POINT MEADOWS DENTISTRY
General Dentist in Jacksonville, FL
IN JACKSONVILLE, FL
We’re committed to giving you one more reason to smile!
- DR. ANDREW ZERBINOPOULOS
CHECK UP & EXAM
Dental caries (tooth decay and/or cavities) is the most prevalent disease in children, affecting up to 56% of children aged 6–8 years old. Preventative measures and habits should start early in life to reduce the number of cavities that will follow them into adulthood. After your initial visit, we will determine the next steps to help your children prevent cavities and to create healthy oral hygiene habits together. We will talk about proper brushing, flossing, fluoride usage, and more.
Digital X-rays | Our digital x-rays allow minimal radiation exposure and make the process easy and even fun!
Fluoride Treatment | Fluoride is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Keep in mind that fluoride treatments cannot completely prevent cavities. Fluoride can best help prevent decay when a child is also brushing, flossing, regular dental care, and eating a healthy diet.
Laughing Gas | With our caring dental team, local anesthesia, laughing gas, and other techniques, we can make each appointment a breeze.
Dental sealants are a great way to protect your teeth from cavities and tooth decay. Dental sealants are usually suggested for children and are typically applied after their permanent back molars erupt, around the ages of 5-12. Dental sealants are most effective on children’s teeth that are more prone to decay and who often struggle to brush adequately. Sealants are applied in a quick office visit and require no recovery time. To learn more about this preventive tool, we invite you to contact our Point Meadows Dental team today.
Extractions: There are certain occasions when a child may need to have a tooth extracted. The most common causes of tooth extraction for children include:
Tooth decay is too extensive for restoration.
Preparation and space management for braces.
Baby teeth fail to fall out before permanent teeth come in.
Removal of teeth that are chipped or damaged beyond repair.
In all these cases, we will take an X-ray to check the position of the permanent tooth bud and its degree of development. Any extraction will be followed by a space maintainer - a device that prevents teeth migration of the antagonist and the closure of the adjacent teeth in the available space thus affecting the permanent tooth eruption.
MOUTHGUARDS & SPORTS DENTISTRY
Even children’s sports involve contact and we recommend mouthguards for children active in sports. If your little one plays soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse or other sports, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, gums, and cheeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you still have questions? Give us a call!