Diet and proper brushing and flossing are important factors in keeping the mouth healthy and happy. We work hard to provide a fun and relaxed environment where children learn about healthy food choices and good dental hygiene.
Some foods to be cautious of include:
- Sugary drinks such as juice, flavored milk and sodas.
- Chewy snacks that stick to the teeth. This includes crackers.
- Candy. Feel free to donate your candy to Dr. Mike and his staff! In fact, we do a Halloween candy buy-back every year!
It is also important to brush your teeth at least two times per day, after breakfast and before bed. Flossing may begin once the contacts between the teeth are tight and too small for the toothbrush to clean. Most children don’t have the dexterity or patience to brush and floss their teeth well so adult supervision and assistance is often recommended.
Fluoride, a naturally occurring element, is important for strengthening tooth structure and neutralizing the bad bacteria in your mouth. Our staff will review the indications and benefits of this treatment at your appointments.
Sealants are a protective covering placed over the grooves of the molars. Sealing the grooves prevents food and bacteria from sticking to the tooth and makes cleaning the surface easier, thus reducing your child’s risk of cavities.
Dr. Mike and his staff are able to restore the teeth in the safest manner using some of the highest rated and most cutting edge materials to include tooth-colored fillings and crowns. In addition, the staff will discuss all restorative options and work with you to identify the best treatment plan and materials for your child.
Sometimes tissue attached under the tongue or by the lip can cause feeding challenges and speech concerns. In this case a baby or young child may need a procedure called a frenectomy. Dr. Mike performs this procedure with a special laser that reduces bleeding and pain.
Sedation dentistry may be beneficial for the following children:
- Very young age
- Highly apprehensive
- Extensive dental needs
- Special needs
Castle Rock Kids’ Dentistry offers nitrous oxide/oxygen, oral sedation, and general anesthesia in office and in the hospital for your child. Dr. Mike has hospital privileges next door at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is often used in dentistry to help relax children during dental treatment. It is administered through a small breathing mask which is placed on the child’s nose. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes this technique as a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and enhance communication between the patient and the dental team.
Oral Sedation is beneficial for children who are anxious about dental treatment. There are a variety of medications that can be used for safely sedating children. The main objective of these medications is to calm the child and reduce unnecessary movement to allow dental treatment to be completed in the safest and best possible manner. Occasionally, these medications relax children enough where they fall asleep on their own during treatment.
Hospital Dentistry, also known as outpatient general anesthesia, is recommended for children that are unable to tolerate treatment in the dental clinic. A few of the major benefits of treatment in this setting includes completion of treatment in one appointment and significantly decreased emotional stress since the child will have no memory of the dental treatment. Our staff walk the parents through this process thoroughly so everyone involved is comfortable with the treatment plan.
In-Office General Anesthesia
This type of sedation is an affordable option when general anesthesia is needed to complete dentistry safely with an anesthesiologist that comes to the office. This sedation is similar to general anesthesia in the hospital with similar medications and techniques utilized. We partner with some of the most experienced anesthesiologists in the area to provide the best experience for our families.
Evaluation of the way the teeth come together is an important part of the comprehensive oral health care of children. Early detection and treatment of developing problems may have significant short-term and long-term benefits. At each dental visit, Dr. Mike will evaluate your child’s bite or occlusion and review growth and development as well as options for early treatment if recommended.