Family & Children’s Dental Care
Health is a family affair, including oral health. Creating healthy habits like brushing and flossing early in childhood build a foundation for healthier teeth and gums.
Fluoride treatments are a key step in preventing decay. Fluoride treatments are especially important for children’s teeth, because their teeth retain fluoride on contact, making them structurally stronger. This is important, since permanent teeth are developing and emerging in the child’s mouth.
Adults, too, benefit from fluoride treatments. At any age, fluoride helps to strengthen the bonds in your enamel. This may be especially helpful to fill in gaps and keep teeth stronger, for adults with dental work (crowns, bridges, fillings) in place.
Fluoride may be applied in many forms, including varnish, fast-acting foam treatments, rinses, toothpastes and pleasant-tasting gels. Dr. Kirakosian will consult with you to develop an effective fluoride treatment plan for your entire family.
Dental sealants are an effective way to protect teeth from decay. The sealant is a thin, bacteria-resistant plastic coating that’s typically used on the molar, our back teeth where decay is especially common. Sealing molars when they first arrive in the mouth – usually around age 6, with secondary molars appearing around age 12 – may prevent the rate of decay as your child grows.
A sealant treatment is painless. First, Dr. Kirakosian applies a texturizing gel to your clean, dry teeth to prepare the surface to bond with the sealant. Then, the gel is removed and the tooth is dried, followed by the application of the sealant. The sealant hardens to an enamel-like finish.. Ask us at New Look Dental about the benefits of sealants for you and your family.
Tooth-colored fillings make the appearance of dental work un-noticeable. The resin used for tooth-colored fillings is durable, and may be tinted to perfectly match the tone of your surrounding tooth.
Periodontal treatments or treatment of the gums are needed when the gum has become inflamed as the result of bacteria in the mouth. Gingivitis is the first sign of gum disease, and can be treated with corrective procedures and care in-office and at home. Periodontal disease in its more advanced forms may require more extensive care than gingivitis, and it’s important to treat it immediately, even if there is no pain. If unchecked, gum disease may result in bacteria reaching as deep as your jaw bone and cause the loosening of teeth. Early intervention is ideal, including scaling and root planing to restore the health of the gum.