Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Justin VanBibber, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. VanBibber is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. He was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. Soon after graduating from Bingham High School, he decided he wanted to become a Pediatric Dentist.

He began his education at the University of Utah where he obtained a B.S. in Sociology with a certificate in Criminology. He then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, where he graduated with honors. After receiving his D.M.D, he continued his education at Boston University where he received his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2012. During his time in Boston, Dr. VanBibber had the opportunity to work at Boston Medical Center, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

While in Boston, Dr. VanBibber was lucky enough to meet his beautiful wife Rachel. They now have three children, and love to enjoy all the outdoor activities, and events that Utah has to offer. 

Why See a Pediatric Dentist?

 

Pediatric dentists (or pedodontists) are specially qualified to meet the dental needs of infants, toddlers, school-age children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists are required to undertake an additional two or three years of child-specific training after fulfilling dental school requirements.

In addition to dental training, pediatric dentists specifically study child psychology. This enables them to communicate with children in an effective, gentle, and non-threatening manner. This means that your child will develop a positive outlook towards dental visits and a healthy attitude towards personal dental hygiene.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a pediatric dentist before the age of one (or approximately six months after the emergence of the first primary tooth). Though this might seem early, biannual preventative dental appointments are important for excellent oral health.

Our pediatric dentist focuses on several areas of dental care:
 

  • Prevention – Tooth decay is the most prevalent childhood ailment. Fortunately, it is almost completely preventable. Aside from providing advice and guidance relating to home care, the pediatric dentist can apply sealants and fluoride treatments to protect tooth enamel and minimize the risk of cavities.

  • Early detection – Examinations, X-rays, and computer modeling allow the pediatric dentist to predict future oral problems. Examples include malocclusion (bad bite), attrition due to grinding (bruxism), and jaw irregularities. In some cases, optimal outcomes are best achieved by starting treatment early.

  • Treatment – Pediatric dentists offer a wide range of treatments. Aside from preventative treatments (fluoride and sealant applications), the pediatric dentist also performs pulp therapy and treats oral trauma. If primary teeth are lost too soon, space maintainers may be provided to ensure the teeth do not become misaligned.

  • Education – Education is a major part of any pediatric practice. Not only can the pediatric dentist help the child understand the importance of daily oral care, but parents can also get advice on toothpaste selection, diet, thumb-sucking cessation, and a wide range of related topics. Pediatric dentists stay well informed about the latest advances in dentistry. For example, Xylitol (a naturally occurring sugar substitute) has recently been shown to protect young teeth against cavities, tooth decay, and harmful bacteria. Children who do not see the dentist regularly may miss out on beneficial information which can promote a healthy dental future.

Pediatric Services Offered

We offer a variety of dental services for children including the following:

  • Routine cleanings

  • Oral examinations and screenings

  • Kindergarten oral assessments

  • Preventative oral care, including sealants, fluoride, and oral hygiene instruction

  • Mercury-free fillings

  • Fillings, crowns, and other restorative treatments

  • Orthodontics

  • In-office sedation

  • and more! Ask your dentist if you have questions about other services for your child!

Sedation

Children who are very young or who have a high level of anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the dentist to perform treatment may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. There are many safe and effective drugs available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.

 

Conscious sedation is an option for children who are older (six years and above) and are mildly apprehensive. This highly effective method can be administered in oral form or in an inhalation method using nitrous oxide (N20-02).

 

Deep sedation is sometimes necessary for children that are unable, by either age or maturity level, to cooperate during dental treatment. Our practice utilizes a certified anesthesiologist for cases where the patient may pose a threat to their own safety during treatment. This will be discussed with the parents/guardians of the patient before treatment to ensure the optimum beneficial outcome.

 

Sedation dentistry is most helpful for:

  • Infants

  • Children who require major treatment

  • A very anxious child

  • Children that have had traumatic dental experiences (sound and smell aversion)

  • Children with a strong gag reflex

  • Children who are medically compromised or have special needs

Pain Control

 

Our Doctors make every effort to administer local anesthetics (Novocaine) in a slow, gentle, and comfortable manner, thus eliminating any pain that may accompany dental treatment. The duration of numbness after treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on what anesthetic was used. Generally the numbness wears off after two to three hours. Parents must be careful to watch their child for chewing or biting of inner cheeks or tongue that can cause injury to a numb mouth.

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