Do you need a dental office that can treat your whole family? Try Upper Bucks Dental Arts. Dr. Kelly Halle-Brown helps children and adults get the right dental care for their specific dental concerns with family-friendly dental care. General dentistry is important for patients of all ages. Our general dental treatments can maintain oral health and prevent future oral health complications. Even Invisalign or treatments for sleep apnea benefit patients from different age groups. We welcome patients to learn more about the preventative and cosmetic treatments we offer as a part of family dentistry services in Quakertown, PA.
Preventative Treatments: Family Dentistry in Quakertown, PA
Our dental office provides routine dental cleanings that can also involve additional preventive care through sealants and fluoride treatments:
Sealants are preventive dental treatments that we may recommend to protect patients’ teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material that we paint onto the chewing surface of teeth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth coating over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to clean teeth with normal brushing effectively.
We recommend dental sealants for children. Typically, we place sealants on the permanent molars as soon as they come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Dental sealants also benefit adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice.
The outer layer of each of your teeth is made up of a protective substance called enamel. Your enamel is extremely tough, but it can be worn away by the acids and sugar in certain foods and drinks.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and many foods. While you receive a certain amount of fluoride from your diet and from using toothpaste with fluoride, we may recommend fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth further and prevent cavities.
Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and protect them from tooth decay. As you eat and drink throughout the day, bacteria, sugars, and acids constantly attack and demineralize the enamel of your teeth. Fluoride works to remineralize tooth enamel, preventing tooth decay and cavities. In addition, fluoride can strengthen teeth as they develop to ensure they are strong and healthy. This makes fluoride very important for children as their teeth grow.
We may recommend professional fluoride treatment if your teeth are prone to decay or if you are not receiving a sufficient amount of fluoride from other sources. Professional fluoride is available in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam.
Invisalign for Teens
Treating bite problems early on can prevent future problems, including overcrowding and even gum disease. Clear Invisalign aligners offer a convenient way for teenagers to straighten their smiles. Invisalign for teenagers and Invisalign for adults have a couple of differences.
Invisalign treatment for teenagers offers more replacement aligners if they misplace or damage their aligners. The aligners can also have small blue dots or indicators that fade as patients wear their aligners. Besides the replacement aligners and indicator dots, Invisalign treatment is the same for teens and adults. We provide clear, custom aligners that straighten teeth over time.
Sleep Apnea in Kids and Teens
Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect adults. Children can have sleep apnea symptoms that affect their daily life. If you notice any of these problems in your child, please get in touch with our office:
- Heavy breathing while sleeping
- Daytime sleepiness and learning problems
- Sleeping during school
Dr. Halle-Brown offers an airway exam and a sleep home study, working with your child’s doctor to find the right treatment for their sleep apnea symptoms. Pediatric sleep apnea treatment can involve medicines, tonsil and adenoid removal, positive airway pressure therapy, or oral appliances. Dr. Halle-Brown can provide custom oral appliances as an alternative to the CPAP machine for a more comfortable and portable sleep apnea treatment.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Are you looking for a family dentist? Call Upper Bucks Dental Arts today at (215) 876-0543. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Halle-Brown online.