At Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive dental service to children in a fun, and safe environment. We love kids! And we believe that regular dental visits and proper home care can make your child grow old free of cavities.
Whether it is your kids first dental checkup, Pediatric Dentist Dr. Nam Hardy and her staff will ensure that you and your child are informed and comfortable at our office.
Pediatric dentistry services
- Digital X-rays
- Dental Sealants
- Habit-Breaking Appliances
- Infant frenectomy (for breastfeeding)
- Lingual frenectomy for ankyloglossia (tongue-tie)
- Interceptive orthodontics
- Laser Dentistry
- White fillings
- Tooth decay and Cavity prevention
- Fluoride therapy
- Lip tie frenectomy
- Laser Dentistry
- Digital impressions – No goopy messes or gagging
- Diagnodent laser to diagnose pit and fissure cavities
- Digital x-rays with less radiation
Why Choose Dr. Nam?
Pediatric Dentist Dr. Nam Hardy skills have been proven time and time again across the state of Colorado. She has been recognized for her accomplishments and was voted for a noteworthy distinction of Top Dentist across the state. She is also a 5280 Dentist 2016 awardee. This distinction was given to her due to her continuing education, exceptional experience, professionalism with patients, use of modern techniques and technologies, and the results of her treatment. She has also served as a team member at Children's Hospital of Colorado, a facility that treats and heals more children compared to any hospitals in the seven-state region. Children's Hospital of Colorado specialists are highly ranked and are globally recognized for changing the future of children's health -- something Dr. Nam is very passionate about. As a mother herself, you'll feel confident in knowing your children will find a gentle, safe, and happy home during their time at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics nearby Lakewood CO.
Pediatric dentistry: Lakewood, CO - Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
In 2013, the American Dental Association (ADA) launched a campaign nationwide to bring preventive dentistry to communities after they learned that around half of the population of adults age 30 suffer from some form of gum disease and 1 in 4 children age under five already has a cavity. Dr Nam is committed to doing everything she can to support ADA's advocacy to help the Lakewood and Englewood communities achieve and maintain better oral health through preventive dentistry.
Dr. Nam has a passion for seeing her young patients grow up with a healthy smile, offering free infant exams and dentistry for babies. Early childhood caries can be avoided with learning the importance of daily tooth brushing and use of dental floss.
Pediatric Dentistry has more Treatment options than what general dentists can offer when it comes to treating children. Pediatric dentists are specialists who have dedicated their time to addressing the oral conditions of infants, adolescents, children, and patients with special needs, including the autistic child. Dr. Nam has dedicated two additional years of special child centric dental training and education after she finished dental school so that she could treat children or teens with her specialized skills and individualized attention to their unique needs. Pediatric Dentistry training includes studying child psychology, development, and growth along with the exposure to the dental and emotional needs of the growing children, as well as treating those with autism. The focus of Dr. Nam is on your children, and our goal is to offer them a safe environment that promotes excellent oral hygiene habits, and a healthy attitude towards dental health and dental visits. Even fearful and anxious children can be treated with the gentle manner of Dr. Nam, and sedation with laughing gas or other methods to help manage anxiety while having a treatment.
One of the most significant advantages, when you become a member of the Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, is that you have both pediatric and orthodontic services housed in the same office. Your child can transition from his or her time with Dr. Nam in pediatrics to orthodontics easily. When the time comes for your child's teeth to be fixed, he or she won't fear going to an orthodontist as the place is already familiar to them. Our Colorodo Pediatric Dentistry Services are unmatched. The facility has enough space to separate pediatric and orthodontic disciplines to give younger patients the advantage of a dental home from age one until they transition to wearing braces. It also won't let teens and adults feel uncomfortable for getting braces at a "kiddie" dentist. The advanced dentistry offered by pediatrics and orthodontics will make sure that the family receives the best care that science and medicine can offer in a kind and gentle approach. Our well-trained staff and highly developed systems allow patients and parents to transition easily throughout the process. Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics near Lakewood accepts most dental insurances, and provides affordable dental care even without insurance.
Pediatric dental services can offer more than you can get from a general dentist. A pediatric dentist specializes in the oral health of the infant, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs. The following are the pediatric services offered at Hardy Dental Group:
Dr. Nam is proud to provide the latest in dental technology with laser dentistry. As of today, Dr. Nam is the only dentist in Colorado that we are aware of that can provide you with this type of treatment. Laser Dentistry has accomplished what scientists and dentists have been working hard to succeed on for years - making a cavity procedure shot-free and drill-free. Laser dentistry also offers treatment for canker sores, tip, and tongue ties (frenectomies).
Digital X-Rays (Radiographs)
Children need x-rays more than adults because it determines the progress of the growth of their mouths. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that x-ray examinations should occur every six months as children are at high risk of tooth decay. We'll use digital radiography as it is not only faster but safer than traditional x-rays. Digital emits approximately 1/4 of the radiation compared to conventional x-rays.
Tooth-Colored Fillings (Composite Resin)
Tooth-colored fillings are used to restore the back or front teeth where looks are more important. Composites are used to repair fractured teeth and the areas of decay. The shade of the composite restorative material is closely matched to the color of the natural teeth.
Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
Under this service, the teeth are cleaned properly to get rid of the plaque and hard tartar deposits, which can cause gum disease and cavities. For a healthy child's teeth, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visiting the pediatric dentist at least twice a year to determine the condition of your child's development and oral health. However, if your child is more predisposed to tooth decay or has special needs, Dr. Nam may suggest more cleaning and exams. Fluoride is applied to the teeth after cleaning to help strengthen and protect your tooth enamel and prevent decay.
According to the American Dental Association, fluoride has helped reduce the development of tooth decay for several years. Fluoride is essential for both children and adults in helping to fight cavities and tooth decay.
Extractions (Tooth Removal)
Tooth extractions are done only as a last resort and are only performed in severe cases of infection. If the primary molar is extracted prematurely, a space maintainer is placed. Some extractions are needed to help facilitate tooth alignment, particularly when there is crowding of the teeth.
A dental sealant is a clear or white thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. This helps to shield the enamel from decay by "sealing out" plaque, food, and bacteria. Dental sealants are made to prevent the need for dental fillings and need no drilling to the dentin or enamel to be applied. What is excellent about dental sealants is that they are invisible - no one will notice that you have a dental sealant in your teeth, but it can make a massive difference in the oral health of your child. Remember that with good oral hygiene and proper diet is also essential in preventing cavities.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQ
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that caters to the specific needs of children, teens, and children with special needs. Usually called the pediatricians of dentistry, these dentists have spent two to three years of specialty training to provide dental care to infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. They have also studied child psychology, growth, and development along with exposure to particular dental and emotional needs of growing children. Pediatric Dental Office
Why are baby teeth important?
Baby or primary teeth are as important as their permanent teeth. The decay in the baby's teeth can affect the condition of the permanent teeth when it erupts. Baby teeth help to prepare a path for the permanent ones when it is time to erupt. Baby teeth also aid with speaking, eating, and allow for the healthy development of jaw and muscles. Our Office
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
You can use any soft-bristled toothbrush that has a small head, preferably the ones that were made for infants. Brush their teeth daily as it helps to remove plaque bacteria which causes tooth decay and gum problems if left uncleaned. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests brushing the teeth at least once a day before bedtime.
When does my child need to have their first dental exam?
The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that children should have their first dental exam when their first tooth erupts or when they reach the age of one.
How do dental sealants work?
Dental sealants are essential for preventive dentistry. The sealants fill in the nooks and crannies on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and seal it shut so no food particles will get into it and cause tooth decay.
When will my child's teeth come in?
Baby's teeth will start forming before they are born. The eruption patterns of baby teeth will vary from child to child, but on average, the first tooth will come out at around four months of age. Below is the chart information for the averages:
Are Dental X-rays safe?
Dental X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool for the dentist, and it poses minimal risk. Our office uses advanced 3D digital X-ray technology that emits extremely lower levels of radiation compared to traditional x-rays. Dental x-rays help detect cavities, diagnose bone disease, and assess the trauma, which can later prevent serious dental issues.
What toothpaste do you recommend and at what age to start using it?
Use a toothpaste that is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) to avoid harsh abrasions that could damage the children's tooth enamel. These toothpastes usually have an ADA seal in their packaging. It is recommended to clean your baby's gum with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth with water. When the first tooth erupts, use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to the baby's teeth twice a day using a baby's toothbrush. When they reach three years old, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste should be applied. Continue to assist with your child's brushing, and they should be instructed to spit the toothpaste out and not swallow it after brushing.
How do I know if my child isn't getting enough fluoride?
Dr. Nam can identify the fluoride level of your child through the water that they drink. If your child is not getting enough fluoride through water consumption (especially if there isn't enough fluoride level or your child does not drink fluoridated water), then she can prescribe fluoride supplements.
What should I do if my child sucks her thumb?
Sucking a thumb or finger is a child's natural reflex that begins during infancy. Babies usually do this as a way to make them feel content or secured. This thumb-sucking habit can become a problem if it goes on for a more extended period of time or if it continues after the permanent teeth have erupted. Thumbsucking can affect the development of the child's teeth and the proper placement of new teeth that are coming in. Pacifiers can have similar effects. Most children can stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past age three, a dental appliance may be recommended by Dr. Nam.
What are child root canals (pulp therapy), and when is it necessary?
The pulp is the inner core of the tooth that contains the nerves, vessels, cells, and tissues. Pulp therapy in pediatric dentistry is often used to keep the integrity of the decaying or injured tooth so that the child won't lose a tooth.
What are the most important things parents do to prevent tooth decay?
Preventing tooth decay requires the help of parents to commit to regular dental exams - starting from the eruption of the first tooth. Your dedication to daily oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and feeding your child with proper nutrition is essential in preventing tooth decay. Supervising your child on how he or she is taking care of their teeth is vital to the success of their oral health. Children should be assisted with brushing their teeth until age six and supervised through age 12.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
Have a look at our dental emergencies page for instructions on what to do during dental emergencies.
When does my child need braces?
What is great about Hardy Dental Group is that you have a pediatric dentist and an orthodontist on-site to cater to your child's needs. Dr. T.C. Hardy will assess if your child needs braces. During the early age of 2 or 3, we can start to identify bad bites. Through a collaborative effort between Dr. T.C Hardy and Dr. Nam, we can monitor the development of your child's teeth and take early steps to reduce the need for a costly and time-consuming orthodontic treatment.
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