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Dr. Powell completed a 2-year residency after four years of dental school, in order to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry. During his training in the field of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Powell gained extensive knowledge of treatment of infants, children, adolescents and special needs patients.


Additionally, every detail of our office has been designed with children in mind. From our decor, to our open floor plan, to our iPad bar, to our wonderful staff, to our games and prizes ... everything exists to cater to your child.

We generally recommend bringing your child for a checkup every six months, but depending on oral health, we may recommend more or less frequent visits.

causes of cavities

Bacteria lives in our mouths. When these "bugs" come in contact with sugary foods, acids are produced. The acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, eventually causing a hole, which we call a cavity.

how to prevent cavities

Sealants cover the pits in teeth that are hard to brush, and are susceptible to decay. Sealants are a safe, simple way to help avoid cavities.

frequency of x-rays

The timing of how often a child needs to have X-rays taken varies from child to child. Dr. Powell will make recommendations of when your child may need X-rays, based on what he sees. If your child is prone to cavities, we may suggest having X-rays taken at more frequent intervals.

your child's first visit

During your child's first visit, we will focus on getting to know your child and we will give you some basic information on oral hygiene. Dr. Powell will check your child's teeth for placement and general health. If necessary, we will perform a cleaning, fluoride treatment, and possibly take X-rays. We will also discuss how to care for your child's teeth and answer any questions you may have.

Be sure that your child brushes his or her teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste after the age of 3. Your child should also floss daily, as flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can't. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, limit snacking, and maintain a healthy diet. Make regular appointments so that we are up-to-date with the health of your child's teeth.

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