Welcome to the pediatric dental office of Bruce B. Baker, DMD, where we are dedicated to making each and every visit a success, by providing the proper tools and information children need to grow with healthy teeth.
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• Specializing in handling fearful children
• Interceptive Ortho
• Parents welcome to accompany children
• Dental assistants trained in working with children
• Nitrous oxide (Laughing Gas) and oral sedation available
• In office general anesthesia-anesthesiologist on staff
• We accept most insurances
• Major credit cards accepted
• Prompt and friendly service
• State of the art equipment
The optimum time to begin correcting Orthodontic problems is when you see the problem beginning. Many children begin treatment at the age of 4 or 5. We are well versed in early intervention of orthodontic problems and have prevented many children from requiring extensive treatment in the future.
Your First Visit:
1. Examination of oral cavity and the head/neck area for signs of dental cavities, infection, or any other abnormalities.
2. Evaluation of bite and room for erupting teeth, as well as oral habits like thumb sucking, mouth breathing, etc.
3. X-rays may be necessary depending on each individual case
4. Teeth cleaning
5. Fluoride application to help teeth become more resistant to cavities.
We are dedicated to making every dental visit as pleasant as possible. Dr. Baker will review your child’s health and dental histories, learn your concerns and answer your questions. After the initial consultation, your child will then be scheduled for the treatment to be completed. Parents are encouraged to accompany their child and share the experience.
It is our belief that prevention is the most important factor in the treatment of dental disease. This is why we take the time to teach children about good dietary habits, brushing, flossing, and avoiding trauma to their teeth in the playground/schoolyard
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q’s):
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
This is dentistry specially designed for the care of children’s teeth.
Are baby teeth different from adult teeth?
To start with, they have no premolars and their teeth are much smaller. More importantly, it is their structure which makes them different. Also, decay spreads at a faster rate in baby teeth. Remember, baby teeth are also called Milk teeth and Deciduous teeth.
Why is it important to take good care of these teeth?
If decay is allowed to persist in these, it can affect the permanent adult teeth developing near the roots of these baby teeth. Hence the damage may be permanent and irreversible.
What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or BBTD is the condition when several teeth are decayed as a result of these teeth being bathed with a carbohydrate solution such as milk or juice for prolonged periods of time. For instant, a baby sleeping with the bottle for the entire night or even a few hours is enough to cause such decay.
What is rampant caries?
This is a condition where most, if not all the teeth in the child’s mouth are decayed. Being baby teeth, the decay spreads fast. Poor hygiene, prolonged exposure to carbohydrate and neglect are some of the causes.
WHY RESTORE PRIMARY TEETH (BABY TEETH)?
Parents are often surprised to learn that their children have dental decay. They question the need to repair or restore the baby teeth because, after all, they are going to fall out.
Before the teeth erupt into the mouth, the bacteria that causes tooth decay is swallowed with food or saliva. When the first tooth appears there is now a surface for bacteria to adhere to and multiply.
• The primary teeth must be present to help guide the proper path for eruption (coming into the mouth) of the permanent teeth.
• If a child has a toothache or pain with chewing, he will not be able to eat properly. Decayed molars may affect a child’s nutrition and could result in weight loss.
• Before age two and a half, the upper front primary teeth (incisors) are necessary for normal speech development. The facial appearance will also be affected by the early loss of the incisors.
• Abscess of the tooth may occur if tooth decay is not treated.
Extensive decay of a primary molar may require an extraction. Extraction of a primary molar in a toddler or preschooler could cause the accidental removal of the developing permanent tooth.
• Decay can spread from one tooth to the other by direct contact or by shedding into the saliva.