Sean P. Drower, DMD PC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Family-Focused Dentistry

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Educating patients about their dental health is one of our top priorities. Understanding the procedures we perform and why we perform them is an important first step in giving you more control and a greater voice in your own healthcare.

We welcome and encourage questions from our patients. Take a look through our list of questions patients often ask. If your question is not answered here, please give us a call or contact us online so that we may further assist you.

Family-Focused Dentistry

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should have their first well visit at their dental office by the age of one year. While that may seem early to some of our patients, the recommendation is based on the concept of early detection of any dental problems. We look for decay, evaluate your child’s bite, and help them become accustomed to the dental office.

Dr. Sean Drower is especially good with children. He has the ability to put them at ease and communicate with them effectively in a way that they can understand. Dr. Drower knows that your child is so important to you and an early exam can not only allow him to detect any early dental problems, but it also allows for the opportunity to discuss home care, brushing, flossing, nutrition, bottle behavior, pacifiers, fluoride and other children’s dentistry topics. An early visit also allows our parents to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s dental health.

Our family-focused dental office allows your entire family the convenience to have treatment all in one place. Instead of having to make another trip to a pediatric office, Dr. Sean Drower is happy to see the whole family, which makes life easier for our busy patients.

If your child needs a filling, you are not alone. Decay (dental caries) is common among children. While it may be because of poor home care, dental decay sometimes runs more strongly in some families than others. If you have a history of decay, you should be ultra vigilant when it comes to your kids. They may be more susceptible, too.

If your child is diagnosed with decay, you do not need to worry! Dr. Sean Drower works great with children. He is gentle and helps your child to feel at ease for their dental appointment.

Dr. Drower will make sure your child is calm and explain to them, in terms they understand, what he will be doing. He will gently and completely remove the decay from your child’s tooth and sterilize the area. Then he will fill your child’s tooth with filling material called composite. Composite is applied in layers and cured with a special light.

Once your child’s cavity is completely filled, he will make any final adjustments so that your child’s filling is comfortable and functional for chewing. Dr. Drower may recommend additional treatments such as fluoride or sealants to help prevent future decay.

No matter how diligently you brush and floss your teeth, it is practically impossible to remove every trace of plaque, especially from the areas between your teeth or beneath your gumline. Over time, plaque can develop into tartar, which can't be removed with a toothbrush or dental floss. At a professional cleaning, dental hygienists use special tools along with their training to carefully remove the remaining plaque and tartar from your teeth so you can avoid cavities and gum disease. Additionally, these appointments give us an opportunity to check on the overall health of your mouth and watch for any potential problems that may be developing so they can be treated while they are still small.

Call today for a professional cleaning with one of our talented and gentle hygienists!

Most children have the coordination and patience to properly brush their teeth with reasonably good technique by about age 8. Of course, every child is different, so this is only a guideline. We are happy to discuss your child's dental habits and abilities with you and help you determine whether your child is ready to brush independently.

Once your child has made the transition to independent brushing, check up on him or her periodically to make sure that good brushing and flossing techniques are still being practiced.

At Dr. Sean Drower’s office, we offer family-focused dentistry. That means that we welcome your entire family, including your children. We know that our patients are busy and having to take your child to a different dental office can be inconvenient and time consuming.

Dr. Drower works well with children and helps parents create an excellent home care routine for their little ones. Sometimes home care is not quite enough to prevent unwanted decay in your child’s teeth. Dr. Drower may recommend dental sealants to help with further prevention.

Dental sealants are plastic coatings placed over the pits and fissures in your teeth to prevent food particles, sugar, and bacteria from entering and creating an acidic environment conducive to decay. Sealants are painted on to your child’s teeth and hardened with a curing light.

Dr. Sean Drower does not recommend dental sealants unless he sees a compelling reason to do so. If your child’s tooth anatomy could easily trap decay causing bacteria, he may recommend sealants for at least the very back molars or any other teeth that are particularly susceptible.

Sealants are less expensive and less invasive than fillings. They typically last about five years and can be replaced once they wear off.

For most patients, Dr. Drower recommends twice daily brushing and daily flossing. In some cases, a different brushing and flossing routine may be recommended, and Dr. Drower will let you know whether this applies to you.

When your child experiences a dental emergency, it can be especially traumatic. Children are not always equipped to tell you exactly where their pain is or to discuss the severity of their pain. All you know is that your child hurts and that can make any parent feel helpless.

