Our dental team 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.
What are the most important services your child's dentist provides?
In addition to providing thorough cleanings and exams to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, the dentist will assess your child’s teeth alignment and determine if there is enough room for the arrival of his or her permanent teeth.
Red Balloon Dentistry for Children also offers several crucial preventive services to further ensure optimum dental health. These include X-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and orthodontic care coming soon!
Red Balloon Dentistry for Children offers parents the following tips:
Make it a game, brush along with your child, do whatever it takes to make he or she brushes for two minutes twice a day and flosses daily.
Babies suck for comfort which is completely natural and won’t harm their oral health. However, by the time a toddler’s front teeth start to break through the gums, sucking should be stopped. It can cause issues with growth and teeth alignment.
Pain from teething can be alleviated by gently rubbing your baby’s gums with either a clean finger, cool small metal spoon, or wet gauze. A teething ring may help as well.
Good nutrition — fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean sources of protein (meat, poultry, fish, and eggs) and dairy products — are crucial for proper bone, gum, and teeth development. Also, be sure to limit sugars and starches which promote tooth decay.
For more tips on taking care of your child’s teeth or if you want to schedule an appointment for your child, call the office at 512-817-4940.
Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen - or what you may know as laughing gas - to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, and it is quickly eliminated from the body and it is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and maintains all of their natural reflexes.
Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may become quite drowsy and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.
There are a variety of different medications that can be used for conscious sedation. Your dentist will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment plan. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific medicine we plan to administer to your child.
Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that do not work well under conscious sedation or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed or having a hernia repaired. Our office offers in-office General Anesthesia. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, the benefits of this treatment greatly outweigh the risks. Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk of driving a car. If this is not chosen, your child risks having multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment, and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.