The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "dental home" for your child by the time they are 1 year old. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
At our practice, we adapt all treatments and services to meet your child’s needs. Whether it’s sedation options, special equipment or our overall gentle touch, we do everything in our power to help your child have a great dental experience. But, proper dental care for your child is not only about fun. Dental needs are different for baby teeth and developing mouths. Our comprehensive exams include preventive care and oral hygiene instruction designed specifically for your child’s needs. We are invested in your child’s future health as much as you are!
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We are dedicated to helping your child’s teeth grow in a proper and natural way. If your child is having problems with his/her primary (baby) teeth, a crown may be necessary to prevent further damage and decay.
A crown, also called a cap, is used to cover a damaged tooth entirely. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can also dramatically improve a tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to...
Crowns are commonly used for children who are having problems with their primary (baby) teeth to prevent further damage and decay that could cause a child to lose a baby tooth prematurely. These crowns are premade and don't require multiple visits, making them a cost-effective choice for children. At State Street Smiles, we offer white crowns for baby teeth in addition to stainless steel crowns which are the more traditional option.
When your child visits our office we will provide a thorough examination that includes a caries (cavities) risk assessment. The assessment will identify your child’s habits, diet and health history to develop a clear picture of their risk for developing cavities. More importantly, the assessment will allow us to provide your child with proper recommendations to prevent cavities from happening in the first place. You will enjoy a greater peace of mind with this preventive measure. Together, we will work towards preventing cavities!
At State Street Smiles, we take pride in our high-quality professional cleanings that leave your child's mouth feeling refreshed. Dental cleanings, which take about 25-30 minutes, should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Our team is specially trained to modify the cleaning process for smaller mouths and teeth. We work hard to help your child feel comfortable and make the cleaning process easy. Your child's cleaning appointment will include additional preventive services such as an exam, a fluoride treatment, necessary x-rays and an orthodontic evaluation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "dental home" for your child by the time they are 1 year old. The health of an infant’s teeth is actually established by the mother’s nutrition, as teeth begin developing while the baby is in the womb. Children’s baby teeth first come in when they’re as young as 6-months old. Visits to the dentist can start at a much younger age than most people would believe. In fact, we would love to see your child as soon as their first tooth comes in. This early visit allows us to work with you to prevent problems before they happen. Babies can, for example, develop bottle-induced cavities. A pediatric dentist is specially trained to treat cases like these.
If you have any questions about starting your child’s dental care, please call our office.
Early Childhood Cavities Sometimes called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, Early Childhood Cavities is a serious disease that can destroy your child's teeth – but it can be prevented.What Causes Early Childhood Cavities?
Your child can fall asleep without a bottle! Here are five tips to try:
What are the Effects of Early Childhood Cavities?
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first baby teeth start to erupt through the gums. Typically we see the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 baby teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies. Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age 21.
Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although we will use every possible measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
We will carefully examine your child’s teeth in order to determine if extraction is necessary. Our high-quality x-rays will help us better understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth in question. Based on the degree of difficulty, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with over-the-counter pain killers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time.
It is perfectly normal for your child to lose their primary, or "baby" teeth with minimal problems. Some baby teeth can be particularly stubborn or may need to be extracted early. We are happy to help with any issues that may arise as your child’s smile matures.
As part of your child’s routine preventive-care visit at State Street Smiles, we recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride has been proven to be beneficial to teeth, it strengthens enamel and prevents decay. As a result, there are many over-the-counter toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride. At our office, we generally deliver treatment in the form of a gel that is highly concentrated with fluoride. The solution will be applied with a swab or brush or even placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes. After a fluouride treatment, you may be asked to stay away from certain foods for some time so that the fluoride can be absorbed into your teeth.
Too little or too much fluoride can be detrimental to your child’s teeth. We will work with you to make the best decisions in regards to your child’s preventive care.
Your child’s comfort matters greatly to us. Under certain situations it might be necessary to administer anesthesia to your child so that treatment can be as thorough and comfortable as possible. General anesthesia is only administered in Hackensack University Medical Center. This arrangement allows Dr. Eddie to focus strictly on your child's dentistry while a specially trained anesthesiologist focuses on your child's overall health and safety. We will work very closely with you on your child’s complex case to make things as safe and simple as possible. Your child’s safety and ultimate health are our top priorities.
Our consultations are very thorough. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions.
At State Street Smiles we use cutting-edge technology, such as laser dentistry, to make your child’s visits to our office as comfortable as possible. Laser dentistry is one of the latest advancements in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease. Lasers work by directing an energy beam onto problem areas. Hard tissue lasers are used to repair cavities, remove old fillings and prepare teeth for bonding. Soft tissue lasers are used on gums and other tissue. In children, lasers can even be used to perform a frenectomy to help with nursing, speech or alignment issues. They are a more comfortable alternative to the common handheld scalpel, drills and other tools. The biggest benefit of laser dentistry, by far, is that it can reduce pain and minimize the use of local anesthetic. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.
Laser dentistry is yet another way we make your child’s dental experience comfortable. Feel free to ask any questions during their appointment.
