Early dental care and orthodontics lead to healthier, more confident children. Our children’s dentists and orthodontists in Whitehorse, Yukon, treat oral health from infancy through the teenage years and beyond. We have the availability and space for scheduling multiple children consecutively or simultaneously in our patient-centered treatment rooms. We create personalized treatment plans for young children, pre-teens, and teenagers to guide their dental growth and development.
Regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist’s office are essential components of oral and overall health. Preventative children’s dentistry promotes normal speech development and overall health.
Routine early intervention reduces the risk of poor oral hygiene and the side effects. Lack of preventative dental care for young people increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. Preventive dental care can help avert future restorative requirements (such as metal crowns, dentures, and dental implants).
Our attentive dental hygienists clean children’s teeth and apply additional treatments to prevent and detect oral health problems.
Cavities are most commonly found on the posterior (back) permanent teeth. Molars are used to chew food and can easily get particles and germs in their deep grooves and crevices. When paired with regular dental cleanings from one of our skilled dental hygienists, dental sealants prevent dental decay.
Without any numbing or drilling, dental sealants are composed of composite resin that seals these deep crevices. Reducing the depth of these natural grooves in the teeth with dental sealant makes it more difficult for bacteria and food particles to anchor to the molar. Dental sealants are a cost-effective way to diminish the risk of developing cavities.
Our teeth are composed of many minerals that make them healthy and strong, including fluoride. Bacteria and sugars in the oral cavity cause demineralization at every meal. Commonly found in toothpaste and treated public water, fluoride strengthens the surface of the teeth and makes them more resistant to acid.
Our dentists and hygienists apply topical fluoride to reverse the beginning stages of tooth decay. In-clinic fluoride treatments are much higher in concentration than fluoride found in toothpaste. Fluoride treatment can boost fluoride absorption into the teeth, which strengthens the integrity of teeth.
Our dental hygienists also educate children on habits of maintaining lifelong dental wellness, including:
Orthodontic treatments are more than just metal braces. The orthodontist that comes to our clinic specializes in preventing and correcting irregularities in oral and facial structures. They draft tailored treatment plans to align the teeth and jaws for adequate function and form. Straighter teeth are not just aesthetically pleasing but also improve oral health. Straightened teeth allow for more manageable oral hygiene routines, which means less risk for cavities and gum disease.
Our waiting and treatment rooms are equipped with televisions and internet access for comfort and entertainment for the entire family. We also offer neck pillows, water, coffee, lips balms, Yeti mugs, and pencils as you wait patiently.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a mild form of safe dental sedation. It relaxes patients and delivers a sense of euphoria. If your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, nitrous oxide can help. A mask comfortably fits the nose to deliver laughing gas through the nasal cavity as the patient inhales. This treatment is followed by five minutes of oxygen to restore homeostasis in the body. Patients can resume regular activity after treatment.
Book appointments for the entire family at one time and in one location at Riverstone Dental by calling (867) 668-6077.