What We’re “Painting” on Your Child’s Teeth: Fluoride Varnish

A protective coating called fluoride varnish that’s applied in the dental office twice a year is an easy, quick, cost-effective method for the prevention of cavities. We often call it “painting” the teeth at the end of our patients’ visits and it can be applied to primary (baby) or permanent teeth to help against the… Continue reading What We’re “Painting” on Your Child’s Teeth: Fluoride Varnish

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

Dental X-Rays: The Whole Tooth

The use of x-rays in dentistry is considered a necessary component of a thorough dental examination. Problems cannot be treated without first being detected. Diagnosing and treating dental problems at an early stage can prevent pain, promote future dental health, and save time and money. In addition to cavities, x-rays allow us to detect an… Continue reading Dental X-Rays: The Whole Tooth