Getting your infant or child on the right track to good dental care at a young age can help them maintain their oral health as adults. At Rachel Barnhart DDS, we are a child-friendly practice that offers comprehensive care for pediatric patients. In addition to providing general dental care for children, we offer the following specialized treatment programs to help our youngest patients achieve a strong foundation for better airway, orthodontic and general dental health as they grow.
Oral myofunctional disorder (OMD) is when the muscles in the mouth and face are underdeveloped or lack tone. This can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to articulate speech, swallow, and keep the mouth closed when at rest or while sleeping. Children who use a pacifier or who get into the habit of sucking their fingers are more likely to suffer from OMD as these habits change the shape of the mouth and weaken muscles in and around the face.
Myofunctional Therapy is a series of exercises and activities that allow for the development of oral capabilities and establishing improved oral resting positions. If your child is exhibiting signs of an OMD, Dr. Barnhart will discuss this treatment option with you during your appointment.
A tongue-tie is caused by an unusually short, thick, or tight frenum that tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. While this can lead to problems with breastfeeding in babies, children can also experience limited mouth mobility while breathing, speaking, and eating. Dr. Barnhart offers multiple treatment options for the correction of lip and tongue-tie releases in both infants and children.
Whether your child needs a mouthguard for nighttime teeth grinding or to protect their teeth during sports, investing in a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist can give you the quality and longevity you need in a child mouthguard.
Silver Diamine Fluoride, or SDF, is an antimicrobial liquid that can help prevent tooth decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. This treatment is quick and does not require numbing, which can be helpful for young or anxious patients. SDF requires only two treatment sessions and can help prevent further decay in smaller cavities.
For infants with lip or tongue-tie, breastfeeding can be a challenge. We offer treatment options for tongue-tie release and resources for mothers who are breastfeeding.
A Child-Friendly Environment
We provide comprehensive dental care for infants, children, and adults. We enjoy techniques including tell-show-do to engage the child in what we are doing, which also helps put them at ease. Dr. Barnhart is also a balloon animal master so make sure you ask for one when you’re at the office, she’d love to make one for your child!