One of the most important aspects of pediatric dental care is making children feel comfortable with visiting the dentist. Putting kids at ease from an early age will ensure that they return to our office again and again for proper preventive care, laying a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. At Viva Dental, we strive to make both kids and adults feel at home in our office, with everything from video games and a reading area in the waiting room, to TVs on exam room ceilings with wireless headphones. In the event that your child requires more than just an exam and cleaning, we also offer oral conscious sedation, a safe method for relaxing nervous patients that mixes nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications.
Educating Children and Parents
At Viva Dental, we strive to teach children good oral hygiene habits from an early age. Teaching them proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as educating parents on monitoring their children’s habits, goes a long way in preventing gum disease and cavities, not just in childhood but for life. Bringing your children to our office every six months is another vital component of their oral health, as seeing Dr. Truong regularly ensures that if new problems develop, they are caught early enough to be treated without invasive procedures.
Preventive and Restorative Dentistry
At every six-month checkup, Dr. Truong will examine your child’s teeth to make sure he or she is brushing properly. She will also administer a fluoride treatment, as children who are still developing their oral health habits are vulnerable to tooth decay. Dr. Truong may also recommend dental sealants to cavity-prone children. If your child has already developed a cavity, she will take great care to administer treatment in a compassionate and gentle manner so that your child has a positive experience. Using appropriate sedation methods, Dr. Truong will remove the decay and restore your child’s tooth with a natural-looking white filling or crown. To help children avoid tooth breakage and mouth injury while playing sports or engaging in other physical activities, Viva Dental also creates custom athletic mouthguards.
Orthodontic Services for Children
At Viva Dental, we also provide orthodontics for children to improve their appearance as well as prevent tooth, gum, and jaw problems caused by crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment by Dr. Truong, who has vast experience in this special area of dentistry, can correct a variety of issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, and widely-spaced teeth. Treatment typically takes about two years, during which time your children can have adjustments performed by the dentist they know and love rather than an orthodontic specialist.
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