Children's Dental Health Associates

  Pediatric Dental Services  
for Your Child



At Children's Dental Health Associates, we offer a variety of services to ensure your child receives the best dental care possible. We understand that going to the dentist can cause anxiety in some patients, which is why we are proud to offer sleep dentistry.

As a pediatric dental office, children are our specialty. All of our dentists are ADA board certified pediatric dentists, and provide care from 16 beautiful locations. Our entire staff is trained to help our young patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about the treatment we will be providing to your child, feel free to reach out to us at:

Chester/Delaware/Montgomery County: 610-622-1949

Cumberland/Lancaster/Dauphin/York County: 717-295-4400

Philadelphia County: 215-383-1376

Berks/Lehigh/Northampton County: 610-914-1700


Services we offer include, but are not limited to:


Oral Hygiene

Our staff at Children's Dental Health Associates is focused on the oral hygiene of every patient because we know how important it is for children to establish good dental care habits from a young age. Oral hygiene involves the processes of keeping the mouth clean to help prevent the development of cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental disorders. It also helps fight against bad breath!

We utilize both dental sealants and fluoride treatments at all 13 locations to help prevent cavities. Our staff also takes the time to educate parents on the proper way to care for their child's teeth as they grow. Is it a good idea to start caring for your child's oral health from infancy.

Digital X-rays

Children's Dental Health Associates uses digital x-rays in all locations. X-rays are one of the most valuable tools a dentist has for diagnosing problems in the teeth and jaws. Not all issues can be detected by a visual examination alone. Especially in children, x-rays are used to monitor tooth growth and development as well as decay—helping us to keep their mouth and teeth healthy all along the way. Children's Dental Health Associates follows the guidelines and requirements set forth by the American Pediatric Dental Association and insurance companies. Most dental insurance companies require current dental x-rays to be sent in with all dental claims for operative work performed.

Although digital x-ray equipment is much more expensive than the traditional x-ray machine, the advantages to our patients and our dentists is tremendous, and includes the following:

  •  Digital X-Rays Use Less Radiation – The #1 reason for using digital x-rays is that they use much less radiation than film x-rays; 80% to 90% less! Although traditional x-rays are relatively safe, digital x-rays are much preferred for most patients who may well need x-rays on a regular basis throughout their lifetime.
  •  Better Quality Pictures – Once a digital x-ray image is on the computer screen it can not only be enlarged to better view the area of concern but be instantly manipulated in other ways (contrast, color, and brightness) to effect a better diagnosis by changing not only the size but the contrast, color, and brightness.
  •  Shorter “Chair Time” – There is no waiting for x-ray film to be developed in the office dark room and hung up to dry. Just like digital photography, the x-ray image is instantly available on our computer screen.
  •  Better Dental Records – Again, just like digital photography, digital images can be enlarged for easier viewing, stored in computer files for easy access, transferred to another specialist, or easily compared between new and older images.
  •  No Hazardous Waste Disposal Necessary – Digital dental x-rays use no chemicals to develop film and, therefore, no disposal problems for these harsh chemicals.

Metal Free Fillings

In the past few years, silver restorations have been replaced with tooth colored fillings, resulting in a smile which looks completely natural. These restorations are a lot less noticeable than other types of fillings, allowing your child to smile with confidence.

At Children's Dental Health Associates, we stand committed to using mercury-free fillings in order to provide our patients with the best methods currently available. This also enables us to be able to deliver a better structural and aesthetic result.

Sleep Dentistry

Our dentists at Children's Dental Health Associates perform sleep dentistry at two Children’s Surgery Centers located in Malvern, PA and Lancaster, PA. Both of these wonderful facilities are state-of-the art, beautifully equipped, and staffed by very competent and compassionate professionals trained in children’s dental care and in sleep dentistry procedures. To learn more about our sleep dentistry services, click here.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are important preventive measures that help prevent decay on a child's permanent molars. Our dentists recommend sealants be placed to help preserve your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are made out of clear, plastic resin that hardens once applied to the surface of a tooth. It acts as a barrier and protects the tooth from food and bacteria. Without sealants food and bacteria can build up in deep crevices and cause tooth decay.

If you have any questions about dental sealants, we would be happy to discuss them at your child’s next appointment!

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. Benefits of using fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Our dentists consider a variety of factors when recommending a fluoride treatment, including the patient's age, their risk of dental decay, and the specific liquids the patient drinks. The amount of fluoride varies in filtered, bottled, and well water, so an analysis of water may need to be considered to ensure your child is receiving the right amount of fluoride.

