At Portland Children's Dentistry, Dr. Patricia Peirano Franklin and Dr. David Raphael provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to our patients from infancy through adolescence. Our priority is to create a friendly and comfortable environment where our young patients have a positive dental experience. We make dentistry fun while teaching children and families the importance of good oral health.
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is more than just looking at teeth. We review the child's health and dental history to determine his or her needs. We chart the health and disease to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan that fits each child.
is important for removing the plaque (bacteria) and calculus (mineral deposits) that can cause cavities, inflammation, and bad breath. A professional cleaning every 6 months is an effective way to maintain oral health.
Oral health instruction
is an important part of the recall or check-up appointment. At each appointment, we discuss how proper nutrition and good oral hygiene habits at home are important for good oral health.
is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water sources. It is also added to some community tap water, toothpastes and mouth rinses because it helps make enamel more resistant to tooth decay. We understand and respect that fluoride is not for everyone. Let us know if you have any questions or want to talk about this topic!
are an easy way to help prevent cavities. The chewing surfaces of our back teeth are susceptible to getting cavities, as food and bacteria are able to hide in the deep grooves. Sealants are a thin layer of white filling material that cover these deep grooves so bacteria cannot sit on the teeth and cause cavities.