We are well known for our conservative treatment and X-ray recommendations.
Dr. Meaghan has earned a reputation of being a conservative dentist.
Each child is different, and each child requires and deserves a thoughtful approach to what is best for them. All cavities do not need to be filled, and x-rays do not need to be taken every year for every child.
That approach assumes that every child’s mouth is the same - that they enjoy the same foods, have the same oral bacteria, have the same genetics, drink the same amount of juice, eat the same type of snacks, and are equally susceptibility to getting cavities. And that is just silly!
We as dentists have the opportunity and responsibility to recommend treatment and x-rays in a way that utilizes our education, experience, and our patient’s individual circumstances (age, dental development, dental history, oral hygiene, food choices, etc).
There are many cavities that, although present, do not need to be treated. Dr. Meaghan takes many things into consideration before recommending treatment. Through her experience, she has learned that while some treatment is inevitable, there are many opportunities to take a more conservative “monitor” approach.
Some dentists take x-rays every 12 months for all patients no matter what. Neither the AAPD or the ADA recommend this approach. The AAPD and ADA both recommend that the frequency at which x-rays are taken should be directly related to the patient's level of risk for cavities. A child who has never had cavities does not need x-rays as frequently as a child who has had many cavities. At Smile Pop, each time a patient comes for a check-up, that patient’s individual dental history and previous x-rays are reviewed and x-ray recommendations are made based on what that patient specifically needs. Dr. Meaghan never recommends the same x-rays for all patients - because every child is different! This allows her to be more conservative as far as how often x-rays are taken - especially on patients who have a very low risk for getting dental decay.
This individualized approach does take a little extra time and brain power, but we are called to provide the highest level of service for our young patients - and to protect them - and treating each patient individually is the only way to do that!