For good dental health, we recommend that parents assist their children in brushing their teeth when they are young—kids don’t have the ability to do a thorough job until they are older. Your child should also not take a bottle to bed or sippy cup as this promotes tooth decay. With the fluoride in our water and home use of a fluoride rinse, tooth decay is very rare in children. In those instance where the dentist does need to ‘chase away a cavity bug, we use ‘happy air’ and give the tooth some ‘sleepy juice’ for a pain-free process. We use filing materials that release fluoride to help prevent further decay around the filling, and we top the filling off with a beautiful white star that looks just like part of the tooth. At each of your child’s preventative appointments, we asses the spacing and the way their teeth come together. If we feel that an orthodontic consultation is needed, we will recommend it immediately and give you information for a highly qualified orthodontist in your area.