From routine checkups and cleanings to preventive care, Growing Grins is equipped to handle all of your child’s dental needs. To help you and your family understand your treatment options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
- Crowns and Bridges
- Cosmetic Fillings
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Braces (Orthodontia)
- Pediatric Partials
- Nitrous Oxide - Laughing Gas
- Oral Sedation
- IV Sedation
- Space Maintainers
- Mouth Guards
- Sports Guards
- Limited Orthodontics
- Each exam chair is equipped with a DVD player to allow your child entertainment with our child friendly movies or bring your favorite movie!
- Office offers OraVerse, a numbing reversal to eliminate amount of time patient is numb. Helps prevent cheek/lip biting, especially in small children and allows you to get back to activities and eating faster.
- Patients will be excited to visit our prize board to select a prize at the end of the appointment.
GAGGER? NOT ANYMORE! We have a special x-ray machine that can take bitewing x-rays on SMALL CHILDREN, GAGGERS and SPECIAL NEEDS patients! This is the lastest and safest technology available!
Age Specific Advice
(0-2 Years Old)
According to the CDC dental, decay is the most prevalent infectious disease for children. The disease begins at infancy when the child develops good and bad bacteria in the mouth. More then 40% children before they reach kindergarten will have tooth decay.
(3-12 Years Old)
Once the teeth are fully erupted, reinforcing good oral hygiene is important for your child. Brushing with a pea-sized amount of ADA approved toothpaste twice a day and regular flossing once daily is recommended. By the age of 4 or 5, your child should be able to begin brushing his or her teeth. At this age floss on a stick will allow them to help to floss on their own.
(13-18 Years Old)
By this age, most of their baby teeth have fallen out and the preservation/care of the permanent teeth are the concern. At this time bad breath, braces, soda/snack choices, and bleaching are among some of the top issues. Teens usually have an active schedule and neglect their oral health along with choosing sugary snacks which is a sure recipe for decay.
It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health, and there are many services we provide to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is a primary focus of our practice. Learn more about Pediatric Dentistry.
Our services include:
Age One Dental Visit
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child's first checkup should occur by age 1. At this important visit we will check the baby teeth for early cavities, show you how to care for a young child's mouth properly, go over your child's developmental milestones, and discuss the importance of good oral hygiene. Learn more about the Age One Dental Visit.
Fillings are used to seal a small hole (cavity) in your tooth that is caused by decay. This simple, painless procedure prevents decay bacteria from spreading further into your tooth, and possibly infecting the root canal. Both metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings are available. Learn more about Fillings.
Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — the place where your child is most likely to get tooth decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, which could require expensive dental treatment and cause your child pain. Learn more about Dental Sealants.
Treating Specially Challenged Children
Proper dental care is just as important for children with special needs as it is for any child. Yet it's sometimes more difficult for kids with special needs to get optimal care. We can help, with appropriate procedures and extra personal attention in the office.
Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored materials to replace missing tooth structure or hide minor defects like chips, discoloration, or irregular spacing. It's a great option for children and teens, who often need to wait for their teeth to mature before choosing a more permanent restoration. Learn more about Bonding.
Crowns are coverings placed over damaged teeth to strengthen them, and allow them to look and function normally again. Metal crowns are sometimes recommended as a temporary solution for damaged baby teeth, until the permanent teeth come in.
Fluoridated water has been called one of the most significant health achievements of the 20th century — but not every child gets enough fluoride. That's one reason why a topical fluoride supplement, applied here in the dental office, may be recommended for your child. Learn more about Fluoride & Your Child.
It's easier to treat many orthodontic problems during childhood because the body is still developing rapidly. Whether you need standard braces, clear aligners, or appliances like palatal expanders, it's possible to make big changes in a short period of time. Learn more about the Early Orthodontic Treatment.
If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a “space maintainer” may be needed to hold the space open until the permanent tooth comes in to fill it. This appliance will help your child's bite develop properly — and hopefully avoid the need for braces later on. Learn more about Space Maintainers.
Besides being painful, a child's sports-related dental injury can mean time lost from school and work, plus substantial cost. A properly fitted, comfortable mouthguard, worn at practice and games, can greatly reduce the likelihood of serious dental injury. Learn more about Mouthguards for Children.
Sedation dentistry can be of great benefit to children and teenagers who would otherwise be anxious and fearful during dental treatment. With local anesthetics and sedative medications, it's possible for your child to have a dental experience that's free of anxiety and pain. Learn more about Sedation Dentistry.
Emergency Dental Treatment
If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. We can treat a variety of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely. Please call our office for assistance.