Children’s Dental Care Services in San Francisco
All Children Need Regular Dental Care Starting at Age 2
Our services provide quality, full-service dental care for children ages 2-20 (ages 0-2 on a case-by-case basis). Dr. Benjamin offers a comfortable, child-friendly environment where children always feel welcome.
It’s important to take your child to the dentist to make sure their teeth are growing in properly. Whether it’s their baby teeth or adult teeth, if spaces for teeth are not available, the teeth will grow in crooked and cause future problems.
Children’s teeth are very sensitive in their early years, containing tiny grooves that trap food and cause tooth decay. Dr. Benjamin can provide your child with sealants, along with regular check-ups to protect your child’s teeth and prevent cavities.
We Minimize Radiation Exposure
Our digital x-ray system eliminates the need for film processing and provides up to 90% less radiation than standard x-ray units.
- Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer Screening
At the front line in the fight against oral cancer, we at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental have the best tools to help protect our patients from this deadly disease. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection (LD) is that tool. Sapphire Plus LD provides enhanced visual information so we can better detect and diagnose the presence of cancer or pre-cancer, which is why Sapphire Plus LD is a routine part of all the complete visual and physical exams we perform in our practice.
Early detection is the key! When cancer is discovered late, survival rates are as low as 28%; when it’s discovered early, survival rates are as high as 82%. Getting screened is an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. With Sapphire Plus LD, we can even detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms.
- Periodontal Testing
The MyPerioPath® salivary diagnostic test identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® helps support our doctor with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable outcomes. The MyPerioPath® test is quickly and easily administered chair-side, and takes about a minute to complete.
- Canker Sore Therapy
Canker Sore Therapy
Have you ever had a canker sore? The official term for them is an apthous ulcer. If you’ve ever had one, you know how painful a canker sore can be and how unbearable it feels to wait for them to heal. It could be a week to two-week wait! Dental lasers are an amazing answer to the suffering that has been associated with canker sores. A dental soft tissue laser used for 30–45 seconds can relieve the pain that canker sores cause. The dental laser doesn’t even touch the lesion! It is literally waved like a magic wand over the lesion. After the dental laser is moved over the lesion, the stinging, burning pain is gone!
- Cold Sore Therapy
Cold Sore Therapy
Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas. Laser treatment at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental is the most effective way to heal and prevent cold sore breakouts. Laser treatment not only relieves pain, but prevents future outbreaks as well.
Call us today to learn more about our effective laser cold sore and cancer sore treatment or to make an appointment.
- Dry Mouth Therapy
Dry Mouth Therapy
Everyone, at some time or another, experiences dry mouth. It can happen when you are nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or a lot of the time, it cannot only be uncomfortable—it can have serious consequences for your health. That’s because saliva does more than just keep the mouth wet. It helps digest food, protects teeth from decay, prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth, and makes it possible for you to chew and swallow. Without enough saliva, you can develop tooth decay or other infections in the mouth.
At the Marina Tooth Fairy Dental we have incorporated protocols to aid our patients with this condition and its potential consequences. By utilizing minimally invasive testing, and with a combination of diet changes (Xylitol lollipops, omission of acids) and regimes of varying acid balance with special fluoride and Xylitol rinses, we are able to treat dry mouth syndrome, preserving healthy smiles.
- HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test
HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test
Oral HPV is a manifestation of the HPV virus in the mouth and is primarily found in the oropharyngeal complex. Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms.
Dr. Benjamin and her team are one of the San Francisco dental offices in the Bay Area that offers this procedure. Please feel free to ask any of our team members about it.