We recommend routine dental cleanings for several reasons. When we perform a professional cleaning, we remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. We also clean the parts of your child’s teeth that are hard to reach, such as underneath the gums.
Oral Health Exams
We truly believe that regular dental examinations are important in order for your child to have good dental health and a smile of which he or she can be proud. We start by doing a professional cleaning, removing all of the bad tartar and other buildup on your child’s teeth.
We are usually able to fill in broken teeth to make them look like normal teeth. We even use a cement that is the color of your child’s teeth. If that does not work, we offer veneers and caps to cover up any broken teeth.
We are proud to offer sedation to give our patients a stress-free visit. One of the most commonly used types of sedation is nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas. This helps many children relax during their procedure.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Would you like to consider an alternative to stopping cavities and tooth decay? Believe it or not, there’s a new, FDA approved liquid that’s designed to fight tooth decay quickly and painlessly, so that you, Dr. Adams and Dr. Hurng and your child can avoid the trauma that often accompanies pediatric dental fillings.
SDF can be beneficial for young children who have trouble coping with the time and invasiveness required for a regular cavity treatment, and the application of SDF will not only be quick and painless, but will also leave your child with a more calm and collected demeanor throughout his or her entire dental visit. Dr. Adams and Dr. Hurng are practiced and well-equipped for SDF application for your little one, and should the beneficial pain-relieving results wear off after months’ time, Dr. Adams and Dr. Hurng can get your child back in and out of the office in just minutes for a quick re-application.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry notes that SDF provides pediatric dentists an affordable alternative to reduce the numbers of toddlers and young children with cavities to be subject to operations. While decayed areas of the teeth treated with SDF will turn a dark brown color, parents of young children often find that this is a minimal side-effect as compared to the long-term trauma that can accompany a trip to the dentist that includes pediatric sedation or drilling required for a cavity filling.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is rapidly becoming the future of pediatric dentistry, and it can become a part of your family’s pediatric dental plan too!
Emergency Dental Care
It is very important to be prepared in case your child has an emergency. Even though we wish that they wouldn’t, emergencies do happen. Being educated and knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. You also need to know your dentist’s phone number.
Our team at Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto have been treating patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for over twenty years. Both Dr. Adams and Dr. Hurng maintain privileges at LPCH. With their vast training in pediatric dentistry, they see patients undergoing chemotherapy, craniofacial abnormalities, organ transplants, as well as other special needs patients.
Dr. Adams and Dr. Hurng often work with other surgical services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to coordinate care and minimize costs to families.
Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto has the goal to give every child the best start at a lifetime of happy smiles and outstanding oral health. Working with your child’s pediatrician as well as your lactation consultant, correcting tongue tie in newborns and infants could be one important step towards your child’s healthy future.
Ankyloglossia, commonly known as tongue-tie, is the restriction of tongue movement as a result of fusion of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A short frenum (the muscle attachment that connects the base of the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is known to limit the range of motion of the tongue. In some instances, the restriction can lead to difficulty with breastfeeding, dental decay, spacing, speech and airway complications as well as digestive issues.
Dr. Adams and Dr. Hurng use a soft tissue laser to release the muscle attachment, allowing a greater mobility of the tongue. We have included informative articles to better understand the benefits and the indications for the procedure. For information related to the laser frenectomy, please contact our office.