Family Dentistry and Children’s Dental Care
We welcome patients of all ages here at Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry. Our dentist, Dr. Michael Fulbright, along with our team of hygienists and assistants want to make sure your child obtains effective treatment as well as the most comfortable experience possible. We understand that little ones (and even many adults!) often have genuine fears and anxieties about going to the dentist, which is why our team focuses on providing all of our younger patients with gentle, compassionate care and making their visit both educational and fun.
Pediatric dental care options include an array of preventive treatments that can help your child reduce the likelihood of developing cavities and other issues that may cause major problems later. We also offer advanced treatments for common dental concerns that are already present. In addition, education is a big part of our family dental care approach, with a strong focus on helping children to develop excellent brushing and flossing habits so they can maintain good oral health from childhood to adulthood.
The staff at Fulbright Dental were very patient and kind. They gained my children’s trust and educated them on maintaining good oral hygiene. I was very nervous coming, but I was reassured the whole way through. I greatly appreciate the time and effort the entire staff took for myself and my family.
For all of our patients, particularly children and adolescents, regular oral check-ups and cleanings can go a long way toward identifying and addressing any potential problems as early as possible. We offer a full range of preventive and general dental care options designed to enhance the health of your child’s teeth and gums. Options include:
You may remember regular fluoride rinses from your time in elementary school. This treatment is no less important for children today, as it can serve as an effective way to reduce the risk of cavities. Fluoride is a topical treatment that can make the teeth stronger and less prone to decay. We’ll be happy to talk with you about whether your child can benefit from this treatment.
One of the most commonly performed treatments for children, dental sealants can be great ways to protect vulnerable teeth from cavities and decay. Typically most useful for the back teeth, sealants are composed of a strong plastic material placed on the tooth’s surface. The sealant can ultimately reduce the risk of bacteria invading small crevices and leading to cavities later. Dental sealants can ultimately work to prevent the need for fillings in the future.
With tooth-colored fillings, there is no longer a need to be concerned about the potential risks of mercury or the effect that unsightly “metal” fillings can have on your child’s smile. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a durable composite resin that can blend in with the natural color of the tooth. These fillings are completely free of mercury and are known to be stronger than the amalgam fillings that were standard treatments for cavities in the past.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
While gum disease is most common in adults, it can also occur in children. Poor oral hygiene in childhood can also increase the chance of developing gum disease later, so it’s important to keep the gums and teeth as healthy as possible at all times. Our practice offers a variety of treatments that can help children maintain healthy gums and quickly address any potential problems.
A CariFree® test is a simple, pain-free procedure that typically takes only about one minute to perform. The test involves swabbing a sample of plaque from the teeth to measure levels of bacteria. The results will appear on a handheld meter, allowing our dental team to determine whether your child is at risk for cavities. The test can also be useful for monitoring your child’s progress as they follow treatment regimens designed to help reduce risks of decay. In addition to the CariFree® test, our office also carries a line of advanced CariFree® home care products that can help children maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Our team will work with you to determine how to help your child maintain the best possible oral health and a beautiful smile for many years to come.
FulCare Dental Plan
Dr. Fulbright believes that every individual deserves high-quality dental care, regardless of their financial situation. If you do not have dental insurance, or if you are simply looking for an alternative payment method for treatment, Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry offers the FulCare Dental Plan. This unique program is a tiered payment system that encompasses a variety of procedures and offers significant discounts on office visits and treatments.
Visit our FulCare Dental Plan page for more details.
If you would like more information on our pediatric dental care and family dentistry options, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.