Extractions

At Children's Dental Health Associates, extractions are performed when removing a tooth is the best option for restoring the health of the patient's mouth. Our dentists may recommend an extraction when a tooth is:

  •  Infected by periodontal (gum) disease
  •  Significantly damaged or decayed
  •  Impacted (stuck) in the mouth
  •  Complications from trauma
  •  Delayed exfoliation
  •  Orthodontic request

Our dentists will do everything in their power to ensure that your child is comfortable during the treatment. Remember to make sure your child follows our instructions after the extraction.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide or more commonly known as laughing gas, is typically recommended for operative appointments. Administered through a flavored nosepiece, nitrous oxide allows the child to remain conscious and responsive throughout the procedure while eliminating the nervousness and worry associated with dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is considered safe by dental and medical professionals alike.

Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedatives in dentistry. It is completely non-addictive and is quickly eliminated from the body through normal breathing.

Pediatric Orthodontics

It is important to catch any orthodontic problems early on. At Children's Dental Health Associates, our dentists will advise parents of any developing orthodontic problems their child may be facing, and if necessary, refer them to an orthodontic specialist.

For children and pre-teens, orthodontic treatment times are shorter since the bone around their teeth and jaw bones can still be molded by dental braces as they grow. Pediatric orthodontics will help correct the alignment of the patient's teeth, jaws, and lips. It also helps to prevent physical health issues, including tooth decay, bone destruction, chewing difficulties, and gum disease.

Crowns

Crowns may be needed when your child has a broken tooth that cannot be repaired by a white filling, badly decayed teeth where little tooth structure remains, and on teeth with recurring decay. Your child’s crown can be placed during one visit with Children’s Dental Health Associates. The pediatric dentist will remove all decay and shape the tooth to the necessary form to fit the perfect size crown. The crowned tooth normally falls out when the permanent tooth is ready to come in. Posterior crowns are stainless steel (silver), and anterior crowns are stainless steel (silver) with a white covering on the front.

All white crowns are available for posterior and anterior teeth at Children’s Dental Health Associates.


Emergency Dental Services


If your child faces a dental emergency during or after hours, please give us a call immediately. During the day we have staff willing and ready to answer all questions, concerns and to get your child seen as soon as possible. After hours we have a dentist taking your calls 24 hours, seven days a week for all 365 days a year.

Below are a few tips on dealing with urgent dental situations and ways to try to prevent urgent dental situations:

Bitten Lip, Cheek, or Tongue

If your child has a bitten lip, cheek, or tongue, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.

Object Caught In Teeth

If your child has something caught between their teeth, first try to remove the object by using dental floss. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

Knocked Out Teeth

When a tooth or teeth have been knocked out, it is important to keep and preserve each tooth and get your child to one of Children’s Dental Health Associates as soon as possible.

To preserve the tooth, it must be kept moist. If dirty, gently rinse with warm water but leave any tissue fragments in place. Then, if at all possible, try to insert the tooth back into the socket very carefully. If you are unable to do this, preserve the tooth by placing it in a Tooth Preservation Kit (Coaches at sporting events sometimes have these available) or, place the tooth in the mouth next to the cheek, or place in milk or water with a bit of salt. After preserving the tooth get your child to one of our dental offices as soon as possible, within 15-20 minutes is ideal. Good preservation of the tooth will keep it viable for up to an hour or more. If you have access to the “Tooth Preservation Kit, the tooth will be viable for 24 hours.

Your school’s athletic program should also be using mouth protectors. Mouth guards can either be custom fitted at one of our eight dental offices or may be store purchased. (Encourage your child’s school to have these tooth preservation kits available at all sporting events)

Loose Tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

The first step would be to locate any tooth fragments and bring them with you to one of our 16 CDHA offices. To clean the area inside the mouth use a warm water rinse having made sure there are no tooth fragments between the cheek and jaw. Get your child to one of our offices as soon as possible and we may be able to bond the fragment to the tooth.

Toothache

A toothache can run the gamut from a minor irritation to a true dental emergency. First, make sure the mouth is clean and any food that may be impacted is removed by gentle brushing or flossing, then rinse with warm water. Mild pain can be treated with aspirin until you can get your child to Children’s Dental Health Associates (CDHA) offices as soon as possible.

Broken Jaw

Get your child to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible. A cold compress (Ice wrapped in a cloth) will help keep down the swelling.

Avoiding Injury

You try to protect your children from cavities but an injury to a tooth or teeth is another area where your children need guidance and routine protection. Knowing how to handle a dental emergency when a child’s tooth or teeth have been knocked out, cracked or broken, could play a very important role in ultimately saving the tooth (teeth). You can help your child avoid dental emergencies with a few extra safety tips:

  •  Child-proof your house to avoid falls.
  •  Don't let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, hard, chewy, sticky candy, or other hard foods.
  •  Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children.
  •  Always have your child wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child.
  •  Prevent toothaches with regular brushing and flossing two times a day, and visits to our office.


If you have any questions about the services we provide our young patients, feel free to call us so we can assist you!