Our comprehensive dental exam includes far more than just cleaning your teeth. It involves a complete and thorough patient examination covering pre-existing conditions, gum health, oral screenings, and a diagnostic exam to guarantee optimal oral health.
Tongue and lip ties are caused by thick or malformed oral tissues. Tongue ties are caused when the membrane which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth is thick, short, or otherwise malformed. Lip ties are, essentially, the same thing. The upper or lower lip connection to the gums is thick, too short, or otherwise improperly formed, causing mobility issues with the lips.
Let us know if your baby or child has one of these challenges:
Issues when nursing
Clicking noises while suckling
Poor weight gain
Gumming or chewing when feeding
These are all signs of tongue and lip ties.
We examine the tongue or lip by laying your baby down facing up and running a finger under their tongue. We check to see if this membrane feels short, strong, or excessively thick (a normal tongue allows a smooth & uninterrupted swipe under the frenulum).
Your child’s tongue may also appear short, because they cannot stick it out properly, due to the excessive tissue.
Tongue & Lip Tie Screening
Your child’s comfort and well-being come first. A simple extraction involves pulling a baby tooth that is clearly visible in the mouth. Dentists perform a simple extraction with a device called an “elevator,” which loosens the tooth, and then with forceps. These extractions normally will only call for a local anesthetic.
If the tooth is embedded in the jawbone (fully impacted), or partially covered by jawbone (partially impacted) surgical extraction may be necessary. We will work with you to determine the best type of service for your child and will help prepare you and your child for the procedure.
Despite the benefits of fluoride, it is a known endocrine disruptor, and some studies show it may even be a neurotoxin. Thankfully, there are several alternatives, such as Xylitol and MI Paste as well as:
Use neem leaf extract at home to help combat plaque that leads to gingivitis & tooth decay. Neem has significantly outperformed at least one common plaque-reducing dental product in a recent study.
Research shows it’s beneficial for treating toothaches, abscesses, and mouth sores. Using it as mouthwash after brushing kills bacteria that lead to decay & infection.
Myrrh is a supplement often used to treat periodontal disease and bad-breath because it significantly reduces oral bacteria.
Coconut oil offers various health benefits due to it’s antibacterial properties. Use it as a toothpaste and mouthwash (oil-pulling or oil-swishing). It can drastically reduce oral plaque keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Dental Fluoride Alternatives
Our dental practice uses white fillings made from composite material, which is safe, strong, and beautiful. We remove as little tooth structure as possible.
We choose metal-free for your optimal health. Non-metal fillings do not contain toxic ingredients.
Professional dental cleanings are an essential part of preventative dentistry and important to maintaining good oral health and deterring potentially serious dental problems.
We customize each cleaning based upon your individual needs, oral pH, and pocket depth. We use safe materials and gentle methods to clean teeth without damaging them.
A dental hygienist will clean your teeth ~ including hard-to-reach areas ~ with expert precision. The goal of a dental cleaning is to remove tartar and plaque buildup that can cause gum disease and bad breath, called halitosis. Your appointment will also include measuring the depth of periodontal pockets to determine whether you may have gum disease.
How Do I Take Care of Baby Teeth?
There are many things you can do to help care for your child’s baby and adult teeth.
Ways to keep your child’s mouth healthy:
Brush at least 2 times a day (morning and night) to prevent cavities
Clean between their teeth daily once you see two teeth that touch
Make regular visits to your child’s dentist ~ no later than your child’s first birthday
Watch your child’s diet ~ what your child eats & drinks can hurt or help their teeth
Home Care Instructions
We use the latest technology to really see inside your mouth. Digital radiography is a type of X-ray imaging that uses digital X-ray sensors to replace traditional photographic X-ray film, producing an enhanced computer images of teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions.
X-Rays are a gentle easy way for your dentist to completely understand all that is happening with your teeth.
Dental Skeletal Growth & Development Assessment
We screen our pediatric patients for normal skeletal growth and development. We look to see if both the upper and lower jaws are developing in harmony. We also screen patients for lip and tongue ties which can have a dramatic impact on the overall skeletal growth and development of a child.
A crown is a cover/cap your dentist places over a tooth. A crown restores a damaged or missing tooth to its normal shape, size and function. A crown can protect the tooth and/or improve the way it looks.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
Attach a bridge to replace missing teeth
Support a tooth that has a large filling when there isn’t enough natural tooth structure remaining
Cover a mis-shaped or discolored tooth
Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Restore an already fractured tooth
Cover a dental implant