Preventive Pediatric Dentistry– Lincoln, NE
Stopping Cavities Before They Even Begin
Prevention is a huge focus here at Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, and that’s because avoiding a cavity is always much easier than getting one fixed! With regular checkups, cleanings, and plenty of giggles along the way, we can help young smiles stay problem-free year after year so they can spend more time having fun and less in our office. To schedule your little (or not so little!) one’s next appointment, give us a call today.
Why Choose Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry for Preventive Dentistry?
Pediatric Dentist & Father of 4:
Dr. Marty Killeen
Fun, Train-Themed Office
That Kids Love
Amazing and Highly Trained
Checkups & Cleanings
Dr. Marty recommends that your child should start receiving regular checkups and cleanings as soon as their first little teeth erupt. At their initial appointment, he’ll perform a brief exam, count their existing teeth, and go over how you can take care of their new smile at home. As your child grows and develops, their routine appointments will begin to more closely resemble your own, involving a cleaning performed by a hygienist. Along the way, we’ll always take time to discuss oral hygiene with your child so we can help them form healthy habits as early as possible.
Once a child’s back teeth come in, they are extremely susceptible to developing cavities because their rough surfaces easily trap plaque; plus, their location makes them tricky for little hands to effectively clean. Thankfully, we can give these teeth a bit of extra protection with a dental sealant. We simply apply a thin layer of composite resin to the chewing surfaces of the teeth, and it quickly hardens into a barrier that stops plaque, acids, and bacteria from settling on the enamel.
If you go down the oral healthcare aisle at your local store, you’ll find that almost every product has fluoride added to it, and that’s good news! When applied to the teeth, this mineral actually thickens the enamel and makes it more resistant to decay. You’ll also find it in our office, where we can coat your child’s teeth in a fluoride varnish to give them an extra boost of cavity prevention. It only takes a minute and can be done at their regular checkups to keep them healthy between appointments.
Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments
Silver diamine fluoride offers a fast and easy way to treat active cavities that doesn’t involve a needle or drill, so our little patients certainly appreciate it! Applied directly to a cavity, the silver quickly kills harmful bacteria while the fluoride strengthens the enamel at the same time. This not only prevents decay from becoming worse, but also stops it from spreading to the surrounding teeth. It’s especially helpful for treating several cavities at once that can’t be filled in a single appointment.
X-rays enable our team to look below the surface of the smile to catch potential dental issues as early as possible, but many parents feel anxious about them because of the radiation emitted. We completely understand, which is why our practice only uses 100% digital X-rays. Compared to traditional film, they emit about 90% LESS radiation. They also create higher-quality images in less time, making them a win-win for both us and our patients!
No matter your child’s age or level of play, they should always wear a mouthguard when participating in sports to keep their teeth safe from unexpected impacts. Rather than forcing your child to wear a bulky, “one-size-fits-all” appliance from the store, Dr. Marty can create a mouthguard just for them. It will be designed to fit over their unique teeth, making it much more comfortable (which means your child is more likely to actually use it!) and effective.
Occlusal Guards for Bruxism
Does your child complain of a sore jaw or headache every morning? If so, then they might be grinding their teeth while they sleep, which is a common condition known as bruxism. This exposes their teeth to pressure way beyond normal chewing, which can cause them to slowly wear down and eventually break if left untreated. To help their teeth stay in one piece while they sleep, Dr. Marty can have them wear something called an occlusal guard to bed. This is a small, specially-made mouthpiece that will place a barrier between the rows of teeth to prevent any harmful contact during the night.
Most young children will suck their thumb or finger at one point or another, but is your loved one still engaging in this habit even though their teeth are starting to come in? If so, this can seriously affect their dental alignment and even alter the development of their jaw if left alone. Breaking this habit is paramount, but we know it’s easier said than done! Fortunately, our team can offer you proven strategies that have already worked for countless children, focusing more on positive reinforcement and reward rather than punishment. Just give us a call if you want any help!
Infant Oral Care
It may seem unnecessary to start practicing good oral healthcare habits with your infant before they even have teeth to clean, but the Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry team can offer some helpful guidance to parents! For instance, gently cleaning the gum tissue after feedings with a damp washcloth will help get rid of harmful bacteria and lingering sugar. At your son or daughter's first visit, Dr. Marty can carefully review their mouth for signs of developmental concerns or decay while also addressing any questions or concerns you have. We want to help their little smile get started in the best possible way!