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Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Amir Mofid Adult & Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Amir Mofid is not only our general dentist for adults, but he also specializes in pediatrics. He treats patients from infants to Mofidadolescents and beyond. Dr Mofid has a HUGE heart for kids and families. After thousands of procedures and more than 14 years of practicing dentistry, his passion is to reduce the anxiety of the dental visit and to do whatever he can to make it the most professional and FUN it can be. Our office has a large play room to keep our younger patients entertained while they are waiting. Once they are brought in for their appointment, they are happy to find TVs above their chairs so they can watch their favorite movie or cartoon during their treatment. We also offer laughing gas to help our patients relax if they are anxious about their dental treatment. Altogether, Dr. Mofid strives to make going to the dentist a stress-free experience for all of his patients, no matter their age. Adults and children alike will enjoy Dr. Mofid’s friendly and caring personality and his ability to make any fears of dental treatment disappear. Everyone benefits from regular dental check-ups and, with Dr. Mofid as your dentist, you can relax and be assured that you are receiving the best care possible.

Dr. Mofid is a graduate of the University of Colorado in general dentistry, and holds orthodontic and pediatric research fellowships and a research recognition award from the University of Kentucky. In addition, he obtained a certificate in pediatric dentistry through a mini-residency program at the University of Florida. He also holds sedation certificates from the State Board of Texas. He has volunteered in many community service programs for kids with dental needs, such as Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) in several states including Texas, Kentucky and Colorado. He is also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Texas Dental Association (TDA), the Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS), and HonorSociety.org. Dr. Mofid speaks English and Farsi.

Dr. Mofid is married and has lived in Houston for three years. In his free time, he enjoys reading, swimming, and kayaking.

 

Baby Dentistry

Effective oral care should start at an early age, including regular checkups and tooth brushing as soon as your child’s first baby tooth breaks through the gum line. Establishing a proper dental hygiene routine from an early age can help prevent a lifetime of dental problems in the future. Even though babies eventually lose their primary teeth, the health of these baby teeth remains critical, as they are important for your child’s speech and chewing ability and guide the proper growth of permanent teeth in the future.

There are some helpful tips that every parent needs to know in order to effectively care for their baby’s dental health.

Gum cleaning: As soon as your child’s first teeth start to appear, parents should clean and brush it with a bit of water. Even if your child does not have teeth yet, it is essential for you to clean his or her gums about two times a day – after breakfast and dinner – to keep the mouth healthy and clean.

Avoid baby bottle dental decay: One of the biggest problems parents do is let their child go to sleep with the baby bottle of milk or a formula. That is because a baby tends to keep this bottle next to their teeth all night long, which can impact the growth of their teeth. Additionally, if there is a sugary or sweetened liquid in the bottle, the prolonged exposure to a high level of sugar on the teeth is never a good idea, as it can lead to tooth decay.

Tooth brushing: It is also essential to make sure that you brush your baby’s teeth properly. By about two years old, your child may be capable of brushing their own teeth with some supervision. Make sure your child uses a pea-sized amount of the toothpaste and use a brush that has soft bristles. It is also important that your child brush all surfaces of his or her teeth evenly and adequately to prevent bacteria from building up. If your toddler is taking any sort of medicine then you are advised to brush their teeth after taking the medicine. This is because some medicines contain sugar, which can turn into enamel-damaging acid and harm your child’s teeth.

Use teething rings: Teething can be painful in a child, but a teething ring can be helpful in soothing the pain.

Choosing the right dentist: Another major step in ensuring the long-term health of your child’s teeth is to choose the right dentist for your child. Opt for someone close-by, professional, friendly and helpful as you care for your child’s oral health.

If you are seeking a pediatric dentist for your child, contact The Texas Dental Center to schedule an initial consultation with us!

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Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric dentist has two or three years of supplementary training after completing the regular dental course. This additional education includes the detailed anatomical changes that occur in our mouths from birth to adolescence. This affords them the expertise to identify delicate changes occurring now that may lead to serious problems later on.

Prevention and Your Pediatric Dentist

Beginning with early checkups the dentist can identify small, subtle changes in such things as unexpected jaw growth or teeth emerging prematurely. A set of x-rays can provide a base to allow the dentist to identify unwanted patterns quickly as they occur.

When you make an annual appointment with your pediatrician, consider making one with your pediatric dentist too. They have the current information for oral health care in kids. Pediatric dentists prefer to teach parents and children how to care for their teeth. The best way to brush, and floss and what to be aware of is all part of our learning program. We want your child to have healthy teeth, and we can show you how to accomplish that. We also assist with thumb sucking and canker sores and teach you how diet is a major factor in good oral health.

