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Friday, September 20, 2019

Do kids really love going to the dentist? Most children tolerate having their bi-annual checkups and cleanings fairly well. But then the dentist says a few words that parents of anxious children fear: “Your child has a cavity.” Now is your child going to love the dentist? If your dentist uses a laser to treat the cavity- the answer is YES!

When most of us adults were young, having a cavity meant sitting in the chair, holding your mouth open for what seemed like ages, while the dentist used a noisy high speed drill to remove all the decay. However with Lasers, we can treat the cavity without a drill. Lasers use energized water to clean out the decay, resulting in a fast, easy and conservative filling. Your child will not experience that shrill, whining drill noise all parents remember fondly.

Before the dentist actually starts using the drill, there is one step that instills dread in all- “the shot.” If your dentist is a laser dentist- no anesthesia or “shots” may be needed! The laser has a numbing effect on the tooth, so children generally feel nothing. This makes for a pleasant and safe experience- a child that has no discomfort will sit still and be finished quickly.

While lasers make treating cavities fast and easy, it is much easier if children can stay cavity free. Be sure your children see the dentist every six months to ensure the health and proper development of their teeth. If decay occurs in baby teeth, it can progress very quickly. Early and quick treatment is key, and by seeing your kids on a twice yearly basis we can ensure healthy, happy teeth for years to come.

Dr. Herbert Schneider has been recognized for his work with fellowship awards from the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Endodontic Society. He also holds a prestigious Mastership from the World Clinical Laser Institute. Dr. Rachel Jacobs joined the practice in 2006. Her calm, yet precise manner makes her a hit with both adults and children. Both doctors are certified in the uses of 3 different clinical lasers.

By Dr. Herbert Schneider and Dr. Rachel Jacobs