We know that a positive experience at the dentist sets up a strong foundation of good oral hygiene for children. As a parent himself, Dr. Cigno understands how important it is for parents to make sure your child feels safe and happy in our care and receives the best pediatric dentistry and kids dentistry services available.
Your Child's First Visit
We recommend your child’s first dental appointment be scheduled as soon as possible after their 2nd birthday. That way we can make sure their smile stays healthy from the very beginning!
Dr. Cigno understands how scary new experiences, especially medical ones, can be for little ones. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at our Greenfield dental practice, they don’t have to be. At Cigno Family Dental, we take special care to turn your child’s visit into a memory they will look back on fondly—so they can look forward to their visits in the future!
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Cigno often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Cigno Family Dental, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Cigno Family Dentistry, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Regular Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Cigno to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Dr. Cigno may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, Dr. Cigno may recommend laughing gas. Laughing gas is a completely safe way to help children receive the dental care they need without anxiety or fear.
Once the dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. Laughing gas is widely considered to be low risk. At Cigno Family Dental, our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole. If your wisdom tooth’s growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Are you looking for a new dentist for kids? Give Cigno Family Dental a call to schedule your child’s visit today at our Greenfield dental practice. We’ll do everything possible to make sure they have a fun and comfortable visit that sets them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles!