“I liked when I put the floss thru your fingers to get the peanut butter off like I take the stuff out from between my teeth. I had so much fun. I had so much fun in the Learning Lab. I want to do it again!” Kelly, Age 6
“The cavity detecting laser was so cool! I didn’t know cavities could be so big without being able to see them on a tooth. I liked how the laser beeped louder, as the size of the cavity was bigger.” Samantha, Age 12
“Wearing the lab coat was cool. The impression material I put in my mouth felt funny. I can’t wait to see the model of my teeth.” Patrick, Age 10
Our dental hygiene team is committed to changing how children and parents feel about dental health and dentistry. We respect and nurture each child’s individual spirit. We support a warm, inspiring and fun environment for children at any age in order to stimulate self-confidence, a feeling of safety and an excitement for their overall health. It is our privilege to take the time necessary to partner with each child to discover their own unique potential and to explore dental health in a new way. We specialize in inspiring and empowering children and it shows in everything we do.
To help each child, by age 18:
- Have as few teeth filled as possible
- Develop skills and behaviors that support a lifetime of dental health
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Individual skill-building for optimal oral health Cavity formation, detection and prevention Bacterial and inflammatory diseases in your mouth Oral cancer causes, detection and prevention Nutrition for oral and total body health Dental professions exploration Forensic dentistry for fun
“We’re making teeth-cleaning more fun and more effective.” In the learning lab each child works one-on-one with their hygienist as a coach. We support developmentally appropriate skills for each individual. Also, we’ll take the confusion out of the many choices of teeth-cleaning items (brushes, pastes, flossers and pics, fluorides, etc) available today. Our goal at each visit is for each child/teen to take one more step toward optimal dental health for a lifetime.
Learn about bacterial infection in teeth and gums such as Ginvigitis, Periodontitis, Caries, Smoking Stomatitis, and Angular Cheilitis.
Discover how the acidity of various foods and beverages, regardless of sugar, effects enamel erosion and promotes cavity formation.
Witness through science experiments just how sugar plus plaque (bacteria) combines to cause cavities: frequency versus quantity, sticky sugars verses liquid sugars. Read the label and do the math to “see” just how much sugar is in your favorite pop or breakfast cereal.
Study the internal anatomy of teeth gums and bone: healthy vs. unhealthy structures that require various dental restorations, root canals, orthodontics, extractions.
Realize small changes in nutrition that make a big difference; changes that promote healthy mouths as well as healthy, strong, lean bodies.
Play with our dental art-materials. A child/ teen might take an alginate impression of his/her own mouth and, with plaster, turn it into a replica model or learn how to place a sealant or a composite filling.
Observe dental procedures of all kinds. Wearing a lab coat and mask, children and teens are invited to observe the dentist, dental assistant and the dental hygienist in action! Teens can feel free to enjoy an extended stay, observing doctors/hygienists for as long as they like.
Discover abnormalities and diagnose dental disease using our digital photo library, dental instruments, laser cavity detector and periodontal probe.
Investigate Forensic Dentistry; use tooth models and x-rays to help you match the physical evidence to a real person—someone on our dental team.
Learn about the various dental specialty services such as Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Oral Surgery.