At Dentistry for Health, we’re committed to changing how children (and parents) feel about dental health and dentistry. We support a warm, inspiring and fun environment for children of all ages in order to stimulate self-confidence, a feeling of safety and an excitement for their overall health. It is our privilege to take the time necessary to partner with each child to discover his or her own unique potential and explore dental health in a new way. Our goal is to inspire and empower children through our pediatric dental learning lab.
Pediatric Learning Lab Highlights
With our pediatric learning lab, it’s our goal to help each child have as few teeth filled as possible and help them develop skills and behaviors by age 18 that support a lifetime of dental health. Here are some of the ways we accomplish this:
We explore the above in three ways: the self-care model, health-related sciences and exploring dental careers.
We’re making cleaning teeth more fun and more effective. In the learning lab, each child works one-on-one with a hygienist, who acts as a coach. We support developmentally appropriate skills for each individual. Also, we’ll take the confusion out of the many choices of teeth-cleaning items (brushes, pastes, flossers and pics, fluorides, etc.) available today. Our goal at each visit is for each child or teen to take one more step toward optimal dental health for a lifetime.
– Learn about bacterial infection in teeth and gums, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, carries, smoking stomatitis and angular cheilitis.
– Discover how the acidity of various foods and beverages, regardless of sugar, affects enamel erosion and promotes cavity formation.
– Witness through scientific experiments just how sugar and plaque (bacteria) combine to cause cavities: frequency versus quantity, sticky sugars versus liquid sugars, etc. Read the label and do the math to “see” just how much sugar is in your favorite soda or breakfast cereal.
– Study the internal anatomy of teeth, gums and bone: healthy versus unhealthy structures that require various dental restorations, root canals, orthodontics and extractions.
– Realize small changes in nutrition that make a big difference, changes that promote healthy mouths, as well as healthy, strong lean bodies.
Exploring Dental Careers
– Play with our dental art-materials. A child/teen might take an alginate impression of his or her own mouth and, with plaster, turn it into a replica model or learn how to place a sealant or composite filling.
– Observe dental procedures of all kinds. Wearing a white lab coat and mask, children and teens are invited to observe the dentist, dental assistant and dental hygienist in action! Teens can feel free to enjoy an extended stay, observing Dr. Khan or a hygienist for as long as they like.
– Discover abnormalities and diagnose dental disease using our digital photo library, dental instruments, laser cavity detector and periodontal probe.
– Investigate forensic dentistry using tooth models and x-rays to help you match the physical evidence to a real person – someone on our dental team.
– Learn about the various dental specialty services, such as orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery.
If you’d like to know more about our pediatric learning lab, contact us today!