At Hawk Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we want to educate, motivate, and promote good dental health from an early age. We want each child to be able to prevent decay and always have a healthy, beautiful smile.
Our practice philosophy is prevention, prevention, prevention. We feel that early parental involvement and in-home dental care are critical to achieving this. We work with parents and caregivers to demonstrate and teach home dental care techniques. We find that parent’s interest, understanding, and motivation at home is a vital role in the success of your child’s dental health. Therefore, we will strive to help parents create a program that will work for you and your family’s schedule.
At Hawk Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we use up-to-date technology to further benefit each child/individual. We use the most up-to-date diagnostic methods to diagnose any dental issues your child may have. All instruments and equipment used in your child’s mouth is either disposable or sterilized according to the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Why choose a pediatric dentist?
Our Mission Statement
Good Dental Habits & Practices
Common Dental Terminology
- Abscess – A complication of tooth decay or trauma (such as a broken or chipped tooth). Openings in the tooth enamel allow bacteria to infect the center of the tooth (the pulp), which can lead to infection and cause a toothache.
- Cavity – A hole in the tooth caused by decay (also called caries).
- Crown – An artificial tooth or cover made of porcelain or metal.
- Decay – A diseased tooth structure that’s softened by a cavity (the caries process). These “sugar bugs” are removed to create a hard surface so a filling can be placed.
- Enamel – The hard surface of the tooth above the gum line.
- Erupting – New teeth that have broken through the gums and are “on their way in.” They’re referred to as “erupting” until they are fully in the mouth.
- Explorer – A tool used to check teeth for cavities (also called a “tooth counter”). It’s curved and sharp, but touches only the teeth. Most patients don’t even notice it.
- Extraction – The removal of a tooth or teeth.
- Filling – A plug made of metal or composite material used to fill a tooth cavity.
- Fluoride – A chemical solution used to harden teeth and prevent decay.
- Gingivitis – Swollen or inflamed gums caused by plaque around the teeth. The dentist or dental assistant will demonstrate how to brush the child’s teeth to remove plaque effectively.
- Gums – The firm flesh that surrounds the roots of the teeth.
- Impacted tooth – A tooth that sits sideways below the gum line, usually requiring extraction (it’s often a wisdom tooth).
- Night guard – A plastic mouthpiece worn at night to prevent teeth grinding; often used to treat TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
- Occlusion – The way in which the teeth come together when the mouth closes (also called the “bite”). The dentist uses terms like “overbite” and “overjet” and “class I or class II or class III” to describe the bite.
- Plaque – A sticky buildup of acids and bacteria that causes tooth decay.
- Primary teeth – Baby teeth; also called deciduous teeth
- Sealants – Clear or shaded pieces of plastic that protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of teeth by keeping out food and plaque that can cause cavities.
- Spacers – These removable or fixed appliances are designed to prevent tooth movement. They’re generally placed after an extraction or in cases of teeth that were missing from birth. This allows new teeth to come into place and keeps the bite even (also called “space maintainers”).
- Tartar – The hardened plaque that can form on neglected teeth (also known as calculus).