Dr. Crandall and staff are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy to teenage years. Children of various ages require different approaches in dealing with behavior, dental growth and development, and oral hygiene instruction. Dr. Crandall had more than two additional years beyond the 4-5 years of general dental training, which allows her to provide the best dental care to children. Dr Crandall and staff are also trained to treat children who have special emotional or physical needs. We have the privilege of affecting children’s lives in a positive manner.
Tooth development begins between the 3rd and 6th month of pregnancy. A mother's nutrition is important for the development of the unborn child. Calcium is the main building block for bones and teeth.
The American Academies of Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that children shoudl first isit the dentist between the ages fo 6 - 12 months. This exam is brief and emphasizes parental instruction about diet and nutrition, oral habits, and the importance of fluoride in tooth development. The next dental visit usually takes place when your child is 2 - 2 1/2 years old, at which time a teeth-cleaning appointment is recommended.
Every child is unique!! We choose from a variety of approaches to make the first visit as comfortable and fun as possible for your son or daughter. We give your child lots of praise to build a positive dental attitude. Convey good feelings about dental visits to your child. Offer positive explanations such as, “the doctors and staff will be gentle” instead of “they will not hurt you”. We are counting on you to give your child encouragement. Do not be upset if your child cries, as this is a new experience, and children are often afraid of anything new or different and strange. Crying is a normal reaction to that fear. We encourage you to stay with your child until they become comfortable with us, and then you may want to let them come back on their own to build up self esteem. We can build trust and rapport with your child to build their confidence and overcome small apprehensions. Please share your questions and concerns with us. We have an “open door” policy for parents within the office.**
**exception during IV sedation.
This is probably the most important part of what we do. A healthy mouth leads to a happier and more productive child. Regular dental cleanings and fluoride treatments can lead your child to a lifetime of good oral hygiene. We teach them how to take care of their teeth and healthy foods for their teeth. By taking periodic cavity-detecting and growth and development x-rays, we can catch small problems before they turn into big ones. We want to make a good impression on children so they continue to take care of their teeth throughout adulthood.
A sealant is one of the best methods of preventing a cavity on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Easy and inexpensive, this preventive procedure is recommended on any back tooth that does not have a filling or cavity.
Tooth-colored fillings help to restore broken or diseased teeth without the unattractive appearance of silver mercury fillings. Not only do these look better, but they also help to strengthen a weak tooth and make it less likely to chip or break further.
A crown fits down neatly over a badly broken or diseased tooth and provides extra support and the ability to function and chew. The crown may be stainless steel for the growing child on a back tooth, or may be tooth-colored in front teeth.
Often times children may need baby teeth removed for a variety of reasons. Whether decayed or infected or when recommended for spacing needs, or a primary tooth that doesn’t fall out when the permanent one grows in, we can help ease your child’s fears to get this procedure done comfortably.
Should your child lose a back tooth prematurely, we can hold the space with a retainer that is comfortable and easy for your child to wear. This will help prevent costly and uncomfortable problems later on when the new tooth needs to erupt. If a front tooth is lost, we can help with the appearance by providing a “kiddie partial” to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
One of the most upsetting experiences a parent may have is when a child injures a tooth while playing sports. Many of these injuries can be prevented by wearing a mouth guard that is custom fit to your child’s teeth. Many schools and team coaches require it. Our lab can make them in a variety of fun colors, too!
Anxious about being at the dentist? Let us help to recommend a method of sedation for you or your child that will make it easier to have the necessary dental treatment completed in our office. We offer a variety of options from nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (a pill or liquid medication to relax mildly anxious patients), or IV sedation by a board-certified anesthesiologist (for severely anxious or special needs patients).
Our doctors and staff are trained to work with children who have special needs. We have the necessary skills and environment to give dental care to these children and maintain the dignity of their parents and caregivers. We are devoted to the well-being of these children in our practice. We’ll help your child get the care they need in the most supportive way possible. As our special needs patients get older, we can recommend appropriate centers for their adult dental care as well.
Many orthodontic problems can be corrected in our office early on in order to eliminate or shorten the amount of time spent later on in traditional braces. Some problems, such as underbites or crossbites, should be corrected early in the pre-school or pre-teen years. Our doctors have had additional training in interceptive orthodontics to know how and when to treat these problems and can give you the appropriate referral to a specialist when necessary.
Children need strong healthy teeth to chew, speak and have a nice smile. Baby teeth keep the space in the jaw for the adult teeth. If lost early, the new tooth may not have enough room later. Eat healthy snacks and meals for strong teeth. A balanced diet with many fruits and vegetables will promote good oral health. Limit candy and snacks that stick on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. Eliminate sodas and juices and sports drinks from your routine eating habits. These have the tendency of causing rampant tooth decay. Supervise brushing to age 12 or more. Floss your child’s teeth if they have no space between them. Brush at least twice a day and especially at bedtime. Fluoride is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay. Drink at least 8 oz. of fluoridated water daily. If you have non-fluoridated water or use only bottled water, your child may be at risk for decayed teeth. We can recommend an alternative fluoride source.
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