Preventive & Diagnostic Services
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. During an oral evaluation, a thorough examination of the mouth, head, and neck is performed to detect abnormalities.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
During a regular check-up, oral hygiene instructions are given to both patient and parent. Good home care can reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up which can lead to cavities. Instructions include proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinses.
Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and polishing of the teeth to remove stains and prevent further buildup of plaque.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.
Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures. Advances in technology now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that parents can immediately review with Dr. Jamshidi.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) Application
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a conservative approach to active dental decay. It can be used to help prevent dental cavities from forming, from growing, or from spreading to other teeth. SDF works to remineralize small areas of decay in the enamel or to attempt to stop the growth of larger areas of decay. This treatment does not necessarily prevent the need for the placement of a filling, but may able to delay or eliminate further treatment. The application of SDF is quick, pain free, and easy for young children to tolerate.
Custom Oral Appliances
Our office can fabricate a variety of custom oral appliances that can protect your child’s teeth and bite.