We emphasize a preventive approach to keeping our patients cavity-free and with a beautiful smile. At Littles Smiles, your child will receive personal attention and compassion with quality care, in an at-home environment. We strive to make this journey - for infants, children, teens and special needs patients a fun and rewarding experience. Our aim is to provide a positive experience for you and your child and make this their dental home. There is no doubt that your child's path to optimum dental health starts here!
Pediatric Dentitry Resources
When to Start?
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. We invite you to stay with your child during the appointment.
Care of the Mouth after Local Anesthetic
Often, children do not understand the effects of local anesthesia, and may chew, scratch, suck, or play with the numb lip, tongue, or cheek. Monitor your child closely for approximately two hours following the appointment. It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.
Care of the Mouth after Trauma
Please keep the traumatized area as-clean-as possible. Watch for infection (gum boils) in the area of trauma. If infection is noticed - call the office so the patient can be seen as-soon-as possible. Maintain a soft diet for two to three days, or until the child feels comfortable eating normally again.
Care of the Mouth after Extractions
Do not scratch , chew, suck, or rub the lips, tongue, or cheek while they feel numb or asleep. Do not rinse the mouth for several hours. Do not spit. Do not drink through a straw. Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area. If unusual or sustained bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze firmly over the extraction area and bite down.
What are Sealants?
By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay. Since, the covering is only over the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant. Good oral hygiene and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these sealants or in areas unable to be covered.
Why Are The Primary Teeth So Important?
Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for proper chewing and eating, providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles and development of speech and add to an attractive appearance.