Smiles Are Just What We Do!
At Little Smiles, we provide high-quality, high-tech pediatric dentistry that revolves around one thing, and that is your child's total comfort.
To us, going to the dentist is more than just having your teeth cleaned or cavities filled, it's about having a great smile. As we like to say, “Smiles are just what we do.”
Our Service Rocks!
Dr. Jennifer Kiening is committed to providing children with the latest, most advanced pediatric dentistry in a warm and caring atmosphere. As a specialist in children's dentistry, Dr. Jenny has enhanced and protected many smiles in our community.
We believe that giving your child a good first impression of dentistry can have a major impact on the way they care for their teeth for. We are committed to helping kids learn how to properly care for their teeth and develop good brushing and flossing habits so they have healthy teeth for years to come. We focus on preventive care to help each child have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting us for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit the dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful. By routinely seeing Dr. Jenny or Dr. Bunch for exams and cleanings, you can:
from your teeth. Then our hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let one of our staff know. They may offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort. If the doctor or our hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, they will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure after the permanent teeth have erupted as a way to prevent tooth decay. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and the doctor will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealants come off, let your doctor know and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be resealed.
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth.
Little Smiles offers a stainless steel crown for all posterior teeth as well as a tooth-colored crown with a stainless steel backing for the anterior teeth.
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.
Types of Mouthguards
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The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike bleaching materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, it may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
a permanent cosmetic dentistry treatment that removes yellow and brown spots on the tooth are often decalcification stains caused by a buildup of sugar and acids that weaken enamel. This non-invasive treatment only removes micro-layers of enamel to ensure as much protection as possible remains. The whitening effects of enamel microabrasion are effective and long-lasting, and your dentist can determine if you're a candidate for the treatment.
A temporary orthodontic appliance used after the loss of a primary tooth prematurely to hold the space for the permanent tooth to grow in its place to prevent space loss.
If your child is experiencing certain speech, eating, or orthodontic problems, Dr. Jenny may recommend a frenectomy. This procedure removes the connective tissue at either the top or the bottom of the mouth, helping to correct these problems.