Without strong teeth, your child’s ability to chew is diminished, and chewing is the first step in the digestion process. Decayed or misaligned teeth can also affect the clarity of their speech and lead to more complicated health problems.

Anxiety

Most parents don’t bring their children to a dentist until the harm is done, and their child is in pain. This may be due to financial restrictions or anxiety on the part of the parent. Be aware your child will pick up on your fears before you do. We assure you- our preferred status amongst our young patients is earned, we are gentle and friendly.

You can help make this easy by explaining what will be done. How pictures might be taken and instruments might be placed in their mouth, but they shouldn’t be afraid. You can stay with your child if that helps them. If extensive or complex treatments are needed, we do offer sedation therapy. Once the procedures are complete, you can remain with them while they recover.

After Care

We provide you with clear written instructions listing the dos and don’ts when you are ready to go home. Take a minute to read them and ask any questions. If you are concerned after you return home call us. We will be glad to help.

Special Care

Every employee in the office is specially trained to make children feel comfortable and safe in this environment. In the past, procedures were done without any explanation. They were just told to sit down, open your mouth and don’t move. Recent studies show children tolerate medical or dental processes as well as adults when each step is explained to them, and their parents are either calm or absent.

We not only provide the highest quality dental care we take into consideration the emotional well-being of our patient before during and after each visit.

We want all kids to have proper dental care, for this reason, we offer evening and weekend office visits. We also will assist you with insurance claims and we accept payment plans and Medicaid.

The Friendly Kids Dentistry

The moment you open our door you will see our approach to kids is unique and fun. We have a playroom full of games to keep them entertained while waiting for their appointments. We keep their bodies and minds engaged at all times to lessen anxiety. This no stress tactic continues into our treatment rooms so they won’t even have time to become fearful.

In fact, if your child is especially anxious or had a bad experience previously- we encourage you to bring them in to get acquainted with us. Our family friendly attitude will put them right at ease.

Teaching Starts Today

We have a fun way of teaching kids the proper way to brush their teeth and tongues so they can have sparkling shiny teeth. We strive to make their entire visit comfortable and enjoyable. Children love to learn and are always waiting for that “good job” from their parents. So we include mom and dad in the oral care lessons. We will be glad to answer any questions. If your kids are reluctant to follow the routine or start to lag, bring them in for a booster class on the importance of dental hygiene.

Affordable Kids Dentistry

Our overall goal is to provide quality dental care for all kids. We focus on their needs and work to overcome the common obstacles such as availability and costs. Our office hours were created to increase convenience with evening and weekend options. We gladly accept Medicaid and other insurances as well as cash payments. We will assist you with insurance plans and claims to determine the best possible outcome.

The Contagious Smiles

In our office parents and dentist work together to make the most beautiful smiles last a lifetime. When someone has pretty white teeth, they smile more often, and they look and feel better about themselves. Everyone wants that same feeling- it is contagious.

Year round dental hygiene is paramount in protecting your teeth and preventing the development of serious diseases. Reducing costs is an added benefit for now and in your children’s future.

Our pediatric experts consistently seek out the latest techniques available in child dentistry. We provide the most advanced care for our patients whether it’s a more cost effective approach or the latest in available equipment. Treatments for cavities and misaligned teeth have changed dramatically to give kids better results with faster and easier procedures. New methods of management include such things as guards to prevent grinding of the teeth, which may only be spotted by a dentist. This one visit could prevent TMJ from developing. Your dentist may offer other suggestions too.

Common problems can now be avoided if they are discovered early, and treatment begins as soon as possible. Medications for controlling kid’s pain or offering sedation are improving all the time, and we want to provide safest and most efficient options.

Just give us a call to set up the most opportune time for your checkup.

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Tooth extraction for kids

A tooth extraction is a procedure where the tooth is removed completely from the bone socket beneath. There are a number of different reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted, including as a result of tooth decay, in conjunction with another orthodontics treatment, or because of the growth of problematic wisdom teeth. For some children – and even parents of young children – a tooth extraction can seem like a scary procedure, particularly if you don’t know what to expect.

To ease your worry, it is important to educate both yourself and your child to relieve some anxiety around the entire tooth extraction experience.

What to expect

First appointment:

During your first appointment, an x-ray will be taken of the area to assess the severity of damage to the tooth to see if it is in need of a tooth extraction. If your dentist has determined that your child’s tooth is beyond repair and needs to be removed, another appointment for the tooth extraction will be scheduled.

