The Dental Home for Your Kids!
We are concerned about your child’s total health care, because good oral health is an important part of total overall health. Establishing Collins Dentistry for Children as your child’s “Dental Home” provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep your child free from dental and disease. We focus on prevention, early detection, and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
Pleasant visits to the dental office promote trust and confidence in your child that will last lifelong. Our goal is to help children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. From our special office design to our communication style, our main concern is what is best for your child. We gladly accept referrals from other offices and enjoy working together to best serve your child. However, we generally prefer to meet your child for an exam or initial cleaning before performing restorative work. This allows us to develop a treatment plan, share that plan with you and allow some time to begin developing trust with your child. While it may seem like an extra step, it is in your best interest that we work this way.
Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of young people. After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, additional training is required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Bacteria, sugars or other carbohydrates, and time are necessary for cavities to form. We can share with you how to make teeth strong, keep bacteria from organizing into harmful colonies, develop healthy eating habits, and understand the rule that time plays. Remember dental decay is an infection of the tooth. Visiting us early can help avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment. Studies show that children with poor oral health have decreased school performance, poor social relationships, and less success later in life. Children experiencing pain from decayed teeth are distracted and unable to concentrate on school work.
Importance of Baby Teeth
People often do not realize the critical role that baby (primary) play in a child’s development and why it’s important that these teeth are kept in place until they are lost naturally. These teeth serve a number of critical functions, including:
• Maintaining good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly;
• Involvement in speech development; and
• Helping the permanent teeth by saving space for them. A healthy smile can help children feel good about the way they look to others.
Infants and Children
Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to reaching your child healthy lifetime habits. We want to share with you the latest available methods for keeping your child healthy and safe. Recent recommendations have moved the timing of a child’s first dental visit from the age of three. It is now recommended that the first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than the child’s first birthday. Beginning tooth and mouth examinations early may lead to detection of early stages of tooth decay that can easily be treated. At the first visit we will present:
• A program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet, and the importance of fluoride;
• Information about Early Childhood Cavities, which may be due to inappropriate nursing habits or inappropriate use of “sippy” cups;
• The latest information about finger, thumb and pacifier habits;
• What you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth; and
• Information on growth and development of your child’s teeth.
Teens have special needs. Appearance and self–image are very important to them, and decay or poorly positioned teeth or jaws might make them more self-conscious. Teens also snack more frequently and unhealthy snack foods tend to become a major part of their regular diet. Energy and sports drinks, as well as soda, have become a staple of teen diets. The high sugar/carbohydrate content of these popular drinks can cause significant damage to your child’s teeth if left unchecked. We provide professional, sensitive and caring approach to restoring and guiding teeth, and teaching preventive dental health care through the teen’s high school years. When necessary, we will provide information on sealants, oral piercing, wisdom teeth, missing teeth and tobacco use.
Young People with Special Needs
An integral part of our education is concerned with the medical and dental health of the special patient. People with significant medical, physical, or mental disabilities often present challenges to dentists. Our training allows us to address their special needs and provide the best care possible.
Team Approach to Total Health
Good oral health is an important part of total health. When helping children, we often work with parent, teachers, pediatricians, other physicians, and dental specialists. All young people are served best through this team approach.
At Collins Dentistry for Children, we are proud to be an important part of your child’s health team! Thank You!