Patient Education - Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Patient Education

Pediatric Dentistry Patient EducationAt Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe that success with dental health hinges on our ability to offer you the best our training and experience can offer. We do this while also empowering you with excellent patient education and tools for you to continue administering oral healthcare prevention strategies in-between visits. Children and parents need to be active participants in their care to find long-term success with their oral health and total body wellness. We have compiled this patient education guide to help you find success with your treatment with us. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is also here to answer any questions you may have about the process.


Pediatric Dentistry FAQ

Never be afraid to ask questions! Questions are a sign of an active mind. The more questions you ask, the more you learn, and the more you learn, the better equipped you are to make a difference in your child’s oral health. We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked pediatric dental questions for you to peruse. If you have a question you don’t see featured here, let us know and we will help you answer it!

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Dental Emergencies

Knowing the common types of pediatric oral injuries, and what symptoms merit seeking emergency dental care, will help you remain calm during a time of duress. Kids are kids and they fall frequently. Chances are — at some point — you will be exposed to some form of oral trauma with one of your little ones. Any dental injury, even a minor one, requires examination by a dentist immediately. Sometimes, neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that will only be detected by a thorough dental exam. Call a member of our Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics team as soon as you can for advice on how to proceed when an injury has occurred. We have compiled a list of the common pediatric emergency dental care situations and what you should do to help dissipate your fears when accidents happen.

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Laser Dentistry

Dr. Nam is happy to offer the best of what’s new in dental technology with laser dentistry. Dr. Nam is currently the only dentist in Colorado we are aware of that can offer you this high-tech laser treatment. Laser dentistry is accomplishing what dentists (and scientists) have been working hard to accomplish for years — making a cavity procedure drill-free and shot-free. The laser allows Dr. Nam to treat patients without injections in 99% of cases. This makes for a much less traumatic experience for most children. Our young patients also receive their dental care in a fraction of the time they were accustomed to from traditional drills. Laser dentistry is so much more comfortable for our patients and there is no time lost waiting to feel your face again! The numb feeling following traditional cavity treatment can be very bothersome to many children. Now kids get excited about coming to the dentist. Kids think the laser is cool!

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Frenectomies with Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry tongue-tie and lip-tie correction is quickly becoming the treatment method of choice for infants with restricted tongue movement. Nursing plays an important role in early oral development — something Dr. Nam understands as a mother herself and through her advanced pediatric dental training. However, 10% of babies are born with tongue tie or lip tie (sometimes both), which hinders an infant’s nursing ability. Laser dentistry can help offer you a precise, painless, quick and minimally-invasive option!

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Oral Hygiene

Taking preventive dentistry steps now by practicing good brushing, cleaning and oral hygiene habits will save you time and money on restorative care and emergency procedures down the line and help you maintain healthy teeth. It is worth your effort now to maintain healthy teeth and gums by seeing your dentist regularly to avoid more serious oral health problems and more extensive and expensive treatment.

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Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating (usually clear or white in color) that is applied to the chewing surface of your tooth, which shields the enamel from further decay by “sealing out” food, plaque and bacteria. Dental sealants are meant to prevent the need for dental fillings, and require no drilling to the enamel or dentin in order to be applied. The great thing about dental sealants is that they are invisible — no one will even notice they are there, but they can make a big difference in whether or not your tooth gets a cavity or not.

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