Dr. Sean Drower is experienced with treating children of all ages. His family-focused dental practice has the compassion and ability to comfort your little one and put them at ease.

A Knocked Out Tooth

If your child’s permanent tooth is knocked out, try to find it and if it is in one piece, try to place it back into the socket and call us as soon as possible. Do not unnecessarily handle the tooth. Time is critical in these scenarios, and your little one must see a dentist immediately.

If you are unable to insert the tooth into the socket, place it in a small container with your child’s own saliva or milk and call us right away.

Dental Pain

Sometimes your child might complain of dental pain. You can examine the gums around the tooth to see if anything is lodged in their gums. Make sure to clean the area thoroughly.

Dental pain can come from numerous conditions and it is always better to have a thorough exam. Dr. Drower will be able to uncover the reason for your little one’s pain and get them feeling comfortable again.

With all the recent media coverage surrounding dental x-rays, you may have questions about your safety. Dr. Drower takes your concerns seriously. At our office, we only use digital dental x-rays, which bring your exposure to radiation to the absolute minimum.

Radiation exposure is measured in millirems. An airline flight from New York to Los Angeles exposes you to 4 millirems. A mammogram exposes you to 1000 millirems. A single dental film exposes you to 0.3 millirems. In general, most people agree that the extra radiation exposure is worth the convenience of flying or the opportunity to detect breast cancer.

We feel that the small exposure you get with dental x-rays is more than offset by the benefit of catching the dental disease process in its earliest stages to allow us to treat the condition promptly before it can cause pain and significant damage.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should begin to see the dentist by their first birthday. Early detection and intervention of childhood dental conditions can prevent more complex and expensive procedures later in life.

At Dr. Sean Drower’s office, we focus on prevention. That means that our goal is to keep your child’s young and healthy teeth free from decay. In addition, we intercept early gum disease and treat it before it progresses into a more serious problem.

If your child is a small toddler, we may have them sit on your lap to help keep them calm for their dental appointment. We will look at your child’s teeth and gums and even brush them, if they will let us. This helps your child become accustomed to being at the dental office.

Generally, for your child’s first well visit, we just try to help them relax and allow us to look inside their mouths. Dr. Drower will also discuss home care systems and any products that may benefit your child’s dental health. If he sees any issues, this time will give him an opportunity to discuss that with you.

Dr. Drower is excellent with children. He is extremely gentle and excellent at communication and helping kids feel relaxed and at home for their dental exams.

In addition to the significant reduction in radiation exposure digital x-rays allow, this new technology has several other benefits:

  • Digital x-rays are more environmentally friendly since they don't require development, which uses chemicals.
  • You can view digital x-rays almost instantaneously.
  • Digital x-rays allow us to zoom in and enhance for better diagnostics and patient education.
  • We can instantly place digital x-rays directly into your electronic file or transfer to another provider, when necessary.

Our Keene, NH dental office exclusively uses digital x-rays and imaging. Schedule your appointment today to see the difference digital can make!

The American Dental Association recommends that most patients come in for dental cleanings twice a year. In some cases, you may need a professional cleaning more often. Dr. Drower will make a recommendation for you based on your individual needs and goals.

We accept all dental insurance plans. Even if we are not listed in your network, you are most likely entitled to receive benefits at our office. Please call our Keene, NH dental office at 603-357-0230. We will work to make sure you receive the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.

Our goal is always prevention. Early dental visits can help by saving you time and money in the future. When your child begins coming to our office at a young age, usually having their first well visit by the age of one year, it allows Dr. Drower the opportunity to look for any dental problems.

Some of the more common problems we find in our young patients are cavities (decay), bite issues (occlusion), any problems with their gums, and signs of acid erosion.

Because each child is different, Dr. Drower customizes your child’s treatment based on their dental health. So, if your child has a history of decay, he may recommend sealants, fluoride, or more frequent cleanings to help avoid more extensive treatment later.

Or if your child has some issues with their bite, he may recommend early orthodontics as an intervention while your little one is still growing. Early orthodontic treatment may reduce the time and money it takes to correct your child’s bite later.

Dr. Drower will also examine the quality of your child’s enamel and look for any signs of acid erosion that may need to be addressed by avoiding certain foods or drinks and adjusting home care.

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