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Oral Health / Preventive

Initial Appointment
Your child’s first trip to the dentist is important!  Our team is dedicated to creating an experience that will make your child smile.  During the first visit, we will review your child’s medical history, dental history, dietary habits,  oral hygiene habits and assess the risk of current and future dental disease, all while creating a playful tone to make your child feel comfortable.

Dental Education
Your child’s home care habits are the biggest influence on staying cavity free! It is our priority to provide education on a level that your child can understand and make sure all of your questions are answered.   Our team will provide you with helpful tips on how to be successful when you attempt to brush your infant’s teeth as well as how to kick those nurturing habits such as using a bottle at bed-time, pacifier or thumb sucking.  As children get older, our education will shift focus and we will begin to teach each child at their own level helping them understand the importance of good dental care and healthy eating habits.  We will work one on one with your child and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing as well as develop a personalized plan to help eliminate potentially harmful habits.

Exam & Radiographs
Even though you may think we will be challenged trying to get a good look at your child’s teeth, we assure you that our doctors will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums.  Both a clinical exam and x-rays are used to detect cavities and monitor your child’s growth and development. 

When do we take x-rays?
Anterior Occlusal X-rays are taken around age 3.  We are looking for development of your child’s front adult teeth and the presence, if any, of extra teeth.  We are also able to check for decay between the front baby teeth with this x-ray.


Bitewing X-rays may be taken around age 3 or anytime thereafter when tolerated by the patient.  The schedule that these are taken vary by multiple factors but typically are taken once a year.  Each bite-wing shows a tooth from its crown to the level of the supporting bone. They are used to detect decay between teeth and changes in the bone caused by gum disease. They are also useful in determining the proper fit of a crown and the integrity of fillings.


Periapical X-rays will be taken when more detailed information about a tooth is necessary (e.g. suspicion of an abscess or to check the eruption of an adult tooth)


Panoramic X-Rays will initially be recommended at the time of the eruption of the first permanent tooth or at age 6.  We again recommend a panoramic to check the development and eruption of the permanent teeth during mixed dentition, usually around age 10.  A panoramic x-ray will again be recommended around age 15 to check the development of the third molars (wisdom teeth). 

Why do we use digital x-rays?
Fishers Pediatric Dentistry prides itself on being a cutting edge pediatric practice offering only the best, most effective technology available.  For your child’s x-ray needs, this means we offer digital radiography.  
A common concern about dental x-rays involves radiation received during imaging.  Digital radiographs provide high resolution images and reduced radiation to the patient when compared with conventional film radiography.  The reduction in radiation offered by digital radiography is reported between 50-80% and at times even more.  This allows multiple digital x-rays for the same radiation exposure involved in a single x-ray obtained via non-digital film. 
Digital x-rays also alleviate the need for harsh chemicals to develop the image on the x-ray.  Once the x-ray is taken, the image will show up instantaneously and can be manipulated to enlarge a particular area leading to earlier detection of cavities leading to smaller more conservative restorations. 

Cleanings
Regular check-ups are important in keeping your child’s smile healthy.  We encourage a visit to our office every 6 months.  Our specially trained hygienists have creative skills to make every visit a pleasant experience.  They will scale and polish your child’s teeth and provide oral hygiene instruction based on your child’s individual needs. 

Fluoride Varnish
Fluoride is effective in preventing and reversing the early signs of dental caries (tooth decay). Researchers have shown that there are several ways through which fluoride achieves its decay preventive effects.  Fluoride incorporates into the tooth structure making it stronger resulting in teeth that are more resistant to acid attacks. Fluoride also acts to repair or remineralize areas in which acid attacks have already begun.
Fluoride varnish application is part of your child’s comprehensive preventative program at Fishers Pediatric Dentistry.   It is our office protocol to apply fluoride varnish at each routine care appointment for your child to receive maximum benefit. 

Sealants
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay.  Sealant application is quick and easy and does not require removal of tooth structure.  It is best if the sealant is applied soon after tooth eruption, before they have a chance to decay. A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years; however they will not last forever.  We will check the sealants during regular dental appointments.


 
 

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9126 Technology Lane, Suite 100
Fishers, IN 46038

Phone: 317-598-9898 | Fax: 317-596-9659
Located near I69 and 116th Street, behind Super Target.
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