August 2017 Highlights

Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry Talks About Oral Health Care for Kids

Has your child ever begged you not to leave the dentist? Impossible you say? They just might once they’ve been to Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry. They are a group of caring and committed professionals who enjoy the adventure and rewards of treating children. Dr. Sheppard and his staff love children and are specially-trained to put them at ease. At Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry, they teach your children the proper way to take care of their teeth and just as important, they learn that going to the dentist can be fun. Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry provides the highest quality of dental care for infants, children, adolescents, and those with special health care needs.

Dr. Sheppard believes in having children receive excellent dental care while feeling comfortable in the dental chair. Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, they support the idea of establishing a dental home at a young age and recommend a comprehensive exam within 6 months of the 1st tooth appearing and no later than their 1st birthday. This should be the beginning of a positive relationship that will last through adolescence, between Dr. Sheppard, the child and the parent. It also allows them to monitor growth and development as the child grows.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty-training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Dr. Sheppard follows the same guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on children’s oral health.

  • Early Prevention – Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.


  • Diet: Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay.


  • Fluoride: Fluoride is a natural element. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride inhibits loss of minerals from tooth enamel and encourages remineralization (strengthening areas that are weakened and beginning to develop cavities).


  • X-rays: Since every child is unique, the need for dental x-ray films varies from child to child. X-ray films are recommended only when necessary to evaluate and monitor your child’s oral health. X-ray films detect much more than cavities. Pediatric Dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of child patients to radiation.  With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental x-ray examination is extremely small.


  • Dental Sealants: Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

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