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Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry

Children's Dentistry in Victoria TX
It seems like one of the most frequent questions I get is “do you treat children?”. The answer is absolutely! We love our young patients and will see them at any age. We use the same gentle techniques that we use for adults. If we do find decay in a child’s tooth, we can remove the decay and place a tooth colored filling. We can usually remove their cavities without any anesthetic while they watch TV. We really enjoy pediatric dentistry and feel great about showing children that it does not have to be scary going to the dentist.

Pediatric Preventive Dentistry

Sealants are effective preventative treatment to help prevent fissure decay. Beware though, as not all sealants are the same. We use an extremely high fluoride release sealant that actually automatically recharges its fluoride reserves from toothpaste or other sources. It is also moisture tolerant during placement, which is one reason why so many resin sealants fail or get decay underneath them.

Pediatric Airway Screening

In our pediatric dental exams we examine the child’s airway. This is extremely important because it can affect their breathing which in turn can negatively affect hyperactivity behavior, orthodontic development and facial development. A properly working airway is a big deal. Young children should not be snoring, breathing with their mouth open while sleeping or breathing loudly. If aloud to continue, these things can cause very detrimental developmental problems with a child’s growth and development. To read more about it, here is a link to my recent blog post: Why is my child grinding their teeth? .

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Enlarged Tonsils in Child narrowing airway

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Open Bite from Thumb sucking or other habit related to airway

In the photos above, we can see 2 very common issues that we see in our pediatric dental patients in our Victoria Tx dental office. These issues can cause behavioral as well as the physical developmental issues that we see. If not corrected at the right time with fairly simple methods that we have, these patients will likely have lifelong negative health effects and very difficult orthodontics later on. Early intervention is essential to their proper development.

Below is a questionnaire for parents to answer about their child. The more answers that are checked increased the possibility that the child may have a breathing disorder that can affect their sleep, facial and cognitive development. The next step would be to schedule them with our Victoria dental office or someone else with extensive education on pediatric disordered breathing.

Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire


The list of questions below all have to do with pediatric breathing issues. The more that are “yes” with your child, the more likely it is that they have an issue with breathing while sleeping .  In our practice, we are very interested in our patients’ overall health.  Orthodontic treatment can be an important part or managing the health problems caused by sleep and breathing disorders.

____  While sleeping, does your child snore more than half the time?

____  While sleeping, does your child always snore?

____  While sleeping, does your child snore loudly?

____  While sleeping, does your child have “heavy” or loud breathing?

____  While sleeping, does your child have trouble breathing, or struggle to breathe?

____  Have you ever seen your child stop breathing during the night?

____  Does your child occasionally wet the bed, sleepwalk, or have night terrors (circle any)?

____  Does your child tend to breathe through the mouth during the day?

____  Does your child have a dry mouth on waking in the morning?

____  Does your child wake up unrefreshed in the morning?

____  Does your child wake up with headaches in the morning?

____  Is it hard to wake up your child in the morning?

____  Does your child have a problem with sleepiness during the day?

____  Has a teacher or supervisor commented – your child appears sleepy during the day?

____  Did your child stop growing at a normal rate at any time since birth?

____  Is your child overweight?

____  This child often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

____  This child often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

____  This child often is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

____  This child often fidgets with hands or feet, or squirms in seat

____  This child often is “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”

____  This child often interrupts or intrudes on others (butts into conversations or games)

Total Score = ____________

First Dentist Visit

If your child has never been to a dental office, please call today to schedule.  We find that if your child is comfortable with their environment, we can often circumvent the need for sedation. We help the child become comfortable with our office with a “happy visit” if they are very young or apprehensive. Our primary goal during the happy visit is to meet the child, let him or her get to know us and the equipment that we use.

If your child is in need of a childrens dentist in Victoria, Tx please call us at 361-573-7722