Preventive Care Treatment
Sealants are a protective white “tooth paint” placed typically upon eruption of the six year old molars and once again around eruption of the twelve year old molars. Sealants fill over the “bumps” and “grooves” of teeth, protecting the chewing surfaces against cavities. Sealants can be placed on baby teeth and other teeth as well. It is a simple easy procedure that takes about 10-15 minutes in which you can eat before and after. No waiting! Sealants should last a lifetime. However, sticky gooey things can pull them off. Plus, things like bubble gum, taffy, gummy bears, etc. can cause cavities anyways so another reason to avoid them!
We use digital radiographs at Oceans. This ensures the lowest dose of radiation. We take x-rays according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines and based on your child’s individual needs. We carefully consider their “caries risk status” and previous dental history at each visit to determine if x-rays are necessary. We follow the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle when it comes to x-rays and your child, just like we would with our own children.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
Our office is safely equipped with digital nitrous oxide equipment that is precisely metered and cleaned for the safest and most effective experience. This is a safe and effective technique to help the fearful dental child. It is a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is inhaled through a “silly nose.” The effects of laughing gas vary amongst kids from calm and relaxed to silly and giggly. It helps to ease fears. It also greatly helps with gag reflexes. It is important if we are using laughing gas to arrive on an empty belly. So no eating two hours before the appointment. Oxygen is always given for the last five minutes so there are no lasting effects.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener that helps fight cavities. The beneficial effect of xylitol works by tricking the bacteria into eating the non-nutritive sugar alcohol instead of the carbohydrates that they use to create cavities. Xylitol can be found in forms of chewing gum, mints, lollipops or sucking candies. Some brands that sell these products include Spry, Pur and Zollilolli.
Hyperbiotics is a brand of probiotics that focuses on oral and gut health. In a similar manner to probiotics for the gut, probiotics geared for oral health help rid the mouth of the bad cavity and gum disease causing bacteria. It is formulated with strains to help replenish the balance of good bacteria and support oral health.