Children’s Dentistry in Northfield
Friendly and Comfortable Dentistry for Children
We provide dental services for the entire family, and we love treating kids. Our approach is to give children a pleasant experience starting from the first time they come to our office, so they do not build up a fear of the dentist.
We provide a wide variety of dental services for children, and we always make visits gentle and fun. We even have a kid’s corner in our reception area with a play table and fun things on the wall so your children can enjoy themselves while they wait.
Your Child’s First Visits
Our doctors encourage you to start bringing your children in to see us when they are as young as two years old. We often start with simple visits where they can get to know us and have a fun, nonthreatening experience. We may simply have them take a “ride” in the dental chair or get their teeth “tickled” as a first level of activity. For children who are a bit older, their first visit may involve a simple exam or cleaning that is very noninvasive. It is intended simply to get them feeling comfortable with the staff and office so that when or if they need a filling or other treatment it will go smoothly.
Our Gentle Services for Children
Dr. Michael Davidson provides a wide range of services for kids. He approaches each child very gently and will always carefully explain what he is doing so your child knows what is going on. Below are some of the main children’s services we offer:
Thorough and comfortable cleanings
A lifetime of good dental health depends on regular preventive cleanings and practicing good home oral care. We give very gentle and effective cleanings for children and gently educate them on good dental hygiene practices so they can contribute to their own oral health.
If Dr. Michael Davidson needs to fill a cavity, he uses a metal-free, tooth-colored filling material that will not leach any mercury.
To prepare the tooth for filling, he uses an advanced dental laser that painlessly and silently removes any decay. This often eliminates the need for any anesthetic and makes getting a tooth filled a very nontraumatic experience.
Sealants and fluoride treatments
Sealants are a cost-effective treatment to help prevent cavities. Dr. Michael Davidson simply applies a thin layer of a plastic-like coating over the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth that acts as a protective guard against bacteria. Fluoride treatment is also available as an additional cavity fighter.
If an extraction needs to be performed, Dr. Michael Davidson removes teeth gently and in a way that minimizes any discomfort.
Baby root canals and crowns
Baby teeth can sometimes become decayed or damaged to such an extent that they cannot be repaired with a filling. Extraction isn’t a good answer, as baby teeth play a pivotal role in guiding the permanent teeth to erupt in their proper positions.
Missing baby teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift position, and adult teeth can end up trying to emerge in the wrong places. This can cause significant complications with a child’s bite alignment later.
Dr. Michael Davidson provides root canal treatment and crowns for baby teeth when necessary. He always makes sure the treatment is conservative and minimally invasive, and he uses a comfortable dental laser instead of a dental drill to remove tooth decay whenever possible.
To make an appointment, call 330‑467‑6066 or click here to request an appointment online.