Pediatric dentistry requires a special connection to developing teeth and gums. St. Joseph children’s dentist Dr. Sven Erickson is highly trained and possesses extensive knowledge of the many unique oral health issues that affect small smiles. He has the skills to identify problems early and can provide your children with the best solutions to ensure they maintain good oral health as they grow up.
At Modern Dentistry Associates, we make dental visits entertaining and fun for our youngest patients. Our team is especially patient, welcoming, and is specially equipped with several amenities to help make your child’s time in our chair enjoyable and easy. Comforts include DVDs, music, educational toys, blankets, and more.
Characteristics in baby teeth and how they fill in can indicate problems your child may experience with their adult teeth, as well as any jaw bone, jaw muscle, or gum issues that may arise in the future. Dr. Erickson strives to address these warning signs from the moment they appear to ensure your child’s teeth and gums develop properly.
The earlier your children learn to appreciate and care for their teeth and gums, the better prepared they are to maintain a healthy smile throughout childhood and adulthood. We encourage dental visits as young as age 1 and at least by age 2. We can answer your questions on pediatric oral health issues like thumbsucking, gum development, pacifier and bottle use, and teething.
We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection, a high tech method that measures fluorescence in tooth structure, to spot cavities that cannot be seen with the naked eye to help us find areas of decay before they do significant damage to your child’s teeth.
During pediatric evaluations, Dr. Erickson performs complete orthodontic evaluations to see if teeth are coming in correctly. We are able to do occasional orthodontic work for children who need alignment help, including bite plates and some braces placement. However, the majority of pediatric braces cases are referred out to an orthodontic specialist.