Digital X-Rays – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Dallas

Why are digital X-rays needed?

Many disease of the oral cavity (which includes the teeth and surrounding tissues and bone) cannot be seen when the dentist examines your mouth. An X-Ray exam may help the dentist see:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth or below fillings
  • bone damage from a tooth infection or a cyst
  • bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease
  • developmental defects
  • some types of tumors
  • the effects of trauma
  • the position of unerupted teeth in children and adults

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and uneeded discomfort and help prevent more serious health problems. X-ray images may be able to help the dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam.

If you change your dentist, you can usually arrange to have copies of your x-ray images sent from your previous dentist to your new dentist. If you are not able to, your new dentist may take x-rays for the reasons listed above. or so he or she can compare them with future x-ray images.

A Smile Pediatric Dentistry proudly serves children in Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or visit us.

Fluoride – A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Dallas

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research shows that fluoride can prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. Fluoride also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen.

Teeth can be exposed to fluoride in two ways.

1) When fluoride is swallowed, it is called systemic fluoride. The most common source of systemic fluoride is fluoride in water. Optimal levels of fluoride to prevent decay can occur naturally in water. Some communities adjust the natural level of fluoride to optimal levels in a process called water fluoridation. It can also be prescribed by your dentist.

2) When fluoride is directly applied to the surface of your teeth, it is called topical fluoride. Fluoride tooth paste and mouth rinses sold in stores contain topical fluoride. Professionally applied topical fluoride treatments in the form of gels and varnishes are available from your dentist and is recommended. It is usually covered by the insurance.

A Smile Pediatric Dentistry proudly serves children in Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or visit us.

Tips for Your Child’s First Dental Office Visit (2) — A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano TX

For your child’s first visit to the dentist, you will likely fill in a batch of forms. It will take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending on your speed and number of children. While the child will enjoy the toys, TV, or computer games during this time period, it will be better if this waiting period can be shortened. As the parent, you can help by downloading the forms and fill them in before hand. For A Smile Pediatric Dentistry, the forms needed for the first visit are available here.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s first visit to our Plano pediatric dentistry for your child, please feel free to call us at (972)6182958 or visit us at 4500 Legacy Dr, Ste 300, Plano TX 75024.

Tips for Your Child’s First Dental Office Visit (1) — A Smile Pediatric Dentistry Plano TX

A lot of parents are quite anxious when it is time for your child’s first visit to the dentist. While it is surely understandable, it is truly not necessary.

First visit for the dentist usually involves no treatment at all. It generally includes only exam, cleaning, and x-Ray if it is deemed necessary. The most difficult part in this whole process likely is asking the child to open his/her mouth. At A Smile Pediatric Dentistry, we provide ceiling mounted TV for the child to relax and prospective prizes to encourage the child to cooperate. Most importantly, Dr. Su and the staff will use behavior management techniques to guide the child to happily cooperate.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s first visit to our Plano pediatric dentistry for your child, please feel free to call us at (972)6182958 or visit us at 4500 Legacy Dr, Ste 300, Plano TX 75024.