Routine Dental Cleanings

Keep your child on the right path to great oral health with regular cleanings from Busciglio Smiles. Our experienced pediatric dentists will asses the health of the gums and teeth, evaluate for oral disease, and perform a cleaning that will leave your child feeling great about his or her smile. To make your first pediatric dental visit more convenient, please print, fill out and bring a copy of our patient form to your first appointment.

Comprehensive Exams

Dental exams are an essential factor to your child’s oral health. From his or her first visit, we will be monitoring the teeth closely to ensure we’re taking every step possible toward the ideal result. During your child’s dental exam, a hygienist will clean the teeth and check for any potential cavities or gum disease. The exam will also include X-rays (radiographs) or any other necessary diagnostic procedures.

Our caring team takes great care to ensure that your child is comfortable and happy throughout their appointment. These appointments also give us an opportunity to explain oral hygiene to your child with the hope of instilling an affinity for oral care which will result in a healthy bite later in life.

Protective Dental Sealants

Early intervention is an important part of maintaining great oral health. As such, some of the treatment options we offer act as interceptive tactics, allowing us to nip common problems in the bud before they arrive. Protective dental sealants are an excellent example of this strategy.

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where four out of five cavities in children are found. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque, and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth.

Sedation Dentistry

Some children are given a mild sedative, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. This type of pediatric sedation dentistry is performed comfortably via a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective way of treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken in with normal breathing, and is quickly eliminated from the body. Your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

Habit-Breaking Appliances

We offer a variety of habit-breaking appliances and treatments to help break bad habits and keep your child on the right track to a gorgeous smile. These appliances break your child of bad habits by either blocking the action or helping to keep it at the top of your child’s mind to refrain, even subconsciously, such as when they are sleeping.

Bad habits such as thumb sucking can cause oral and facial issues down the road, so it’s important to get them under control early. Contact Busciglio Smiles to find out more about the habit-breaking appliances we offer.

Dental Space Maintainers

Depending on the results of your child’s exam we may need to introduce dental space maintainers, which help to prepare the patient’s bite for what’s to come. The space maintainers are aptly named, as they essentially “hold space” for the permanent teeth. They are often used when a child loses a baby tooth early, before the permanent tooth begins to erupt. This helps ensure that the permanent teeth erupt into the correct spot for the perfect bite.

Dental Care For Your Baby

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a dentist by his or her first birthday (or six months after the eruption of their first tooth, whichever one comes first). Early dental care is vital for your child’s oral health later in life.

At Busciglio Smiles, we conduct lap exams for your child’s early visits. A lap exam allows us to safely examine your child’s mouth and bite while they remain seated comfortably in your lap. During this exam, you will sit in the chair with your child seated in your lap, facing you. This keeps your child happy, comfortable, and calm while we complete the exam and provide a flouride treatment. In addition to examining your child’s mouth, lap exams help to build the trust of your child in our dentists, and allows them to become comfortable with the dental cleaning and exam process.

Special Needs Dentistry

At Busciglio Smiles, we understand that the dentist can be a scary place for your little one. That’s why we go above and beyond to make sure that every child has a comforting experience at our office. If your child has developmental delays or other special needs, Our team is well trained and experienced for treating your child appropriately.