Children are very important at the Arlington Smile Center! Healthy habits start very early! This link is created especially for kids and their parents to learn about practicing great dental care.
To serve the kids we have our very own dentist who loves to works on children. She can see children as young as 6 months old! Our office is very kid-friendly with lots of toys, video games and tv shows to keep kids feeling like they can have fun at the dentist.
Dr. Lupita Roca did not go to dental school to become a pediatric dentist. Instead, she decided to become a family dentist that enjoys all types of dentistry. She makes every child feels special using her own unique style. She sees one child at a time. All of her nervous or young children start out with Dr. Roca for an entire appointment until she promotes them to our hygienist. This decision is made when a child forms a bond with Dr. Roca and trusts her.She needs to develop that trust over several visits until she feels that they know that going to the dentist is fun and not scary!
Many parents say that their two year old will never sit in the dental chair and cooperate, but then Dr. Roca works her magic and 9 out of 10 children, do not shed a tear in her chair.She starts all first visits letting each child touch, feel, hear and play with all the tools that she uses during their first appointment.She lets them choose their favorite flavors of paste and fluoride and of course pick out their favorite toothbrush.
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!!!
1) Why are the primary teeth important?
HEALTH: If your child has poor dental health, your child will have a poorer diet, poorer general health and poorer school attendance.
APPEARANCE: Healthy teeth and smiles build confidence for our children. When children see that they have cavities in their teeth, they tend to shy away from their friends and become more reserved. SPEECH:If your child loses his primary front teeth early, they will struggle to say certain words until their permanent teeth come in.
PREVENTS ORTHODONTICS:The permanent teeth may be unable to come into the right position if the primary teeth are lost prematurely. The second primary molar is not lost until 12-13 years of age.
2) When should my child be seen by a dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first check, 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth. Your child?s teeth will be looked at, but most importantly you will be educated as to teething problems, feedings habits, and in general how to prevent cavities and orthodontic problems.
By beginning as early as possible, we can minimize your child?s dental problems. Plus by introducing your child to the dentist when little or no work is needed, leads to a much more positive attitude about dentistry.
3) How can I help prevent my child from getting cavities?
You can remove the decay that causes bacteria by helping your child brush their teeth thoroughly everyday. The bacteria that grow on the teeth forms a white, creamy material called plaque. Your child may be brushing, but he still may not be removing the plaque from his teeth. The bacteria use the food on the teeth, especially sugars to make an acid, which eventually causes a hole or cavity in the tooth. You can prevent dental decay by limiting sweet foods with a meal. The tooth can be made less susceptible to decay by the use of fluorides. This makes the tooth more resistant to decay. In addition, the use of sealants bonded to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can also prevent decay in these susceptible areas.
) My child does not like milk. Will this make his teeth weaker?
No. Calcium is one of the things needed to form good tooth structure. Your child can receive calcium from many other foods such as cheese, almonds, and eggs. Milk does have sugar in it. If allowed to remain on the teeth, such as a night bottle, it will act like sugar and cause cavities.
5) Why does my child need radiographs (x-rays)? It is our obligation as pediatric dentists to give your child the very best in dental care. In order to accomplish this, we must use x-rays.Most offices today, including ours, have digital x-rays in their office. With the use of radiographs we can see the condition, size, and eruption path of the permanent teeth under the primary teeth.
6) What is a stainless steel crown?
This crown is a tooth shaped silver cap that protects the tooth when the tooth can no longer hold the usual filling. This crown is cemented to place and comes out when the primary teeth is ready to be lost.
7) What is a space maintainer?
One of the most important reasons for maintaining the primary teeth is that they hold the space open for the permanent teeth that will replace them. If a primary tooth is lost early, the other teeth next to the open space will close off the vacancy. The permanent teeth underneath the gum will be blocked out and this will result in an orthodontic problem. This usually stays in place until the permanent tooth comes in its proper position.