Tongue Ties and Lip Ties happen when a membrane of skin doesn’t dissolve in the womb as much as it could. This results in limited ability to get the tongue out or the lip up and can have a significant negative effect on healthy and productive nursing.
TONGUE TIE: Open your mouth and lift your tongue. Either look in the mirror or feel with your finger. Is there a flap of skin attaching your tongue to the bottom of your mouth? This flap of skin is called a frenum and many people have it. A “tongue tie” is when the frenum is attached more towards the tip of the tongue because the flap of skin "ties" the tongue to the bottom of the mouth and impedes mobility of the tongue. Depending on the severity of the tongue tie, some people may not even be able to extend their tongue past their own lips!
LIP TIE: If you run your finger between your upper lip and your gums, you will find a flap of skin similar to what you felt under your tongue. When a newborn has a lip tie, their upper lip is attached too far down on the gums causing the lip to curl downwards instead of going upwards like it is supposed to do while nursing.
What problems are connected to lip ties and tongue ties?
Both tongue and lip ties can lead to your baby having a hard time latching on when breastfeeding. When an infant cannot latch on properly, they may not stimulate enough milk production leading to poor feeding and insufficient weight gain. A poor or incomplete latch can also cause discomfort and soreness to the mother’s breasts. If left untreated, the discomfort for the mother can get so bad that it causes her to stop nursing. As they get older, children with lip or tongue tie can have difficulty chewing solid foods, reflux disorders, speech difficulties, increased risk for cavities due to the inability to swallow properly and pooled food, and orthodontic problems.My Baby has a Lip Tie or Tongue Tie, What can I do about it?
A frenectomy or frenulectomy is the procedure where the extra flap of skin is removed. Conventional treatment involved a procedure where the frenum was cut with a blade or scissors, with or without stitches. At State Street Smiles, Dr. Eddie has trained with the iplus Waterlase laser which allows him to do the frenectomy more accurately and with less discomfort for your little one. Dr. Eddie will release the frenum with laser pulses without even touching the tissue, gently separating it from its attachment. The actual procedure takes 3-5 minutes, and full healing with new skin is evident within 10 days. Post-operative discomfort is less than one might think. The area feels sore for 2-3 days, but your baby will be able to nurse immediately after procedure. Home-care instructions will be sent home along with vitamin E capsules used to aid healing.Why Choose Dr. Edward Jackson for Your Child’s Tongue Tie or Lip Tie Procedure?
Finding the right dentist in the Northern New Jersey area that uses the Waterlase for this procedure is certainly no simple task. It is important to do your research, talk to friends, pediatricians, and lactation consultants. Many pediatric dentists don’t do this procedure at all, and ENT’s typically use the older method of a scissor or a blade to cut your baby’s frenum. Consider your options, and feel confident that when it comes to choosing Dr. Eddie and State Street Smiles, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Eddie is a Laser Frenectomy specialist who can help ease your fears and help your little ones latch and eat better. Once you meet our warm and friendly team, you will know you’ve found the right place!
Custom designed Athletic guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth might get hit.
In addition to protecting your mouth and teeth, athletic guards are an important defense against concussion. The soft mouth guard will absorb most of the forces if you're hit in the head or chin. This ultimately protects your brain and helps prevent concussions.
If your child is active in athletics, or experiencing any concerning issues with their mouth, teeth or jaw, please let us know. If any kind of guard or appliance is a good option for your child, we will take an impression of their teeth to create a custom fit product for their specific needs.
Bacteria in the mouth converts sugars to acids that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Other foods are already acidic to begin with. This decaying process leads to cavities and other problems. The dental team can provide the best suggestions for snacking and other food habits to keep teeth as strong and healthy as possible.
Nutritional counseling is part of our thorough exam process. If you have any questions about specific foods, don’t hesitate to ask.
Regular visits to the dentist are only part of the preventive care needed to maintain oral health. It is imperative that a children learn proper brushing and flossing habits early on. Pediatric dental teams are particularly qualified to provide patient education in a kid-friendly and easy-to-understand manner. As part of the exam and consultation process, children will be taught everything they need to know to maintain their oral health for life.
When the nerve of a baby tooth is somehow penetrated by bacteria or exposed due to a fracture, pulp therapy (a pulpotomy) is necessary to save the tooth. This is often referred to as a “baby tooth root canal” or “nerve treatment.”
Deep cavities can get close to or into the pulp (nerve) of a tooth. The pulpal tissue can become irritated and inflamed, causing severe toothaches for children. If the inflammation and infection continues without treatment, the tooth will likely eventually abscess and need an extraction. Pulpotomies are typically performed on baby molars so that the child does not lose vital teeth prematurely. Baby teeth are needed for speech, chewing and for maintaining space for permanent teeth.
During pulp therapy, the infected part of the nerve is removed and a sedative medication is placed inside the tooth to prevent sensitivity and promote healing. The tooth is then capped with a crown following the procedure.
We want your child to have the greatest oral health and functionality possible. Please let us know if you have any questions about our recommendation.
Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry and are ideal for setting children on the right track for lasting oral health. Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants make healthy teeth possible.
We use sealants are an effective measure to prevent cavities on your child’s molars as the teeth come in.