Dr. David J. Cassidy has helped children have healthy teeth for over 30 years. Our pediatric dental practice provides care for both routine needs as well as emergencies. Trust us to help create beautiful smiles—and dental health habits—for your kids.
Routine Children’s Dental Care
As a pediatric dentist in Dalton, GA, Dr. David J. Cassidy offers a comprehensive array of routine services for your child’s oral health. We specialize in pediatric and adolescent dentistry, including pediatric sedation dentistry, with an emphasis on comfort and safety. Our staff also works closely with other specialists, such as orthodontists, should your child ever require additional treatment. Here are just a few of the services we offer:
- Sedation dentistry: If your child’s fear of the dentist keeps them from getting the care they need, consider sedation dentistry. Dr. Cassidy specializes in pediatric sedation dentistry. We’ll help your child relax so they can have the healthiest teeth possible.
- Exams: Routine dental exams are the single best way to make sure your child’s oral health is as good as it can be. Our dentist and hygienist will do a thorough check of the teeth, mouth, and gums to make sure everything looks good.
- Regular cleanings: Regular cleanings remove plaque and tartar so your child’s teeth and gums can be as healthy and strong as possible. It also gets them in the habit of going to the dentist. Don’t skip these important checkups!
- Oral health instruction: One of the most important parts of your child’s visit is a review of techniques that will keep their teeth in good condition. We’ll explain proper brushing and flossing and show them exactly what to do—and why they need to do it.
- Fluoride treatments: Fluoride treatments provide protection against decay and cavities. These are especially important if you have well water at your home. We make the process easy with fun flavors that your child gets to choose!
- X-rays: Routine X-rays give Dr. Cassidy an inside view of your child’s teeth. It’s one of the best ways to spot cavities or other problems before they become painful and damaging. Plus, modern X-ray equipment gets better results with less radiation.
- Fillings: Sometimes cavities happen, no matter how careful you are about your child’s teeth. Fillings will clean out the decay and seal up the damage to block bacteria and prevent further problems.
- Sealants: Sealants protect children’s permanent teeth from cavities and tooth decay. During application, a very thin layer of a protective substance is painted on the teeth, blocking harmful bacteria from the surface of the tooth.
- Teeth bleaching: If one or more your child’s permanent teeth are discolored, don’t try whitening toothpastes or other products at home. These can actually cause damage to an otherwise healthy tooth. Talk about your concerns with Dr. Cassidy, who can safely bleach the teeth in our office.
- Extractions: Tooth extractions are not uncommon in children, but they’re not always due to cavities. In many cases, baby teeth simply don’t want to fall out on their own. A pediatric dentist may decide to pull the tooth to avoid any complications to the permanent teeth.
- Emergency care: When it comes to dental emergencies, every minute counts. As soon as you realize your child needs dental care, call our office—even if it’s after hours.
- General anesthesia: Sometimes children get very anxious during a dental visit, especially for fillings, extractions, or other procedures. Dr. Cassidy can administer general anesthesia to calm your little one while we work on their smile.
- Restorative care: Childhood tumbles often lead to chipped, cracked, or missing teeth. We offer options to restore the smile that warms your heart.
- Space maintenance: Proper spacing is critical for healthy permanent teeth. The earlier we notice a problem with spacing, the more options we’ll have to treat it. It’s just another reason why you should bring your child to the dentist around their first birthday.
Emergency Children’s Dental Care
Should your child ever require emergency dental care for the following situations, we receive after-hours messages left on our answering machine and we respond to them quickly. If you’re unable to contact us and your child needs immediate care, please go to the emergency room.
- Cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek
- Knocked out baby tooth
- Knocked out permanent tooth
- Chipped or fractured baby tooth
- Chipped or fractured permanent tooth