A pediatric dentist is a specialist dedicated to the oral health of children and the monitoring of their facial growth and development. In addition, a pediatric dentist is trained in dealing with behavior through different approaches from early on through teenage years. Our office is designed for treating children from infancy through adolescence, as well as the medically and physically compromised children.
The pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school, and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet these needs.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur by 12 months of age in order to create a “dental home.” This first visit will enable Dr. Hamilton to evaluate your child and introduce you to proper oral hygiene. Diet, fluoride, finger and pacifier habits and tooth eruption will be discussed to insure optimal oral health. At this young age problems can be detected, treated early, or avoided completely. Furthermore, it allows us to establish a relationship with the parents as well as the children.
We have carefully designed our office to be a child-friendly, comfortable and fun environment. We complete our dental examination in an age-appropriate manner and work closely with children to gain their trust. We welcome your input on how you think your child will do best.
Our staff will review the health history form with you at the first visit. You are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area during the initial exam. This will give you the opportunity to see our staff in action and allow Dr. Hamilton to discuss dental findings and treatment directly with you. We will perform a head and neck examination and then evaluate the health of the teeth, gums and your child’s bite. Dental radiographs (x-rays) are taken only when Dr. Hamilton feels they are necessary in order to evaluate for hidden decay, position and location of the developing permanent teeth. Additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. One way to convey good feelings to your child about dental visits is to remind them that going to the dentist is a sign that they are growing up. You can explain that Dr. Hamilton will count and take pictures of his or her teeth.
Please do not tell your child that the “dentist will not hurt” as this may never have entered his or her mind. Instead, you may wish to assure your child that the doctors will be gentle and friendly. Also, please avoid using the words “needle, shot, pull”, or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our office and chances are they will do just that!
Fluoride is an important part of the crystalline structure of enamel and makes teeth less soluble to decay acids. The enamel can incorporate fluoride at different stages of tooth development. This means systemic and topical fluoride can be beneficial.
Use an American Dental Association (ADA) approved toothpaste for brushing your child’s teeth. Do not start fluoridated toothpaste until two years of age because the fluoride concentration is high and young children can swallow it. A half-pea sized amount of paste is sufficient for small children
1 – Xylitol : A sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in products aimed to improve oral health. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the benefits of xylitol on the oral health of infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs. Xylitol is available in toothpastes, chewing gum, mints and oral baby wipes.Xylitol reduces plaque formation and is antimicrobial.
2 – CPP-ACP (casein phosphopeptide and amorphous calcium phosphate) in MI paste TM : A milk protein that allows calcium and phosphate to be available in the mouth. This allows the tooth surfaces to use these substances to chemically repair surface damage of the enamel.
3 – Chlorhexidene Antibacterial Rinse : Reduces cavity-causing bacteria in plaque and controls bacteria that causes gum disease or gingivitis and periodontitis
We utilize digital imaging and digital radiography (x-rays) to minimize our patient’s exposure to radiation.Digital radiographs provide quality images that make it possible to reduce the number of x-rays that we need for each child.Parents and children can view the enlarged radiographs on the flat screen monitors so that the communication with the dentist is more efficient.
Dr Hamilton completed a residency in addition to his specialty training where he focused on all the specialties of dentistry and can therefore diagnose and treat your child with a very comprehensive approach.His previous experience as a general and cosmetic dentist gives him an advantage in pediatric care because he is an expert in bonding or “tooth colored” dentistry.Dr Hamilton is able to apply his cosmetic adult principles to children to create a healthy beautiful smile.
While children are being cared for, parents can enjoy the peace and comfort of our waiting area with complimentary water, up to date reading material, complimentary wireless internet , soft music, a 115 gallon Salt Water aquarium and flat screen tv’s in every room turns iKids Pediatric Dentistry into a comfortable and enjoyable visit. Siblings will enjoy one of two play rooms where they will find games testing hand eye coordination to x-box and wii as they await their brother or sister.
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.
Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age 21.
Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth).