillings, crowns and other procedures that help restore a tooth to its original function. Piney Orchard Dental offers many restorative procedures to help your child smile with confidence!

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TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS

Tooth-colored fillings offer a durable, more natural looking option for your child’s restorations. Made from composite resin, they are strong, durable, and perfect for smaller teeth.

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TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

While we focus on helping your child keep their teeth for a lifetime, sometimes an extraction is necessary. Whether it’s extensive decay, overcrowding or an impacted tooth, Dr. Greene can help you and your child understand the procedure and answer any questions you have.

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