Pediatric Dentistry

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We give great pride in how we treat children here at The Geller Dental Group. The American Pediatric Association recommends children are seen at 1 year of age. By doing this, we can detect any dental abnormality that may be present early enough to treat properly. The child also gets the opportunity to make their first experience a positive one. Rest assured your child will be cared for in a calming environment.

Dr. Diana Gabriel is our on-staff pediatric specialist. Please click for Dr. Gabriel’s Bio.

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Sealants

sealantsSealants are placed on teeth to help prevent dental decay. Teeth that have deep grooves are susceptible to decay because the bacteria that causes decay can hide in the grooves of the teeth and cannot be easily removed with brushing or flossing. Most commonly, sealants are placed on the biting surfaces of molar teeth. This picture shows a molar tooth in a young child. The tooth has very deep grooves, and is at the back of the mouth, making it difficult to clean. It is a good candidate for a dental sealant.

sealantsA dental sealant has been placed on the biting surface of the molar tooth. A sealant is a plastic coating which fills the grooves of the tooth and is bonded into place. It seals the tooth and helps to prevent decay.Sealants are recommended for molar teeth in young children and can also benefit teeth in some adults. Generally, sealants are placed once the tooth has erupted into the mouth. It is a simple and quick dental procedure which can help prevent the need for a filling.

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Congenitally Missing Teeth

  • congenitally missing teeth
    A congenitally missing tooth is one that never developed. In many cases, the lateral incisors never form, as seen above..
  • congenitally missing teeth
    In some cases, there are multiple teeth that do not form. Orthodontic treatment combined with implant therapy is usually the treatment of choice.
  • congenitally missing teeth
    Although this young girl has congenitally missing teeth in the back, the space is very apparent in a full smile. Ideally, missing teeth such as these are replaced using dental implants and crowns.
  • congenitally missing teeth
    The premolar teeth commonly do not develop. To prevent bite problems and other complications, missing teeth must be replaced.

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Oral Hygiene Instruction

  • oral hygiene instruction
    A soft bristle brush is recommended for cleaning your teeth. Placing the brush along the gum line helps to remove plaque that settles around the gum tissue. Plaque contains bacteria which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
  • oral hygiene instruction
    The biting surfaces of the teeth accumulate food and debris which settles into the grooves on the the teeth. Brushing these surfaces helps to prevent decay which can start in the grooves of the teeth.
  • oral hygiene instruction
    In areas where your regular toothbrush cannot fit or in areas that are difficult to reach, smaller cleaning tools can be used. In this example, a tuft end brush is being used to clean the inside surfaces of the lower front teeth.
  • oral hygiene instruction
    Flossing is a vital component of your daily oral hygiene routine. Floss helps to remove plaque which settles into the gum pockets around each tooth. Removing this plaque keeps your gums and teeth healthy.

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Hygiene for Orthodontic Patients

  • hygiene for orthodontic patients
    When teeth have braces, extra care must be taken in brushing and flossing to make sure that all areas are properly cleaned. A soft bristled brush is used to clean the teeth below the brackets.
  • hygiene for orthodontic patients
    The brush is then used to clean the teeth over the brackets and around the gum line. This is an area where food and plaque (sticky substance filled with bacteria) become trapped around the brackets.
  • hygiene for orthodontic patients
    A small brush can be used to clean underneath the wire, in between the brackets, and in hard to reach areas.
  • hygiene for orthodontic patients
    The teeth must also be flossed. A floss threader is used to pull the floss underneath the wire. This must be done between each tooth.

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