Here are our Smiles & Co. pediatric dental services that we provide!
Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to provide personalized dental care for infants, children, and teens, including those with special health care needs. We offer an array of services that will adapt to your child's changing dental needs over the years. Please contact us with any questions!
Our Services Menu
Baby's First Checkup
Baby’s First Checkup vertical_align_top
At Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry, we support the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendation that your child visits a dentist by age one. The first visit usually consists of a gentle exam of the teeth, gums, jaw and bite, a gentle cleaning and fluoride treatment. We will review proper brushing and oral home care, and discuss topics such as bottle use, pacifiers, breastfeeding and diet. As well as answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.
Checkups & Cleanings
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Routine dental visits are just as important for children as they are for adults, and we strongly recommend that your child sees a dental professional every six months. Professional dental cleanings help remove built up plaque and tartar that is not removable with brushing at home. A thorough exam will help identify potential problems that you may not yet see or feel. Depending on your child’s age, we will review appropriate oral hygiene recommendations to help them enjoy healthy, strong teeth for life. Your child’s growth and development will also be evaluated every six months to determine if orthodontic intervention is recommended.
Fluoride Application vertical_align_top
Every child is assessed individually to determine where they may be getting exposure to fluoride. After each dental cleaning, we will recommend a professional fluoride application to strengthen your child’s teeth and help prevent tooth decay. We will assess your child’s risk of developing cavities and present a preventative plan that you are comfortable with.
Dental sealants are clear coatings applied to the chewing surface of molars. They safely and effectively fill in the pits and grooves on these hard-to-reach teeth, where cavities are most likely to form. At Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry, we utilize BPA-free sealant material, and we will evaluate your child’s sealants at every six month visit to ensure they are continuing to provide the necessary protection.
Athletic Mouthguards vertical_align_top
We love hearing our patients are active in sports! However, there is a high risk of dental trauma in sports with physical contact with hard surfaces or other players. We strongly recommend that your child wears an athletic mouthguard to protect their adult teeth from fracture or other injury. Over-the-counter mouthguards are available, but if you prefer a more customized, high quality alternative, we are happy to help.
Space Maintainers (Spacers)
Space Maintainers (Spacers) vertical_align_top
Baby teeth may be lost early due to injury or decay. As a result, adjacent teeth may start to shift, which could lead to future orthodontic problems. To prevent space loss, a space maintainer may be placed to hold the space of the missing tooth, allowing for proper growth and development. The spacer is removed once the permanent tooth starts to emerge.
Tooth Colored Fillings
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At Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry, our aim is to help keep your child’s smile natural looking and beautiful. Thankfully, most small to medium size cavities can be treated with tooth colored fillings. These composite fillings bond directly to your child’s tooth and can be shaded to match the natural color of their enamel.
Dental Crowns vertical_align_top
In cases of large and extensive cavities, it may not be possible to place a filling, as the risk of tooth fracture may be higher. In these situations, we may recommend dental crowns (caps) that are designed to cover and protect an existing tooth. This treatment will enable your child to keep their tooth strong and provide the necessary stability and function.
Nerve Treatment (Pulpotomy)
Nerve Treatment (Pulpotomy) vertical_align_top
Your child may have tooth pain or sensitivity because a cavity is approaching the nerve inside the tooth. In these cases, a pulpotomy may be indicated. Pulpotomy treatment first removes the infected nerve tissue inside the tooth, which is then followed by the placement of a medication to calm the remaining nerve. Pulpotomy-treated teeth are more susceptible to fracture; therefore, we will recommend the placement of a dental crown to restore and strengthen the tooth.
Although we strive to preserve your child’s natural teeth, there may be situations where that just isn’t possible. Teeth severely damaged by trauma or extensive dental cavities, causing pain or infection, may need to be removed. Orthodontists may also recommend the extraction of baby or permanent teeth as part of their treatment plan. Nitrous oxide is available to help keep your child comfortable during the procedure, and most times, the tooth is “wiggled out” before the child is even aware!
Silver Diamine Fluoride
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Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a liquid applied to areas of active tooth decay in efforts to prevent further progression of the cavity. While the ideal way to treat the cavity is to remove it and place a filling or crown, this alternative, non-invasive treatment has been shown to be effective at slowing or even stopping the progression of the cavity. This option may be considered for very small cavities, or cavities in very young children or special needs children that cannot tolerate traditional dental treatment and for whom sedation may not be an option.
Nitrous Oxide vertical_align_top
Some children may struggle with anxiety or have difficulty sitting through a dental procedure. We will utilize many different techniques to help your child relax and feel as comfortable as possible, including watching a movie as a distraction technique. In addition, we may recommend Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas” to help your child have a more pleasant experience and tolerate the procedure better.
Your child will wear a nose piece and breath in the gas while the dental procedure is performed. Usually within minutes, a calming effect comes over the child and they should feel more relaxed, while still being able to respond to verbal commands and enjoy their movie. Typically, the effects of Nitrous Oxide wear off within minutes, so your child should not have any lingering effects once the treatment is over. Nitrous Oxide is considered very safe, however, please discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
IV Sedation vertical_align_top
IV sedation is often recommended for very young children, apprehensive children, or those with special needs that cannot tolerate dental treatment, or for whom Nitrous Oxide is not effective. IV sedation allows high-quality, essentially pain-free treatment for your child, and is only recommended if Dr. Willox feels it is absolutely necessary. Our goal at Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry is to provide treatment in the least invasive manner possible, however, there are instances where sedation may be beneficial to facilitate a more pleasant experience for your child.
While your child is sedated, Dr. Willox will be able to perform all necessary dental procedures in one sitting. At all times, the sedation will be administered and monitored by a medical anesthesiologist, in the comfort and convenience of our dental office. Our office utilizes the services of Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates, ensuring the highest standard of patient care and safety at all times. Please discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Special Needs Care
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At Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry, our entire team is trained in treating medically compromised patients, as well as those children with developmental, social or physical special needs. We understand that these children often require extra attention and compassion, and we are committed to providing such care. We will adapt as necessary to ensure that your child receives care in as safe and comfortable manner as possible. Please call us to discuss any specific concerns you have about your child’s special needs and the delivery of dental care.
Digital Radiographs vertical_align_top
Dental x-rays are valuable, essential tools that help to diagnose problems not always visible during a dental exam. At Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry, we utilize digital x-ray equipment to maximize your child’s safety and minimize your child’s exposure to radiation. In fact, radiation exposure is reduced by 90%. Dental x-rays are only recommended as needed, and your child will be provided with a lead body apron with thyroid collar to minimize radiation exposure even further. If you have any concerns about x-rays, please discuss them with us.
Infection Control vertical_align_top
At Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry, it is our commitment to you, that we take every step to ensure the safety and health of your children. Sterilization and infection control are a vital and comprehensive part of our dental practice, and we follow all OSHA and Florida Board of Dentistry regulations, requirements, and recommendations for the safety of both staff and patients.