Children’s Dentistry – Ballston Spa, NY
Only the Best for Your Favorite Smile
Establishing healthy habits at an early age is a goal of Dr. Dreher and our staff. This is especially true when it comes to healthy dental habits. Often, children are exposed to the dental chair too young, when it’s too late, or when they’re in pain. This could create dental fear and anxiety that the child may bring into adulthood.
The “right time” to introduce a child to the dental chair is unique to each child! We encourage children to visit the dentist regularly with mom or dad as soon as the child is able to speak. In our facility, children become hygienists’ helpers and “assist” in the cleaning, learning about the equipment and the importance of healthy teeth. This creates a positive, curious learning environment and often children feel proud to assist their parents or siblings.
Why Choose Frederick Dreher, DDS, PC for Children’s Dentistry?
- Dental Team Filled with Fellow Parents
- BPA-Free Dental Materials
- Calm & Relaxing Atmosphere
Dental Checkup & Cleaning for Kids
Whenever we see a child for a checkup and cleaning, our goal is not only to examine their mouth, but also ensure they feel comfortable at all times. This will help the child form a positive relationship with our office and dental care in general, which will make them more likely to brush and floss at home as well as attend follow-up appointments well into adulthood. We’ll also answer any questions they have and show them the proper techniques for oral hygiene so their smile gets off to a strong start.
BPA-Free Dental Sealants & Composites
We realize parents may have concerns about the health effects of BPA (an endocrine disruptor) in children. BPA has been linked to behavior disturbances, early puberty, and brain disturbances. BPA can be found in certain dental materials, including sealants and filling materials. It is our goal to make dental treatment as holistic as possible, and that is why we only offer BPA-free sealants and composites to the children that we see.
No Toxic Fluoride
Studies have suggested that fluoride in any amount can be linked to health issues. Fluoride toxicity has been linked to lower IQ scores and neurotoxin issues. We do not feel comfortable putting it in our children’s mouths, so we do not feel comfortable putting it in your child’s mouth either!
As parents, you have the right to CHOOSE to say no to fluoride. Although some dental offices will allow parents to refuse fluoride treatments, they may not be aware that fluoride may also be found in the prophy paste (the paste the hygienists use to clean patients’ teeth). Often, dentists do not provide non-fluorinated options for prophy paste, leaving a parent with no other choice.
You can be sure that neither our prophy paste nor our water contains fluoride.
Traditional dentistry has become a “cookie-cutter” industry, often leaving no room for unique patient needs. Sometimes, children who have allergies are not provided with the care that caters to their concerns. Let us do the research to be able to provide your child with their unique dental needs. We can proudly say we are able to provide a complete gluten-free protocol for patients who may have allergies. We can also use dye-free prophy paste!
Our office is equipped with the most advanced digital X-ray software. Why is that important to you as a parent? Although we use X-rays as a diagnostic tool, we understand that you may be concerned with radiation exposure to your children. Our digital X-rays emit roughly 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays do. Digital X-rays are more comfortable to take in a small child’s mouth, require less time, and give us a more accurate diagnosis.
Safe Ozone Water
We use safe, all-natural ozone for all dental treatments. Ozone is basically smart oxygen! Ozone finds the positively charged bad bacteria and destroys it, leaving the negatively charged healthy bacteria. We use it in water form to “swish” and irrigate during hygiene visits and gas during restorations to get the ozone into the tiny dentin tubules to help clean and remineralize the tooth.
One of our goals is to make the patient and their families feel at home. Our waiting room has a child’s play area, a fireplace, a TV, and a beverage station. Each operatory also has its own TV and large windows, which help the patient feel as though they are not confined to a small, closed-in operatory. We also make fresh baked bread daily to “remove” any of the dental smells in our office and use Himalayan salt candles to ensure positive energy in our dental office.
Athletic Mouthguards/ Sportsguards
Whether you have a future star athlete at home, or your child just likes playing the occasional pick-up game with their friends, they should always hit the field, mat, or court with a mouthguard. Rather than forcing them to wear a generic appliance, we can give them a custom-made guard that fits comfortably and provides more protection than anything you’ll find in stores or online. That way, you can breathe a little easier from the sidelines.
Special Needs Dentistry
If you have a child with special needs, then you don’t need us to tell you that dental care, whether at home or in the office, can be a big challenge. Our team welcomes every child into our dental family, and we have plenty of experience helping children with various mental, physical, behavioral, and sensory special needs. Just give us a call ahead of their appointment, and we’ll make any accommodations necessary to ensure a smooth and productive appointment.