Even if your child brushes and flosses correctly, they still need the “teeth cleaning” they receive in our office. Removing plaque is absolutely essential to preserving teeth. Plaque builds up on the tooth surfaces and between the teeth, turning into tartar, which only a professional can completely remove.
A family dentist provide general dentistry for all ages, while pediatric dentistry is focused on children’s teeth and dental needs. Dr. Clinton Callahan and all of his staff have gone through extensive training to address the unique needs of a growing mouth. Because we only treat kids, we are skilled at caring for them with warmth and compassion. This helps to put them at ease so they don’t fear coming to the dentist.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dentist visit by their first birthday. This early introduction allows us to see your child before the decay process begins and enables us to start the child on a prevention program to keep them cavity-free. Children that are introduced to the dentist at an early age tend to be the patients that are most comfortable going to the dentist as they get older. If your child is already past this age, don’t worry! It’s never too late to get your child on the path to good dental health. We look forward to meeting you and your child.
Absolutely. We welcome your presence throughout the visit and we want you to be a part of the decision-making process. We invite parents to be present for everything from cleanings to restorative or surgical care. The exception is for conscious sedation. For sedation appointments, we ask parents to step out to the reception area during the actual treatment time so that we can focus 100% of our attention on the patient.
No. Treatment under restraint has long been accepted as a viable option in pediatric dentistry. However, Dr. Callahan believes this type of restraint can lead to a traumatic experience that might cause someone to fear going to the dentist.
Fluoride in controlled amounts can strengthen enamel, but excessive ingestion can lead to tooth enamel irregularities. It’s easy for young children to swallow too much toothpaste while brushing, so we advise parents to supervise your young kids while they brush. Children (and adults) often use too much toothpaste (a pea-size drop is plenty).
Tooth enamel is very hard but can still be damaged by “hard foods” like popcorn kernels and ice. Keep your kids from cracking nut shells with their teeth or chewing on ice. Opening packages with their teeth can also cause damage to the enamel.
Sugar and acids such as those found in soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy can be your teeth’s worst enemies. With its high acid content, Mountain Dew appears to be the worst. Acids soften the tooth enamel, making your teeth more likely to decay. We advise our parents to watch their kids’ consumption of these products. We also recommend using a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after meals and having your kids rinse their mouths with a high-quality, child-friendly dental mouthwash.
Teenagers like the cool look of tongue and mouth piercings, but they don’t think about how easily they can fracture teeth or sustain an ugly infection of the tongue and lips. Dentists have estimated that up to 40% of people who have metal rings or other oral piercings have had big problems from tooth fractures and infection.
All restorative work is completed by Dr. Callahan from start to finish. Although it is both legal and very common in Colorado for the dentist to prepare the tooth and allow the assistant to place the restoration, Dr. Callahan has never felt comfortable with the delegation of this duty.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has established guidelines for the safe sedation of pediatric patients. When these guidelines are followed, pediatric dentists have an outstanding record of safety in performing procedures under conscious sedation. We adhere to these guidelines, which means we select our sedation patients carefully, we carefully calculate doses according to weight and body type, we monitor vital signs throughout treatment, and patients must meet certain criteria before discharge. Conscious sedation is not something we take lightly, but we do it with a very high level of confidence.
Do you have questions we haven’t answered here? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (719) 265-9600 so we can address all your concerns.