We Take Our Relationship Beyond a Six-Month Exam
We strive to make comfort and education our top priorities! How is it all done? By utilizing state-of the art technologies, coupled with our expert specialty knowledge and experience, add on a fun-filled, child-centered environment and the magic begins!
Regular Exam Visits
It is important to remain on a biannual exam schedule. Why every six months, you wonder? Children need to feel familiar with their dental office and dentist to alleviate apprehensions. A regimented schedule of six months allows for us to diagnose any concerns at a conservative stage, thereby alleviating your child from further, progressive treatment. At CCPD, we optimize our biannual exams to engage with your child, so that they are comfortable with their oral health experiences today and long into their lives.
Brushing your tiny one’s teeth may seem like a new and challenging concept to you. We are happy to guide you in your approach and technique for the youngest of kids, making parents feel confident in starting their child’s love of oral health. This exam involves both parent and dentist in that we share our laps to cradle your baby and introduce dental brushing techniques for greatest success. This is the time that we discuss dietary concerns, toothpaste options and toothbrush head selections that better influence a cavity-free baby. We are fully in support of both the American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, AAPD in the recommendation of a dental visit by age ONE.
With current advances in radiology, minimization of excess radiation is available: introducing digital radiography. We utilize digital sensors and panoramic imaging for immediate diagnostic capabilities and reduced radiation levels. Our radiographic equipment is tested and certified and our dental assistants attain radiographic certification. There is validity in the concern for exposure and at CCPD we fully understand these concerns. We are conservative in our prescription of radiographic imaging, however we are firm in their importance. Caries and trauma are not always clinically evident and we understand that accuracy in diagnosis is the best approach to quality dental treatment and approaches specific to your child. Learn more: Please familiarize yourself with radiation comparisons, as provided by Dental Planet, DP Health.
Topical Fluoride Application
What exactly is fluoride and why is it used in dentistry? Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral. Yes, nature made. The fluoride ion is a derivative of fluorine. It is naturally found in low concentrations (approximately 0.1-0.3 ppm) in water and food sourced from river or rain water. Even sea water is found to contain fluoride, though in slightly greater concentrations. Well-water varies in fluoride concentration based on soil sedimentation. Some foods and beverages contain fluoride as a byproduct of these natural water-based sources. Our community water source is treated, as a public health measure, to provide optimal ranges of fluoridation with the intention to reduce cavities. Not a fan? Water fluoridation can be removed at home utilizing reverse osmosis filtration systems. When discussing fluoride, you must consider systemic versus topical supplementations. Some communities are without water-sourced fluoride and therefore are seen to have increases in cavity activity. These patients may receive systemic fluoride vitamins, based on risk factors. Toothpaste and mouthwash are topical formularies of fluoride, as is our professional application of fluoride foam or varnish, applied following the dental cleaning (prophylaxis). Fluoride reduces cavity risks by becoming incorporated into the enamel directly, re-mineralizing the enamel and providing greater barriers to future acid demineralization attacks. Our office follows the recommendation of the AAPD, in that topical fluoride, applied by a dental professional on a regular schedule, helps to reduce cavity risks. We take into consideration a patient’s age, cavity-risk, sugar consumption and oral hygiene when considering their fluoride needs and frequency. Learn more: Read more about the support and understanding of fluoride as provided by the American Dental Association, ADA.
We are big believers in protecting the nooks and crannies of our natural tooth anatomy from invasion of cavity-causing bacteria. This is the role of a sealant. Sealant material is a thin plastic-based material bonded to the pits and fissures of posterior teeth, serving as a protective barrier against cavities. They are applied as a caries-reduction measure and are effective. Did you know that sealants reduce cavities by 80%? We utilize BPA-free dental sealants and encourage you to couple sealants with dietary practices low in sugar and acid, along with regular brushing and flossing to avoid acid breakdown of this protective barrier.
Medically Compromised & Special Needs Patients
We understand that some children have unique individual needs that may require special considerations and accommodations. We are experienced and knowledgeable in the handling of their specific oral health needs and are happy to make dental care more convenient and accessible for our patients and their families. Dr. Benitez received strong emphasis in dentistry for children both medically compromised and of special needs in her General Residency and Pediatric Dental Residency programs at the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, an interdisciplinary clinical and research clinic of Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She continues to provide dental care for patients of compromised medical status and special needs with gusto in private practice.
Cavities can develop in even the most diligent of brushers. We strongly encourage BRUSHING, FLOSSING and lower refined carbohydrate and sugar diets, including consideration of drinks. Radiographs often enlighten us to cavities between the teeth, not always clinically detectable. There are four components to the making of a cavity: a carbohydrate substrate, naturally-occurring micro-organisms in plaque, a susceptible tooth surface, and time.
Having a cavity is common in primary teeth. Baby teeth have differing anatomy from a permanent tooth. Even the dietary needs of frequent feedings or snacking seen in young children adds to cavity risks.
Methods to treat THESE TEETH, IN A SAFE, FEARLESS APPROACH AND OPTIONS OF MATERIALS BASED ON SIZE:
Stainless Steel Crowns
Common Dental Emergencies and How to Manage Them
Dental emergencies do occur. Here's how you should handle these common situations:
Baby Tooth Injury
Permanent Tooth Knocked Out
Pain From a Tooth
Tooth decay can cause pain. In circumstances of smaller, conservative cavities, often a “zing” is felt to sweets or food stuck between the teeth. As the decay grows in size, more temperature pain may be noted: pain to cold foods and drinks. Often, Tylenol or Motrin can manage the discomfort until a timely dental appointment for treatment is made.>
If a child is noted to have a SWELLING, promptly call your pediatric dentist for further details and management or make a visit to an emergency room/urgent care!
Prevention of Oral Injury
If your child is engaged in high-impact sports, ALWAYS wear a protective mouth guard. These can be over-the-counter boil and bite or custom-made removable appliances.
Try to practice age-related safe measures: car seats, seat belts, tied shoe laces, no rough play, knee and elbow pads, safety helmet, reflective gear, in-home safety measures against falls or electrical injury.