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Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

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When it comes to dentistry, one size does not fit all. That’s why pediatric dentistry services such as those offered by Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry are so important for you and your child. Together, the parent and the staff build a solid game plan for excellent dental health for a child to enjoy for a lifetime.

“Our goal is to offer exceptional pediatric dentistry and orthodontia treatment for children and to work with their parents to instill good dental health care for all teeth, from baby teeth to permanent ones,” shared Dr. Dustin Burleson, Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. “We want parents and their children to take oral care very seriously at a young age because it lays the foundation for good dental health for their lifetimes. Baby teeth can impact permanent teeth, so we want to be there when that first tooth comes in or at least by the age of one.”

Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including children with special health needs. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, having two to three years of specialty training following dental school to learn the proper way to treat young children. The regular care offered by the staff at Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry can help young patients and their parents set a regular routine of good healthcare, which will prevent problems down the road.

“In pediatric dentistry, we’re shifting away from treating tooth decay and moving to preventive care. We’re the quarterback for laying out the game plan for how the teeth are going to grow and develop,” noted Dr. Burleson. “The parents and our staff will create the strategy for dental health for a baby and then adjust it as they mature to young adulthood. While they’re growing, it’s important that we address their oral development.”

Dr. Burleson will closely monitor the progress of a child’s dental milestones such as how the teeth are coming in; are airways developing correctly; are children using pacifiers or sucking on their thumbs; are the jaws growing properly and many others. Regular dental care such as teeth cleanings or X-ray usage is completed along the way to catch any dental issues as early as possible.
In 2006, Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry was founded by Drs. Dustin and Amy Burleson, specialists in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry in Briarcliff Village in Kansas City, Missouri. Not only do they have extensive specialty training beyond dental school, but they also teach at the Children’s Mercy Hospital and hold faculty appointments at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Their work has grown to now include locations in Liberty and Raymore.

“In my practice, many of my parents have chosen to use a pediatric dentist because they had a bad experience at the dentist when they were younger,” Dr. Burleson said. “They value the benefits of good dental health so they take their children to Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry because we specialize in kids and how to make them comfortable. If you’re a parent, you don’t want your kids having a bad experience because then they avoid the dentist, which causes problems in the long term.”

Besides the special training the staff has in dealing with children, the office is also built to better accommodate children. X-ray machines and chairs are sized for children so they’re not intimidating. Instruments have been developed and designed to fit into a youngster’s mouth. “It may seem silly, but having the appropriate-sized equipment does a lot to reassure children about what we’re doing,” remarked Dr. Burleson.

While preventive care is key at the dentist’s office, Dr. Burleson notes that good dental hygiene must be the focus at home as well. Juice and milk for small children should be limited to one 8- or 12-ounce serving each day, and it should be served at mealtime because food helps buffer the negative aspects of having juice as the sugars are diluted. However, he strongly discourages the usage of sippy cups filled with juice or milk that are used throughout the day because teeth are constantly exposed to sugar, acid and bacteria. If parents use a sippy cup, give water, as it is the best hydration for children and offers no risk to the teeth.
Your baby’s teeth require attention and care as soon as they break through the gums. When that happens, you need to devise a dental health strategy to ensure you’re scoring a touchdown for your children’s teeth. The staff at Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry can be the coach you need to develop a specialized and individualized plan with you because, when it comes to dentistry, one size does not fit all.

To learn more about Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, call 816-759-0123 or visit the website at