Regular Check Ups

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental checkup at least twice a year for most children. Regular checkups help decrease your child’s risk of tooth decay, monitor any unusual growth patterns and ensure good oral hygiene.

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Teeth Cleanings

Regular dental visits help children stay cavity-free, and teeth cleaning is an important part of your child’s pediatric dentistry visit. Cleanings remove plaque buildup on the teeth which irritates the gums and causes decay.



Fluoride is a natural cavity fighter that occurs in water and some foods. Fluoride is also added to dental products like toothpaste, and children 2 years of age or older should always use a fluoride toothpaste. Your pediatric dentist can help determine if your child is receiving the correct amount of fluoride and may recommend supplements based on your child’s age, risk of dental decay and the amount of fluoride in his or her diet.



Sealants protect the surfaces of the teeth and are most commonly applied on the back teeth where most children’s cavities are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants “seal out” food and plaque, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resins, a type of resilient plastic. These fillings are less noticeable and more attractive than other types of fillings, as they match the color and texture of natural teeth.



Crowns are custom-made dental restorations that fit over damaged teeth to fix a number of dental issues: discolored teeth; a tooth with extensive decay; chipped or broken teeth; or developmental defects such as pitted or small teeth. Crowns greatly improve the look of the teeth and are very durable. Dr. Horton is trained in offering stainless steel crowns, as well as esthetic zirconia ceramic (white) crowns.


Space Maintenance

When a baby tooth is lost too early, your pediatric dentist may recommend a space maintainer to prevent future space loss and dental problems. Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fitted to your child’s mouth. They are small and unobtrusive, and most children adjust to them quickly.

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Digital X-ray

X-rays are an important tool for pediatric dentists, used to diagnose cavities, erupting teeth, bone diseases and other conditions not detected by a clinical examination. X-rays are recommended only as necessary to monitor your child’s oral health, with precautions taken to minimize radiation exposure.

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Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive, or early, orthodontics looks at the growth and development of your child’s mouth and identifies the need for interceptive treatment. Some of the benefits of interceptive treatment are: creating room for crowded teeth; influencing jaw growth to create facial symmetry; reducing the risk of trauma to teeth; and preserving space for unerupted teeth. Additionally, by looking at potential issues early (around age 7), there is a better chance of minimizing the need for braces, retainers or other orthodontic treatments later.