With regular check-ups and cleanings, we can ensure healthy and happy smiles.
The American Dental Association recommends for all patients to schedule routine six-month check-up exams. At your visit, we will screen your child’s mouth for tooth decay and gum disease. Regular professional dental cleanings are essential for a healthy mouth. During your child’s dental cleaning, we will gently remove any buildup of plaque or tartar.
Without proper dental care, children are susceptible to oral decay. Healthy smiles should not stop at our dental office. Our team will educate you and your child on how to make good food choices and how to properly brush and floss at home.
Our knowledgeable team has the experience and qualifications to care for your child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout various stages of childhood.
We offer fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay for our patients. According to the ADA, fluoride intake is often recommended for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. During this time, primary and permanent teeth are developing.
Fluoride is applied to the teeth in a varnish form using a brush. Fluoride helps by making the tooth more resistant to the effects of decay causing bacteria. It can also speed re-mineralization as well as disrupt acid erosion in teeth.
In addition to receiving fluoride treatment at our dental office, it can be applied to the teeth through fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses. Mouth rinses containing fluoride in lower strengths are available over-the-counter. However, stronger mouth rinses can be prescribed.
Fluoride is used to protect the smooth surfaces of the teeth, in between the teeth and the cheek and tongue sides of the teeth. The biting surfaces are protected by Dental Sealants.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay biting surface of your back teeth. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the deep grooves and pits that are part of the natural anatomy and shape of the teeth.
Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
The process of applying sealants is easy and fast.
- We thoroughly clean the teeth
- The teeth are dried
- A preparing gel is placed on the tooth and then rinsed away
- A liquid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- The solution is cured or set using a special curing light
Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They may last for many years and may require reapplication as needed. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings.
We have been patients of Dr. Mike for years, and he has gone out of his way to see us and takes great care of our family's teeth. I highly recommend him to you.
John D. C.
Dr. K is always very professional very friendly very concerned about each of us. We are more than a patient to him seems like you really cares about each of us.
My family has been patients of Dr. Mike for many years, and we greatly appreciate the care we have received. Mike has provided solid dentistry in a warm environment, and his staff is very friendly and professional.
John D. C.
My husband and I have been patients of both doctors for over 20 years. Our family drives over 50 minutes for all of our 6 appointments because I wouldn't trust anyone else to mine or my children's teeth. The entire staff are accommodating, warm and friendly. I have always been scared of the drill but Dr. Koehne puts me at ease and makes all work as painless as possible. If you are looking for a dentist you can't find a better place to go for the perfect smile.