Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Dental Fillings for Children

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on November 20, 2019

Advanced pediatric dentistryWhen it comes to pediatric dentistry, it’s important to find family dentists you can trust. That’s why so many people in Minerva, Carrollton, and Dover, OH visit Dr. Stephen C. Dowell and Dr. Byron Rossi. Their commitment to state-of-the-art children’s dental care sets them apart from so many other dentists in the region.

When your child needs fillings, the Dowell Dental Group team takes time to help your child feel comfortable and at ease at the dentist’s office. Let’s go over a few common concerns about pediatric dental fillings below.

When Are Dental Fillings Necessary?

Cavities are a common issue with people of all ages. When a cavity forms and impacts the tooth structure, a filling prevents further harm and dental health issues. Even for cavities on baby teeth, fillings prevent the spread of bacteria to other structures of the mouth.

Once a cavity is detected, it’s important that a dentist address it as soon as possible. Retaining as much normal tooth structure as you can is essential for long-term dental health and wellness.

Helping Children Through the Filling Process

Getting a dental filling can be scary for children, especially if it’s their first filling. We’re prepared.

Rather than using a dental drill, we use air abrasion to remove damaged tooth material. There’s no high-pitched drilling noise or pressure and heat on the teeth. Instead, air abrasion uses fine particles of safe matter to gently remove tooth material. Water and suction are used to clean the fine debris away.

Trust and Education as Part of Pediatric Dental Care

Throughout the filling process and all dental procedures, the dentists of Dowell Dental Group put an emphasis on patient education. Helping children understand the filling process and other dental procedures in full detail reassures these young patients that they do not have to be afraid or to be anxious about dental treatments.

These kinds of trusting, nurturing interactions with a dentist at an early age can promote good dental health in the years ahead, and a focus on good oral hygiene habits well into adulthood.

Are Metal Fillings Safe for Children?


While there have been numerous concerns about the use of metal fillings in the last few decades, studies have generally found that metal fillings are safe for use in children. The risk of mercury exposure is low, and young patients who receive metal fillings are not at risk of adverse health or developmental issues.

That said, we understand the concerns of parents. That is why we offer tooth-colored fillings at our practice as a restoration option.

Tooth-Colored vs. Silver Dental Fillings

While silver fillings are generally more durable and affordable, tooth-colored fillings are able to withstand a lot of the normal wear and tear associated with biting and chewing. They’re also much more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings. The other great benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they can be placed while preserving more of a young patient’s tooth structure, which is great in the long run.

Remember: Prevention is Always Best

While we offer state-of-the-art dental restorations and treatment, we should emphasize that preventative care is best. While you work on brushing and flossing with your child at home, we can emphasize regular cleanings and dental visits to ensure a smile that’s healthy and long-lasting.

Contact Dowell Dental Group

For more information about pediatric dental care and how we can help you have a healthy smile, be sure to contact our team of family dentists. You can reach us in Minerva by phone at (330) 868-5001 and (330) 868-5080, in Carrollton at (330) 627-5005, and in Dover at (330) 364-1414.

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We hope you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, we’re here for you. Dr. Dowell is available around the clock to help in the event of an emergency. Please call our main line for more information.

Dowell Dental Group


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