Before the procedure:

On the day of your child’s tooth extraction, an antibiotic may be prescribed to get rid of any infection that might have caused damage to the tooth to begin with. Even though the tooth will be removed, it is important to treat this infection before the extraction to prevent the spread of the infection to surrounding teeth.

If needed, an anti-anxiety medication may be taken on the night before the tooth extraction, and an additional pill can be taken before the procedure for children who are extremely nervous about it.

The procedure:

Before the tooth is extracted, the site around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic like Novocain. This numbing should help put your child at ease and make sure they feel no pain during the procedure. Once the area is completely numbed, your dentist will wiggle the tooth out of its socket using dental forceps.

If the tooth is located beneath the surface of the gum line, your dentist may need to also remove some gum tissue to get to the tooth. In this case, your child might receive a stronger sedative before the extraction, such as nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, to relax your them during the procedure.

Care after the procedure:

After the tooth extraction is complete, your child will need to bite on a gauze pad until a blood clot forms around the site to stem the bleeding. Once the clot has formed, it is important not to dislodge it, as it can expose the bone, causing dry socket.

If any pain or swelling is experienced after the Novocain wears off, an ice pack can be applied to the area, and an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen, may be used. Your child will only be able to eat soft foods for 24 hours after the extraction and is discouraged from drinking from straws or spitting forcefully. After each meal, your child should rinse his or her mouth with saltwater. If stiches were placed after the extraction, they will dissolve within a couple weeks.

 

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Tooth colored composite fillings

Tooth colored composite fillings can be an inexpensive and attractive way to restore a small amount of tooth decay on a child’s tooth. If your child is in need of a filling, the type of material used for the filling will depend on a number of factors, including:

The position and visibility of the affected tooth
The extent of damage to the tooth
Budgetary constraints
Allergies to certain materials, such as metals

When are tooth colored composite fillings used for children?

Dental fillings are used to treat cavities on a child’s tooth and protect the tooth from further damage, infection or decay. Even baby teeth should be salvaged whenever possible to avoid problems with permanent teeth filling in correctly. These cavities may be identified during your child’s next routine dental exam by sight or by a digital x-ray. Your dentist will let you know what options are available to fill a tooth that has been decayed. If the decay is extensive, a root canal may be needed before a filling is placed. Because of its natural, tooth colored appearance, composite fillings are typically used for visible or front-facing teeth; however, they may also be used on non-visible teeth and molars as well.

What are the benefits of tooth colored composite fillings?

There are a number of advantages of tooth colored fillings over alternatives such as gold or silver amalgam, including a more natural appearance and minimal tooth preparation in advance of the filling placement.

Natural looking:

Composite fillings are considered to be a more attractive filling alternative to gold or amalgam because the material hardens into the shade of one’s natural tooth. Therefore, tooth colored composite fillings are typically used for visible or front-facing teeth.

Minimal tooth preparation:

Composite fillings require less healthy tooth structure to be removed into order to restore the tooth compared to alternatives.

Non-metal material:

Composite fillings can be ideal for children who are allergic to metals like silver amalgam. Tooth colored composite fillings can be a great option for children. They offer an effective and natural-looking way to improve your child’s oral health and dental function by preventing the spread of infection or decay from a cavity. If your child has a cavity that needs to be filled, contact our office to see what filling options are available for your child.

Orthodontics for kids

As a child’s permanent teeth come in, they can often come in crooked, crowded or gapped. To correct these issues, orthodontic procedures may be needed. Pediatric orthodontics involves the use of certain dental appliances to straighten teeth or re-align one’s jaw to promote the development of a healthy, functional and attractive smile in adulthood.

Braces for kids

Some orthodontic conditions, such as crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, are much easier to correct early, while the teeth and jaw are still somewhat moldable. One of the most common orthodontic appliances used for kids are braces. Braces are devices that are used to straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites. They work by gradually applying pressure to teeth that need to be shifted into their desired, permanent position. Braces can be comprised of ceramic, plastic, stainless steel or any combination of other materials, each with its own distinct advantages.

Modern-day braces, however, do not have to look like you are wearing a full mouth of metal. There are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as clear plastic aligners and braces with brackets that are bonded directly to the surface of each tooth. These more advanced braces for kids are perfect for those who are seeking an attractive form of dental correction.

Invisalign for kids

A popular and attractive option to correct misaligned teeth in kids are Invisalign braces. Invisalign braces are near-invisible plastic trays that straighten teeth without any metal brackets or wires. They work similarly to metal braces in that they apply pressure to align teeth into their correct position. The difference is that they tend to be more visually appealing than metal braces because they are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Another advantage to Invisalign braces is that they are removable, allowing the Invisalign-wearer to eat whatever they want without the fear of getting food particles stuck between the metal crevices and their natural teeth. Keeping your natural teeth healthy tends to also be less of an obstacle with Invisalign braces, since you can simply remove your Invisalign aligners and brush and floss your teeth normally.

