Providing the best care for your entire family
At Glen Lake Family Dentistry, we believe that a positive dental experience as a child leads healthy dental habits as an adult. We are excited to meet your child and build a foundation of trust that will make his or her experience with us beneficial and long-lasting from childhood to adulthood.
Good dental hygiene begins with education, and our gentle and experienced staff will make your child’s first visit with us both fun and instructive.
Your Child’s First Visit
According to the American Dental Association, your child’s first dental visit should take place after their first tooth is in, but no later than the first birthday. The reason for this early visit is because as soon as a tooth appears, cavities can begin to form. Your best offense against tooth decay is a strong defense: being proactive about your child’s dental health can lead to a happy, healthy smile for life.
At our office, you and your child will meet our experienced and enthusiastic hygienists who will make your child’s first visit fun and educational.
Dr. Olson will then gently examine his or her teeth, and gums. Some of the steps we may proceed with included:
- We will examine your child’s mouth to make sure his or her jaw and teeth are developing normally
- X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums
- We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay
- We will talk with you and your child about proper dental care at home, including brushing with adequate fluoride
- We will discuss any issues or question you may have about your child’s dental health
“Friendly receptionist, great hygienist with gentle touch. Dr. Olson is very detail oriented. When work is necessary, Dr. Olson discuses reasons behind his recommendations. When more than one option exists, he provides details of all options and solicits client input.”
Pediatric Dental Treatments
Prevention of tooth decay in children is the best start for a healthy smile. There are a variety of dental treatments we provide to prevent tooth decay including:
We recommend fluoride treatments once or twice per year for added protection against tooth decay. Fluoride absorbs into the enamel of teeth, making it harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, we can apply a higher concentration onto your child’s teeth for maximum protection.
We apply a white plastic coating on the biting surface of the tooth that prevents cavities by sealing the grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as “pits and fissures.” These little crevices become the perfect environments for decay-causing bacteria. Immature tooth enamel is more permeable and therefore less resistant to tooth decay. Dental sealants are easy to apply and provide years of protection.
When teeth are damaged, we use effective treatments to repair and restore tooth structure, including:
A chipped tooth is a fairly common occurrence with children because of their active nature. Chips can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials safe to use both on baby teeth as well as permanent teeth.
When a cavity is discovered, we remove the decay and treat it by applying a tooth-colored filling to the affected area of the damaged tooth in order to restore its structure. In recent years, filling materials have been substantially improved by technological advancements, making silver amalgams a thing of the past. Today, our preferred options for tooth restoration include tooth colored composite filling materials.
Sports & Your Child’s Teeth
If your child is active in sports, we highly recommend a sports mouthguard, whether it’s over-the-counter or custom made at our office. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer dental harm when not wearing a protective mouthguard. With that in mind, we can’t emphasize enough, the importance of using a mouthguard to prevent injury to the mouth area, teeth, and jaw. Plan to have a mouthguard ready for your child’s next athletic season!
As permanent teeth come in, we will evaluate your child’s bite by examining the eruption and alignment of opposing and adjacent teeth. By the time your child is approximately 7 years old, most malocclusions have become evident. Orthodontic evaluation and treatment may be recommended in order to help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth. Early detection of orthodontic problems can simplify or even eliminate the need for later treatment.
Education is one of the most important aspects of dentistry for children; helping them form good dental hygiene habits that will last a lifetime