Pediatric Dentistry

One of the most important components of pediatric dentistry is child psychology.  Dr. Sam and team create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.”  Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so it is of paramount importance that children have positive experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.

Why is it important for your child to see the dentist?

 It is important for children to get in the routine of proper maintenance and care of their deciduous (baby) teeth! These teeth are important in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.

Education – Dr. Sam and her team educate both the caregiver and child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology, thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy.  In addition, we advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.

Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, we are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen.  Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.

Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay.  In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, we also able apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifiers, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.

Intervention – In some cases, we may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents including possible early orthodontic treatment or space maintenence.


Note that we do offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for children that are a little more anxious!


Below are some pictures of Dr. Sam and her youngest patients!

If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office!

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