Sedation in Pediatric Dentistry . There are several ways to sedate a child during a dental procedure. One of the most common methods is nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas. It makes the patient feel more relaxed. There is no long lasting effect of nitrous.
Concern about mercury in amalgam. The controversy over amalgam centers on how much mercury fillings released and how much the body absorbs. Studies have shown that the amount of mercury you are exposed to from your fillings is less than the amount that most people are exposed to in their daily environment or in the food they eat.
Early Childhood Caries is a tooth decay in a child under age of 6. While some children may only have one tooth that is decayed, and some may have multiple teeth that are decayed it is important to understand that tooth decay in childhood is not normal and can be prevented.
Fluoride for Children. It’s very important to provide the fluoride treatment for children. The fluoride treatment prevents decay and helps teeth grow with a healthy dentition. Children under the age of two should not receive any topical form of fluoride due to the potential of swallowing it.
Child’s First Visit to the Dentist. Children should have their first dental checkup within 6 months of their first tooth appearance. At this time only a visual exam can be done but early dental problems may be detected and parental questions can be answered.