Dr. Annicchiarico understands that you want the best for your child. At A Glamorous Smile, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dentistry services possible for children age 2 and older.
It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at A Glamorous Smile, they don’t have to be! Our New Port Richey, Port Richey and Trinity dental practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Annicchiarico to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child.
Dr. Annicchiarico may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Annicchiarico often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At A Glamorous Smile, we typically apply a protective dental sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. Dr. Annicchiarico typically treats cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored dental fillings.
Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Annicchiarico may recommend a pediatric dental crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Annicchiaricowill perform a gentle tooth extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth in your child's mouth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but many do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole. If your wisdom tooth’s growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a digital x-ray of your child's entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration.
At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give A Glamorous Smile in New Port Richey a call to schedule their pediatric dentist appointment with Dr. Annicchiarico today! We offer early morning and evening appointments to accommodate busy families.