Fort Myers Pediatric Dentist
Board-certified care to give your child their best smile
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Establish a foundation of oral health
At smiLee, we offer comprehensive pediatric dental services to provide a dental home that establishes healthy oral habits that last a lifetime. Our goal is that every child should have a beautiful smile to give them the confidence to live life to their fullest potential. We strive to partner with families to cultivate a positive relationship with the dentist from a young age.
First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dental Association, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend a child’s first dental visit no later than 1 year of age. The goal is to establish healthy habits to prevent dental issues.
Just as your child has an established “Medical Home” at the pediatrician’s office, a “Dental Home” is also important. Establishing with a pediatric dentist will provide comprehensive guidance to introduce and maintain oral health habits and routines from a young age and help prevent dental disease.
smiLee Pediatric Dentistry Services
A prophylaxis, or a dental cleaning, removes plaque, tartar, and stain from the teeth to promote healthy teeth and gums. Routine dental cleanings are the foundation for a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles. They are recommended for children starting with the eruption of the first tooth or no later than 12 months of age. Some children may be at higher risk for developing tooth decay and gum inflammation (gingivitis). These children may require dental cleanings at a greater frequency to help prevent dental issues.
Oral Hygiene Instruction
At each cleaning visit, our Team at smiLee will educate and review proper brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning. We will also review smart diet choices to maintain oral health and help prevent dental disease.
Fluoride strengthens enamel to help prevent and treat decay. The amount of fluoride used at smiLee is proven safe and has a remarkable ability to help prevent decay. If you have any questions or concerns about fluoride use, we are happy to discuss this at your child’s visit.
Dental X-rays, also called radiographs, are used to monitor for and diagnose oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. X-rays can also evaluate trauma as well as monitor dento-facial development. They provide critical information to detect disease far earlier than can be detected with the eyes alone. At smiLee, we use the latest technology available in digital x-rays to reduce the amount of radiation to a minimal dose. In addition to the latest technology, we also use the fastest image receptors, the smallest beam required to capture the X-ray, and protective lead aprons on all children.
Not all children require radiographs at every visit. At smiLee, we follow the American Dental Association and the Food & Drug Administration’s recommendations for prescribing dental radiographs. Your child will have radiographs recommended based on their risk for dental decay and stage of dental development. For every child, we follow the As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) Principle.
Depending on the cause of the staining, several treatment options exist for whitening teeth. Often a prophylaxis or cleaning can remove build-up and lead to a brighter smile. At smiLee, we can discuss whitening options to help you achieve your brightest smile.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
- Nitrous Oxide: At smiLee, we strive to provide positive and atraumatic dental visits for all children in order to establish and maintain a positive attitude towards the dentist. Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective method of alleviating anxiety and minimizing pain during dental procedures. The most common side effect of laughing gas is uncommon but a small portion of patients experience nausea. Children remain awake while using nitrous oxide and are able to eat and drink prior to their appointment.
- IV sedation: While most dental procedures can be completed without sedation, for young and anxious, or special needs children unable to cooperate for dental procedures, smiLee is proud to partner with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA) to provide in-office sedation for dental procedures. Your child’s safety is smiLee’s and PDAA’s top priority.
Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates’ practice has been designed to operate with the highest safety standards in mind. PDAA only uses pediatric fellowship-trained and board-certified anesthesiologists that have no history of malpractice and have proven excellence in clinical practice. They use the same or higher basic safety standards as hospitals and surgery centers and our practice is certified by risk managers every year. Our doctors and nurses routinely conduct safety drills, and ensure that all safety equipment is available and up to date. For this reason, PDAA has been chosen to provide anesthesia at over 290 pediatric dental offices in five different states. After completing more than 20,000 cases PDAA is extremely proud to report no incidents of patient injury.
For established patients, we are available to see your child on an emergency basis during business hours. After hours, an emergency line is available for true dental emergencies which include: pain causing an inability to eat or drink, infection, and dental trauma.
What are good methods to prevent trauma?
Lip or tongue bite:
Knocked out Baby Tooth:
Knocked out Permanent Tooth:
How we help your child
Maintain healthy teeth
Diagnose dental problems
Restore damaged teeth
“If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist, smiLee is the place to go! This was his first dentist appointment and he was so chill throughout the whole process.”
“Best dentist office we’ve ever been to! They respect the appointment times, and are super courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! We definitely recommend them.”
“This was our first time at the smiLee office. My daughter had been nervous prior to going, but I don’t think I’ll have any trouble getting her to go back, she had a great experience!!”
Let us give your child the smile they deserve
We are currently accepting new patients and very excited to work with you and your child.
Our Fort Myers Pediatric & Orthodontic Office
*We answer phone calls on Fridays from 8:00am-5:00pm and are open for appointments on some Fridays. Contact us for full Friday availability!