Regular Exams and Cleanings
Visiting the office every six months is strongly encouraged to maintain great oral health. These routine appointments are scheduled with a dental
hygienist and also involve an exam with the dentist. We will set aside 60 minutes for this appointment for adult patients and anywhere from
30-60 minutes for children and adolescents.
During regular exams we will:
- Check for any problems
- Search for cavities and signs of tooth decay
- Look for signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease
- Clean and polish your teeth
Early Dental Care
Early childhood dental care is very important for a lifetime of healthy teeth. There is no better time than now to start working on great oral
hygiene to ensure that your child’s primary teeth stay health and cavity free.
At Hazelton Family Dentistry, we see kids of all ages! We recommend that you bring your child in between 6 months and one year of age to start
familiarizing them with dental care. To get them ready for their first visit, we recommend that you practice brushing at home and getting them
used to having hands in their mouth. It is recommended that you are brushing your child’s teeth with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste
no matter what age the child is.
Children often times would rather be independent. This is fine! Let them brush, but then you get a turn to brush as well after they are done. We
encourage parents to help their kids brush until they are about 7 years old.
Establishing dental care early in a child’s life is the best way to create good lifelong dental habits.
Disney Magic Timer App
This cool app from Oral-B is fun for kids to use while brushing their teeth. They can learn to brush for longer and be entertained while doing
so. Kid tested and approved by the office staff families.
Dentists recommend that we brush for 2 minutes 2 times a day. For children, this can seem like an eternity. This website has 2 minute videos to
show your children to help them get into the habit of brushing for the right amount of time. There are great tips for parents on a wide variety
What are good oral hygiene habits?
How can I prevent cavities?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay. It’s a quick treatment in the office that can be done during your regular exam. It
is recommended for all routine preventative visits for children. It is often recommended for adults who might be more at risk for developing
cavities or sensitivity in their teeth.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
This antimicrobial liquid is brushed on teeth as a form of super fluoride to stop tooth decay. This type of fluoride would be used when there is
already decay present in a tooth. SDF is applied to individual teeth to halt decay while also giving positive effects to other teeth.
This preventative treatment is applied to teeth to protect areas of teeth that are hard to get to with normal brushing. The liquid hardens in the
deep grooves of teeth forming a protective barrier against tooth decay. This extra protection can help prevent cavities. Sealants are typically
recommended for children’s teeth as a preventative measure after their permanent teeth have erupted.
These are important in the protection of teeth and gums from injury. The American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard for
any kind of full-contact sport. We recommend a custom-made mouthguard that will be made to fit you specifically. There are also mouthguards
you can purchase at the store. We are happy to consult with you to get the best product to protect your teeth.