Prevention Based Visits
At Sunshine Smiles, we strongly believe that dental caries are a preventable disease. Our patient visits are focused on shining up healthy smiles and improving oral hygiene to prevent cavities. Statistics are startling:
- Caries is the most common childhood illness – 5 times more common than asthma
- 50% of children have cavities by 1st grade
- Six million school hours are lost each year due to teeth-related issues
- Children with allergies and asthma have a much greater risk of cavities
So that’s what we’re here to do—Save the world, one smile at a time!
Design – We designed our office and policies to provide you with a comfortable place for learning and treatment. Right when you walk in, the beach theme and colors create a happy and peaceful place for an accepting attitude. The bay—where the team performs your kiddos’ cleanings and exams— caters to children and is designed so your child sees other boys and girls having fun at the dentist. We have an open office policy, where parents are welcome to accompany their children throughout the dental experience, so patient and parent learn about prevention.
Informative-based – As an informative-based dentistry, our highly trained team will teach you and your child about caries prevention. We will teach you about good and bad foods, good and bad habits, how to brush and floss, and when in doubt, drink water. We won’t rush your visit and answer every single question. We are here to inform you early and never blame.
First Visit – A patient’s first visit is super important in our prevention-based practice. The team learns patient behaviors and finds a way to win each patient’s trust—whether it’s talking about princesses or superheroes, our team knows what’s trending among the kids. Then we just “count teeth,” but really we are completing a dental exam and checking for tooth decay (cavities). We also get an idea of what their bite (occlusion) looks like and take x-rays. The main purpose of this exam is to enjoy the first visit to the dentist and learn ways to prevent dental caries.
Sealants – Sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They protect vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque, foods, and acid. We paint sealants onto the enamel, where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. While sealants remain intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay for years.
Fluoride – Fluoride is highly effective in preventing decay. At Sunshine Smiles, we topically brush fluoride onto the teeth at each visit. This extends the protection from caries on your child’s teeth.