Infants, Children and Adolescent Dentistry
A child's first dental visit needs to be near their 1st birthday. Whether you are a parent or relative, you can help make that first visit enjoyable and positive. Your child can be told about the visit, and that the dentist and their staff will explain all that will happen at that visit. At Briarcliff Smile Design we treat 'children' from age 3 on up. Reference our forms here.
Common Conditions that can be prevented
Improper oral habits can have a negative effect on the teeth, and jaw. Children as young as four years of age can be evaluated and coached on more positive behaviors. One of our staff hygienists, has studied oral myofunctional disorders-nail/cheek biting, thumb sucking and finger sucking, tongue tie and lip incompetence, which is due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
Sports guards are a necessary investment if your child is playing any kind of sport. Permanent teeth are forming throughout childhood. Sports guards protect against trauma to the teeth and jaw.
Grinding and Clenching
Grinding and clenching teeth occur when a person is anxious during waking hours or sleep. Grinding is detectable by the dentist and alleviated with a night guard. A fabricated custom night guard, made out of pliable material, is not only comfortable to wear but helps deter the damage that can be done by the grinding.