Caries (i.e., cavities) is one of the most common health problems in the United States. “Early Childhood Caries” (defined as severe decay in infants or young children) is of special concern. Given the frequency of oral disease, we strongly encourage that children first visit the dentist by age one. Caries are preventable, so we continually strive to implement preventative measures such as oral hygiene instruction and the use of fluoride and sealants.
A separate division is devoted to the orthodontic treatment of the child and adolescent. All patients are screened for the need of orthodontics, including interceptive therapy (i.e., orthodontic treatment in children less than 10 years old).
The orthodontic division is also proud to be a part of the team at the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center. This unique service includes the education and preparation of families and ultimately, the execution of care for these special patients.