How We Place “Power Shields” at Sweet Tooth

A very common preventive pediatric dental recommended procedure is pit and fissure sealants, or as we like to call them – “power shields” for teeth! Any molar surface that forms with deeper pits and grooves would be likely to trap food and bacteria and so the likelihood that dental decay could begin in these difficult to… Continue reading How We Place “Power Shields” at Sweet Tooth

Painless Novicaine for Kids: Dr. Erica’s New Magic “Wand”

For many children, and adults for that matter, getting the initial shot of novicaine can be the worst part of getting a filling or dental procedure done. Dentists nowadays don’t actually use “novicaine”, it’s usually lidocaine or septocaine in our office, but the name novicaine has stuck around to denote any kind of dental local… Continue reading Painless Novicaine for Kids: Dr. Erica’s New Magic “Wand”

SDF: Pediatric Dentistry’s New Silver Bullet

Silver Diamine Fluoride (or SDF) is a non-invasive treatment option for cavities that is painted on the tooth instead of drilling and filling the cavity. The use of SDF in the United States is relatively new (approved by the FDA in 2014), but it has been used in Japan for over 40 years and in… Continue reading SDF: Pediatric Dentistry’s New Silver Bullet