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General Dentistry

A Supportive Foundation for a Lifetime of
Oral Health

Harp Pediatric Dentistry knows that life is complicated enough—so why not start with the basics? General dentistry services are where it all begins! Care for your family’s smallest smiles with our general dentistry services. From oral hygiene to dental sealants, we’ll clean and protect those precious teeth while teaching your children about brushing, flossing, being careful with their teeth, and the importance of good nutrition.

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Oral Hygiene

Professional Cleanings & Checkups


Oral hygiene is important before your baby even has visible teeth. Once the first tooth emerges, Dr. Dawoud can advise you about the different stages of brushing and careful flossing for little ones. Reinforcing the importance of consistent oral hygiene when children are young increases the possibility those habits will follow them into adulthood.

  • Baby teeth are important—they’re placeholders for future permanent teeth.
  • Poor childhood dental hygiene can result in speaking and eating difficulty, infection, and pain.
  • Good nutrition helps keep kids’ teeth and bodies healthier.
Oral Hygiene for Kids

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Fluoride Treatments

Extra Ammunition to Fight Cavities


Fluoride is a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel. Treatments with fluoride varnish can help prevent tooth decay, slow its progression, or stop it from getting worse, but cannot guarantee total cavity prevention. Dr. Dawoud may recommend fluoride treatment based on factors such as:

  • Use of fluoride toothpaste
  • Fluoridated drinking water
  • The child’s individual dental situation, health, and eating habits
Fun with Fluoride

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Mouthguards

Protect Their One & Only Smile


If your child is active in contact sports, Harp Pediatric Dentistry recommends you invest in a custom-fitted mouthguard. A custom-made mouthguard ensures the highest level of protection available against oral injuries, potential tooth loss and damage to jaws. Some studies even show custom mouthguards may decrease the likelihood of concussion damage. Some statistics:

  • The American Dental Association reported 13-39% of dental injuries each year are sports-related.
  • Children between 7-10 years of age have the highest number of injuries.
  • 62% of dental injuries occur while playing unorganized sports.

Sealants

Seal Out Decay & Keep Cavities at Bay


Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surface of your child’s back teeth. They cover pits and grooves where many cavities are formed, thereby decreasing potential cavity development. If Dr. Dawoud suggests sealants for your child, he will discuss them thoroughly with you.

  • Sealants are recommended when 1st and 2nd permanent molars form (around ages 6 and 12).
  • Sealants last an average of three years.
  • Sealants discourage bacteria growth in areas difficult to reach with brushing.
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Palm Harbor, FL Location

31067 US Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Seminole, FL Location

8686 131st St. N
Seminole, FL 33776
(727) 605-5574 (fax)
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