As part of our mission here at the Greatest Smiles on Earth, Dr. Thomas Becher believes in providing high-quality preventative and corrective dental care to infants, children, and adolescents. If your child requires a filling for a cavity, Dr. Thomas Becher is a reliable dentist you can trust to care for your little one.
Dental fillings, sometimes called tooth restorations, are common for children. When your child has a cavity, part of the tooth has started to decay and to prevent further erosion and damage, a filling is necessary to restore the tooth to a healthy state.
At the Greatest Smiles on Earth, we believe that teaching your child proper oral hygiene and providing the utmost in restorative care to their tiny mouths will set them up for the healthiest, happiest, and most smiley mouths around.
What types of fillings are available?
In the past, dentists made fillings from high quality, non-reactive materials such as gold, silver, porcelain, and composite. Some of these materials are still occasionally used and have a long reputation for holding up to the everyday wear and tear of the human mouth.
Like most modern advancements, dental technology has evolved to offer more options to our patients. At the Greatest Smiles on Earth, we offer the latest ceramic and plastic compound materials for fillings that best match the natural color of your child’s teeth.
What’s right for your child?
Before you rush to a decision to fix a cavity, it’s essential to understand all your options. You will want to consider performance, durability, longevity, and cost when picking a treatment plan.
Some factors Dr. Thomas Becher will consider before selecting the material for your child’s filling include:
- The composition of the filling material – Our office prefers to use the highest quality composite or porcelain materials as opposed to silver for our filling procedures
- The decay of the impacted tooth
- The location of the tooth needing restoration
- The importance of the tooth for chewing and talking
- The number of treatments and visits needed during care
How do we prevent additional decay in the future?
At the Greatest Smiles on Earth, Dr. Thomas Becher believes that preventative care is the best way to protect your child’s teeth. We recommend a sealant procedure to all our patients to guard their little mouths from plaque and food build-up that commonly leads to cavities.
In addition to our excellent in-office sealant and fluoride treatments, we recommend that all our patients build healthy teeth cleaning habits, such as brushing and flossing twice a day. The typical routine is to have your child brush and floss their teeth after their morning breakfast and right before bed.
Supervise them while they brush to ensure the best methods and remind them to brush their tongues as well!
Does fluoride prevent cavities?
At your child’s bi-annual visit, we will provide a regular fluoride treatment as part of our arsenal of preventative care. You may frequently see toothpaste and mouthwash advertised as containing fluoride, but these treatments deliver a much more powerful dose than over-the-counter products. We advise our patients to utilize our in-office fluoride as well as fluoride-containing oral care products for the best results.
Kala is the cheery voice and pleasant smile that greets you at our office. She is the “concierge” of our practice, manages the daily activities of our office, and can assist you with all your insurance and accounting needs. She bubbles with energy and enthusiasm, and always brightens our day.
Kala is the proud mother of 2 wonderful little boys. She loves all sports, playing board games, taking vacations to Florida, eating tacos, and being a “mommy!”
The Greatest Smiles on Earth is Worthington, Ohio’s #1 Choice For Pediatric & Orthodontic Dental Care
We recommend a first comprehensive dental visit including a professional cleaning at 2 to 3 years of age. This gives us the opportunity to establish good dental habits at an early age, and correct any existing problems before they become serious and result in permanent damage.
As a parent, you can play an important role in preparing your child for this visit. It is important to demonstrate positive attitudes and encouraging language when describing the dental visit. Avoid using technical terminology unfamiliar to your child to describe dental procedures. Children’s books and videos can assist you in communication by describing the dental visit utilizing age-appropriate language and visualizations. Be positive! Describe the first visit as an adventure, much like a visit to the zoo.