Keith Shrum Dentistry wants to make every visit to the dentist fun for your children, because their early impressions of all their experiences will last for a lifetime. So we strive to create a comfortable dental environment that they can trust! Each operatory even has a complete entertainment system to keep your child's attention while they are in our office.
We have many approaches to your child's dental growth and development. Our goal is to head off any potential oral health problems before they occur. Through routine check-ups, we want to ensure that their teeth and gums stay healthy all through their formative years.
Usually we see your children when they reach 3 years of age unless you see something that concerns you before that time. At age 3, the first experience is designed to be very easy and fun; we give them a ride in the chair and a prize for being a good helper. We may or may not even look at their teeth. If they are ready and co-operative, we will, but we don't force anything. Usually we find that if they go away with a positive experience they won't be afraid to let us look next time.
At Keith Shrum Dentistry our primary goal with children is to use preventive techniques to eliminate problems before they occur. One of the best examples of this is sealing children's teeth. Most of us have fillings on the top surface of our back teeth because the deep grooves of the back teeth are difficult to clean. This part of the mouth is by far the most susceptible area to decay. A sealant fills in the deep grooves so they are easy to clean.
This is done without freezing or drilling, we seal the top of the tooth with bonding and a thin layer of permanent filling material. This type of sealant is extremely durable and lasts for years. In many cases, it never needs to be redone.
This is probably the single most beneficial procedure we do. If your child never gets a cavity, they will never have their old fillings crack and require crowns and/or root canals like most adults.