Welcome to our practice! Kids Dental Now doctors and staff dedicate every minute of their day to ensuring a wonderful dental experience for your children. Kids Dental Now strives to keep them away from anxiety and stress. Our facility includes a child friendly environment adorned with worm colors, TV’s in every room, iPads and lots of games. To make sure that your child’s first dental visit is great, we encourage parents to help us by explaining to their children that a teeth cleaning at the dentist is almost the same as doing it at home. Usually, the first visit includes a dental cleaning and digital radiographs, followed by a comprehensive evaluation by the dentist. Most of the time, if your child has cavities, we will set another appointment to fix them within a matter of days or weeks. This allows your child to get used to the staff and the office to ensure a positive and pleasant, restorative visit. We also advise parents not to instill unnecessary fear into their children by using the words “shot”, “take teeth off” and “needle” when referring to dental treatments. We welcome parents to enter into the rooms, and are always available to answer their questions.
Prevention is extremely important in our children’s life. Prevention in dentistry refers mainly to the topics of brushing, flossing, diet, and regular check-ups at the dentist. Brushing should be done twice daily with an electronic toothbrush using a toothpaste containing protective constituents for your teeth and flossing after each brushing. Together with brushing, diet is an important factor in prevention. Foods containing small amounts of sugars and carbohydrates are proven to reduce the occurrence of cavities. Regular check-ups at the dentist can prevent cavities by catching them on time before becoming very large and by applying topical application of fluoride which makes teeth stronger. Remember, without prevention caries in primary teeth (baby teeth) can form in a matter of weeks and month.
a. Composite fillings mostly known as white fillings is a way to restore teeth with small or incipient cavities. Drilling is required but the use of local anesthesia is not always needed.
b. Interim restorations refer to the type of treatments that are temporary until the child ’s behavior allows treatment or a restorative visit is scheduled. Usually, this is the preferred treatment for very young children or children with a large amount of cavities. Interim restorations do not necessarily need drilling or local anesthesia.
c. Crowns. Kids Dental Now is proud to announce that alongside traditional stainless steel crowns, we also repair primary and permanent teeth with ceramic white crowns and zirconia crowns. Crowns do require local anesthesia and drilling.
d. Baby root canals, called pulpotomy when they are done to a portion and pulpectomy when they refer to the entire clean up of a baby tooth canals are also offered. This treatment is needed to save a baby tooth that has been severely affected by cavities. Local anesthesia and drilling is necessary with this treatment.
e. Extractions involve removing a baby tooth or adult tooth and are caused by a variety of issues. Most of the time, baby teeth are removed because they cannot be saved anymore. They have either broken due to a fall or they are blocking a permanent tooth from coming out. At Kids Dental Now, extractions needed for orthodontic treatment are available and we also offer wisdom teeth extractions by a specialist.
f. Appliances are needed for different reasons. Most of the times when your child looses baby teeth before they are suppose to come out, a space maintainer is required. There are two types of space maintainers: unilateral (which holds one space open), and bilateral (when two spaces on opposite sides are opened). Other appliances available at Kids Dental Now are meant to move teeth into their place or stop sucking habits. Appliances are cemented temporarily with a special type of dental cement for 3 months – 6 months or even 2 years. We encourage you to ask (when in the office) for pictures with appliances and more explanations and to visit us on Facebook for animation videos on how an appliance works and is kept clean.
g. Laser dentistry is available now in our office for different dental procedures. Our specialist will recommend the use of a laser mostly for soft tissue remedies such as frenectomies (cutting the tight fibers in a tight tongue for example) with no need for stitches and offers a fast recovery. The procedure usually takes a couple of minutes and requires no hospitalization. You can learn more about it in the office.
Behavior management refers to the way we manage to bring happiness and comfort to even the most anxious dental patients. Our goal is for your child to feel comfortable, happy and safe in the dental environment. Children manage their fears differently based on their age, and many other factors. They also understand dental environments up to a certain point. For example, most of the infants and toddlers up to 3 years old that have never been to the dentist will cry if placed alone on the dental chair due to separation anxiety from their mother/father and because of the new environment. We use different methods to accommodate them depending of their level of understanding and cooperation. For example, desensitization works very well for toddlers, and knee-to-knee is an ideal fit for a baby. During desensitization a child will be introduced to the dental team and dental instruments and materials gradually during a couple of visits until the child becomes used to it all and allows treatment. For more information about behavioral techniques and definitions please refer to the forms section.
Post Treatment Care
Post treatment care is very important in order to ensure a fast recovery after dental treatment. Most of the dental treatments are fast and not painful, but some of them require special care. Some of the most important times to give extra care to your teeth is after extractions, baby root canals and applying cementing appliances. After every dental procedure that requires local anesthesia is completed, it is important to watch your child for the next hour or until the numbness goes away so that they do not bite or hurt the tissues that are numbed (for example lips, cheeks, tongue, etc). After extractions, remind your child until fully healed, not to suck from a straw, touch the area of the extraction, not to eat hard or seedy foods that can potentially get inside the hole left from the extraction, not to blow their nose hard, not to exercise very hard, and give them over the counter pain medication only if needed. Always remember to seek appropriate help if your child bleeds excessively more than 10-15 minutes and take them to the nearest emergency room. Always remember to listen to the doctor’s instructions and take home the post op instructions form available in the office. After fluoride placement or tooth restoration it is important for your child not to eat and drink for half an hour. It is also very important for your child to resume cleaning and flossing his/her teeth the same night and continue to clean their teetch very well every morning and every night for 2-3 minutes.
Common emergencies refer most of the times to accidents of the teeth and surrounding tissues (lips, tongue, face skin, etc). If primary teeth (baby teeth) or permanent teeth get hurt make your way to our office as soon as possible. If the accident happens outside of office hours or in the weekends go to the nearest emergency room preferably of a children’s hospital. Joe DiMaggio Children Hospital usually has a Pediatric Dentist on call. If a baby tooth breaks or get hurt your child may initially start feeling pain and mobility of the tooth and bleeding may be present. Bring your child to our office as soon as possible to monitor and treat the tooth if needed. When a permanent tooth gets hurt most of the time it can be fixed if you act right away. If a permanent tooth breaks or comes out of the mouth completely, pick it up, rinse it slightly from dust and any decrease under water and try to put it back into the mouth. If you cannot, put it inside your cheek in the saliva or in a cup with cold milk and come to our office fast. The more a tooth stays out of the mouth the less chances it has to survive. The best prognosis is replantation of a tooth in maximum 30 minutes from the accident. Remember the best environment to transport your broken or avulsed teeth is Hanks solution (Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS)). With this solution, a tooth can resist up to 6 hours. Most schools may have this available for the use.
g. Laser dentistry is available now in our office for different dental procedures. Our specialist will recommend the use of a laser mostly for soft tissue remedies such as frenectomies (cutting the tight fibers in a tight tongue for example) with no need for stitches and offers a fast recovery. The procedure usually takes a couple of minutes and requires no hospitalization. You can learn more about it in the office..
Post Treatment Care
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2500 E. Hallandale Beach, Blvd. Suite M,
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
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Please call: 954-951-3001
Hours:Monday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Friday: 10:30am - 5:30pm