We Care About Kids!
At Hicks Family Dentistry, we want to relieve your child’s apprehensions before beginning any kind of treatment.
You can be confident that your child will receive the latest innovations in children’s dentistry, with techniques
intended to lessen their time in the chair, conveyed with caring, thoughtfulness, and compassion. We love
encouraging appropriate dental care routines and look forward to instructing children how to keep their teeth healthy
for a lifetime. Bring them in for their first dental appointment with us when they are three years old and see why
our many happy parents say our office is an appealing place their children love to visit. Whether you have a nervous
eight-year-old or a rowdy four-year-old, we are here to help.
Protecting Vulnerable Teeth
Children’s teeth are more susceptible to cavities than adults. They frequently do not brush properly, and they eat
more times during the day. Consequently, acids, bacteria, and plaque will develop rapidly. If teeth are already not
as clean as they need to be, extended exposure to acid (created in the mouth when food particles and residue are
present) will hasten the rate of cavity development.
We urge parents to supervise their children’s daily dental routine until they can clean their teeth properly by
themselves. We offer instruction on making better nutritional choices to help care for their teeth, and we offer
the application of a fluoride varnish to mineralize their teeth to significantly reduce the prospect of incurring
Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
Trying to brush back teeth is a challenge even when we’re adults. Grooves can be deep and difficult for bristles to
reach. This is particularly true for kids whose dexterity isn’t yet completely developed. This allows bacteria and
acids to remain and trigger plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once a tooth has decay, it is impaired
permanently and will require a filling or a crown.
The use of dental sealants helps offset a child’s inability to brush correctly, shielding their teeth from damage.
The procedure is harmless, painless, and takes just a few minutes to complete. After the tooth (or teeth) is cleansed
and sterilized, a light coat of a white or clear, plastic sealant is painted on the tooth. Then a curing light is
focused on the sealant to bond it into place. This requires no shots, drills, or the elimination of any tooth structure.
Employing dental sealants is one of the best pre-emptive actions for both children and adolescents to preserve their
Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! Give us a call today at (717) 625-0596 to schedule a visit for everyone.