Our highly qualified team of dental professionals in Oklahoma City understands children and has the skill sets, education, and personality traits that make us an ideal environment for practicing dentistry on children in Oklahoma. Many of us have children of our own that we treat and care for regularly, so you can rest assured that your child is not only in qualified hands of dental professionals, but they are in good hands with loving parents just like you. We understand what it means to be gentle and caring with children while providing an engaging environment that allows your child to feel safe and comfortable.
All of us here at Reflections Dental Care would be pleased to become your child’s dental care team. As children grow, we look to educate and become a resource for them so that they can become responsible for their own oral care on a daily basis at home. Learning is a lifelong process, and understanding oral care, how to brush and floss properly, and taking care of your teeth starts at a young age.
Reflections PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY for children in Oklahoma City
It all starts with preventative efforts to make sure your child doesn’t get cavities and understands the health benefits of proper oral care. Starting now will ensure that your child learns healthy tooth care habits at a young age, creating life-long habits. Reflections Dental Care welcomes you and your children to join us and become a part of our team where we can treat and care for your child while educating them about proper dental care.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that parents get their children in to visit a dentist before the age of one, or shortly after they sprout their first tooth. Visit our office in Oklahoma City today for your Childs first dental appointment.
Regular Oral Exams and Teeth Cleaning:
Tooth decay can begin at a young age. Items like bottles and sippy cups containing sugary juices can negatively affect your child’s oral health. This is why it is recommended that children visit a dentist twice a year for an exam and oral evaluation. These preventative measures are needed in order to identify early risk factors of tooth decay as well as monitor the growth and development of your child’s mouth as a whole.
Fluoride treatments at a young age are necessary for protecting the enamel of developing teeth. Topical fluoride is safe for children when administered by a dental professional and is considered one of the best treatments for preventing pediatric tooth decay. Research shows that regular applications of a therapeutic dose of fluoride can reduce your risk of cavities by 75%, regardless of age.
We pride ourselves in being up to date with the safest, most technologically advanced equipment needed to safely care for children. Digital x-rays give us the opportunity to evaluate the mouth and immediately check for tooth decay and identify any tooth that may be coming in. Digital x-rays also allow us to monitor bone health and identify other issues that may not be visible during a visual exam only.
Children that have lost their baby teeth and have permanent teeth can benefit from sealants. Sealants are extremely effective for preventing tooth decay in teeth with deep pits and vulnerable surfaces.
Home Care and Child Education:
As your child grows, their dental needs will change, but the general treatment options will remain the same. Day to day oral care should carry into adulthood. Daily brushing and flossing will become lifelong habits that your child will develop and benefit from for years to come. Early development of efficient oral care will support healthy teeth and gums.
Restorative Dentistry For Your Child:
Tooth decay can occur even when proper oral care is being practiced regularly at home. The team at Reflections Dental Care offers restorative dentistry for children in a safe and comfortable environment.
Not everyone likes the appearance of silver tooth fillings, if you or your child is concerned about silver tooth fillings you can ask about our tooth-colored fillings that blend well with the teeth and give your child a very natural-looking smile. These filings are far more aesthetically appealing to the eyes of our patients.
Pediatric Tooth Extractions:
No, we won’t tie dental floss to a door handle and slam the door. However, if your child needs a tooth removed to allow another tooth to come in, or if there is a tooth that has reached an advanced stage of decay, the extraction of that tooth may be necessary to avoid further problems.
Nerve Treatments For Children:
Believe it or not, there are many children in Oklahoma that suffer from advanced stages of tooth decay. When this happens, the decay can reach deep into the tooth, causing much pain as it reaches the nerve. If this is the case, the nerve will need to be treated so that the tooth can be saved, and no further damage occurs to the nerve.
Cosmetic Dentistry For Children:
Many children benefit from cosmetic dentistry. It can help correct aesthetic flaws that not only affect a child’s ability to chew properly, but there are also studies that suggest cosmetic dentistry can improve a child’s self-esteem and self-worth.
Tooth Whitening For Teenagers:
Many teenagers that have had orthodontic work find that after their braces have been removed, their teeth are off-color and can benefit from a whitening treatment. Our tooth whitening treatments will compliment your child’s new smile and build confidence.
Veneers For Young Patients:
Porcelain veneers are now available for our young patients. The veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth and help correct various flaws, including gaps, broken or chipped teeth, and off-color teeth.
Mouthguards & Athletic Appliances:
It doesn’t matter if it’s a recreational sport, or a team sport, mouthguards should be properly fit for the safety of your child’s teeth. If you have already invested time and money into your child’s teeth, then it makes sense to protect that investment for both of you and consider a custom-molded mouthguard for your child.
Pediatric Sedation Dentistry:
Dental anxiety is common in children and helping them get the best experience out of their visit is our number one goal at Reflections Dental Care. If your child fears the dentist’s chair or has fears about a specific procedure that needs to be done, you can consult one of our dentists about sedation dentistry here at our Oklahoma City practice.
Nitrous Oxide & Oxygen:
There may come a time when a child needs a little more assistance relaxing for a procedure. The use of nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas,”) allows the child to feel more at ease without falling asleep. If you would like to learn more about this technique, we suggest a consultation with one of our certified staff members. This technique has been recognized by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a safe and effective option for children.
Pediatric Oral Sedation:
Reflections Dental in Oklahoma City is proud to provide oral sedation for our young patients. Our staff has advanced training and knowledge of oral sedation for children needing dental work. Anxiety, excitement, and fear can cause any child to feel uncomfortable entering the dental office. If your child is showing any of these signs, please consult our staff and ask about pediatric oral sedation.
Pediatric IV Sedation:
An IV sedation is also an option for many children. There may be times where oral sedation isn’t enough, the procedure is extensive, or the child is too young to receive sedation treatment in other forms. If you have questions regarding IV sedation treatment for your child, please contact our office for a consultation.
Emergency Pediatric Dental Services:
All of us at Reflections Dental Care know that accidents can happen at any time. If your emergency should happen during our office hours, call immediately so we can get your child in. If an incident occurs after hours, call and listen to the automated recording for instructions.
Toothaches In Young Children:
Young children often complain of toothaches, but there isn’t always an obvious sign or cause of the discomfort. You should thoroughly clean your child’s mouth so that you can inspect the tooth. If the problem area has an obvious sign of irritation like food lodged in between the teeth, then using dental floss and rinsing with water is a great place to start. If there continues to be an issue and visible swelling or irritation of the gums you should contact our dental office in Oklahoma City and schedule an appointment.
For any other issues troubling your child’s mouth, teeth, or gums, you should contact us for an appointment. If your child has experienced trauma to the mouth or jaw and is in need of medical attention, we recommend calling 911 or taking them to the hospital, depending on the severity of the injury.