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Conscious Sedation FAQ

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What is conscious sedation? Conscious sedation is a management technique that uses medication to help the child cope with fear and anxiety in order to receive dental care. Who should be sedated? Children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills should be sedated. The very young child that does not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion for the safe delivery of dental care should be sedated. It is also…

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Sedation Options FAQ

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What are the sedation options for my anxious child, and what are the pros and cons of each? Option 1: Traditional dental appointments with nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) With nitrous oxide, Dr. Meggan can only treat one quarter of the mouth at a time, which means treatment may need to be done in multiple appointments. This may not be an option for a very young child that is not able to lie still. At Growing…

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Space Maintainers FAQ

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Why do children lose their baby teeth? A baby tooth usually stays in until a permanent tooth underneath pushes it out and takes its place. Unfortunately, some children lose a baby tooth too soon due to an accident or dental disease. When a tooth is lost too early, Dr. Meggan may recommend a space maintainer to prevent future space loss and dental problems. Why all the fuss? Baby teeth eventually fall out on their own!…

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Baby Root Canal Treatment FAQ

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What is dental pulp? The pulp of a tooth contains the blood supply and nerves. A healthy pulp is ideal, but if it is sick, medicine needs to be placed to maintain the vitality of the tooth. What can cause the need for a baby root canal treatment? Tooth decay and trauma are the main reasons for a tooth to require pulp therapy. Pulp therapy is often referred to as a “nerve treatment”, “baby root…

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Stainless Steel Crowns FAQ

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When is a Stainless Steel Crown recommended? Dr. Meggan follows the recommendation for use of stainless steel crowns as set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. These guidelines are the following: • If a pulpotomy (nerve treatment) is indicated. • The tooth has such a large area of decay • The remaining tooth structure is insufficient to hold a traditional filling. • A tooth that has formed incorrectly or has fractured. But, our general…

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Fluoride FAQ

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How does fluoride work? Fluoride is an element and it occurs naturally in some water supplies. When it is taken in the proper quantities on a routine basis it helps prevent tooth decay. When the teeth are forming, it helps make them strong. It then helps the teeth in the mouth by making weaker areas stronger. It is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene. Will my child need fluoride…

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Nutrition FAQ

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How do I make my child’s diet safe for his teeth? First, be sure your child has a balanced diet. A balanced diet includes foods from the following major food groups: Fruits and Vegetables; Breads and Cereals; Dairy Products; Meat, Fish and Eggs. Foods containing sugars and starches cause tooth decay. Foods with starch include breads, pasta, and such snacks as pretzels, goldfish crackers, and potato chips. There is hidden sugar in all sorts of…

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Digital Radiograph (X-Ray) FAQ

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How often should dental films be taken? Dental films are a tool used to see where the naked eye can’t. They are only taken when indicated but as a rule, children require them more frequently than adults. Their mouths grow and change rapidly and they are prone to more tooth decay than adults. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographic examinations every 6 months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. Children…

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Cavities FAQ

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What is a cavity? A cavity is when the enamel of the tooth breaks down due to bacteria left on the teeth. The bacteria thrive on foods and drinks containing carbohydrates. The bacteria release acids when exposed to these sugars and starches. If not removed daily, the acids destroy the enamel and a cavity forms. At Growing Smiles, we call these “sugar bugs” for small children who may not understand fully how cavities form. Dr….

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Dental Anxiety FAQ

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How does Dr. Meggan help with dental anxiety? Dr. Meggan has special training to help anxious children feel secure during dental treatment. Having our child friendly office helps, too. All of our team members have chosen to work in a pediatric dental practice because they love children and honor the trust you instill in us to take care of your child. How will Dr. Meggan help my child feel comfortable? There are many methods to…

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