If your child has crooked, crowded or gapped teeth, braces might be a good option to correct his or her smile naturally. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with us to see what types of braces and orthodontic treatment options we offer.

Stainless steel crowns for kids

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are typically placed over a tooth to prevent a broken or decayed tooth from further damage or infection. While many people think of dental crowns as just being a solution for cavities in permanent adult teeth, stainless steel crowns for kids and baby teeth may also be used in certain situations.

When are stainless steel crowns for baby teeth used?

It is important to try to salvage baby teeth until they are ready to fall out naturally. Primary teeth are essential for several reasons, including to chew food comfortably — thus getting children the nutrition they require — and to develop normal speech patterns. The proper maintenance of primary teeth is also important for the growth of one’s permanent teeth because baby teeth reserve the right amount of space for the permanent teeth to grow in, as well as guide them into position correctly. When a baby tooth is lost before a permanent tooth is ready to fill in, the permanent tooth may come in crooked or crowd other teeth.

When a primary tooth is decayed or damaged, a stainless steel crown can help protect the tooth from further damage until the tooth is ready to fall out naturally. These caps are also helpful to help stop the spread of infection, which can lead to other health problems in children.

Here are several different instances when a dental crown may be used to save a baby tooth:

  • When a primary tooth has extensive decay and risks falling out before a permanent tooth is ready
  • When a filling would be too large and weaken or break and baby tooth
  • When a baby tooth develops unnaturally
  • When a tooth has been severely broken
  • To fill a cavity

What are the benefits of a stainless steel crown for kids?

Stainless steel is used as the material for dental crowns in babies, toddlers and children because of its durability and biocompatibility. Because of its color, however, stainless steel crowns are typically used on molars, which are less visible in the back of the mouth. Tooth-colored alternatives may be used for front-facing teeth, including incisors and canines.

If your child has experienced tooth damage or decay – even on baby teeth – make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can assess the extent of the damage and identify the best solution to ensure your child grows up to have a beautiful, healthy and straight smile long into the future!

Root canal for kids: Pulpotomy and Pulpectomy

Root canals are dental procedures that remove all or a portion of one’s nerve pulp, which is found at the center of a tooth. This pulp can become infected for several reasons, including from tooth decay or injury. Pediatric pulp therapy, or root canals for kids, is used in these cases to treat and restore a damaged tooth.

Maintaining the health of your child’s teeth – even baby teeth – is important to ensure proper chewing ability, speech development and growth of permanent teeth. When the area around your child’s tooth becomes inflamed or injured, it may be a sign that your child has experienced damage to his or her pulp on the inner cavity of the tooth.

Here are some signs that a root canal may be needed:

Unexpected pain around a tooth
Unexplained looseness or shifting tooth
Redness or inflammation around a tooth
Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures around a tooth

There are typically two different types of root canal treatments for kids: pulpotomy and pulpectomy treatments. The type of root canal treatment for your child will depend on several different factors, such as the position of the tooth, amount of damage to the nerve root, and general health of the child. Here are the details about each treatment type:

Pulpotomy

If the pulp root remains healthy and only the pulp tip is damaged, your dentist may keep the healthy pulp root intact. A pulpotomy treatment is a versatile treatment that leaves the healthy portion of one’s nerve root alone, while treating only the affected pulp area and surrounding decay. The damaged portion that is removed is then filled with a biocompatible material, which stops the spread of infection and soothes the damaged pulp area. Often, a dental crown is placed atop the entire tooth after the root canal treatment, which minimizes the risk of fracture and strengthens the existing tooth structure beneath.

Pulpectomy

When a child’s tooth is severely decayed and the entire pulp area, including both the root and tip, is damaged, a pulpectomy may be required. A pulpectomy treatment cleanses the entire root canal which is then filled to prevent further damage. In children with primary teeth, the material used for filling is reabsorbed into the natural tooth structure, while a non-reabsorbable material is used for permanent teeth. Once the cavity is filled, a crown may be placed atop the tooth to provide extra structural support for the impacted tooth. Pulpectomy procedures are more extensive than pulpotomy procedures and may require several office visits to complete.

If your child is complaining about swelling, sensitivity or pain around a tooth, contact our office to schedule an appointment with us today so we can get to the root of the problem quickly and effectively!