At Carson & Carson Dental office, we have extensive experience in teaching children how to feel comfortable about seeing their dentist and caring for their dental health. Our wholistic approach to Pediatric care involves both teaching and promoting healthy dental habits to your child and providing you with the educational resources necessary to keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful.
The Importance of Early Dental Care
We recommend starting pediatric care between ages 6-12 months to allow your child to:
- Speak more clearly
- Chew more easily
- And feel more confident about his/her appearance
Early examination and preventative care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Trained and weathered in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry, both of our dentists Dr. LeRoy Carson and Dr. Derek Carson provide a caring and child-friendly environment that kids love and parents can appreciate.
What if my child needs to be sedated for dental treatment?
Young children and those with high anxiety levels might benefit from the use of a sedative during a dental procedure. Should your child need it, our dentists are certified by the State of California Board of Dental Examiners in using sedation for dental procedures. For more information on the types of sedation services we offer, click here.
Tips in handling these Pediatric dental emergencies. For Adult Dental Emergencies, click here.
Toothache: Apply ice to the face to control swelling if necessary. DO NOT apply heat or aspirin to the gum where the toothache is occurring. Immediately clean the area of the tooth in question. Rinse mouth with warm water and use floss to dislodge any food that may have gotten stuck around the tooth. Persistent tooth pain is nothing to mess around with, as it can require root canal treatment to fix in many cases and only gets worse when left untreated. Don’t hesitate to call your child’s dentist immediately.
Knocked-out Permanent Tooth: Don’t lose the tooth! Time is the crucial factor in saving a knocked-out tooth. If the tooth must be rinsed, only use water, never use soap or scrub the tooth. Only transport the tooth in milk or a cup full of saliva from the mouth where the tooth is from. If the tooth has no fractures and is still solid, a dentist can attempt to place it back into its socket if you seek professional help for the situation immediately.
Knocked-out Baby Tooth: Typically, no treatment is necessary. Baby teeth are not replanted into the mouth because that can cause damage to developing permanent tooth under it.
Chipped/Fractured Permanent Tooth: The longer you wait to contact your dentist after chipping a tooth, the higher the rate of infection is. Rinse the mouth out with warm water and bring the chipped piece with you if you can find it.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Prevent the jaw from moving around and take your child to the nearest emergency room.
Examples of Cases We’ve Treated
These children all suffer from infant bottle tooth decay, milk caries. Once the front teeth enter the mouth, a child sleeping with milk on his teeth will cause decay. I have seen breast fed children, as well as bottle fed children develop this dental pathology.
This is more of the same bottle caries.
This is a child who had her bottle decay treated with tooth colored metal based jackets. She was amnesically sedated and never remembered the appointment.
These pictures are of children with over retained deciduous teeth, which require immediate extraction. Failure to do so causes ectopic eruption of the permanent teeth. This could result in your child having a goofy facial appearance.
These cases of bottle caries or milk decay received tooth colored stainless steel crowns veneered with composite resin.
This child received tooth colored composite resin stainless steel crowns. She was amnesically sedated for her appointment.
Make an Appointment with a Pediatric Dentist at Carson & Carson DDS
Serving Oxnard for over 45 years, we are tried and true veterans of the dental industry. Our nurturing and experienced dental professionals can help you in achieving a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles. Make an appointment today with our Oxnard office at (805) 983-0717