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Dr. Snyder was born and raised in Godfrey, Illinois. He is a 1998 graduate of Alton High School, and attended Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey where he was a member of the Trailblazer Men's Soccer team and earned the honor of NJCAA Academic All-American. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University (B.S. in Biology), Dr. Snyder decided to pursue a career in dentistry. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2007, earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
After graduation from dental school, Dr. Snyder held several positions in the dental field. He practiced as a general dentist at Carrow and Chapel Dentistry Partnership, served on the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, and served as a clinical dentist/adjunct faculty at Lewis & Clark Community College's Dental Hygiene program.
It was after taking a position at Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri that Dr. Snyder discovered his true passion for working with children. After service as a general dentist and Chief Dental Officer at Family Care Health Center for two and a half years, Dr. Snyder decided to continue his education to earn advanced and specialized training in the specialty of pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Snyder earned his specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky where he served as Chief Resident of Pediatric Dentistry during his second year of residency. During his training, Dr. Snyder earned additional training in the field of pediatric dentistry including: behavior management, hospital dentistry & the treatment of pediatric dental patients under general anesthesia, oral sedation, dental trauma, comprehensive dental care for the pediatric patient, growth and development & interceptive orthodontics, and treatment of patients with special health care needs.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Snyder holds academic appointments at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and University of Louisville School of Dentistry in the Pediatric Dentistry Departments.
Dr. Snyder is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Madison District Dental Society.
Dr. Snyder is excited to return to his hometown are to offer pediatric dental services to families of the surrounding communities!
Dr. Snyder lives in the Riverbend area with his wife, Sara, and their three children, Nolan, Korby, and Colton. In their free time, the Snyder's enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing sports and enjoying the outdoors, listening to music and playing games. They look forward to returning home and being involved in the community.
At Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry, we offer access to care for dental emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for patients who are patients of record in the practice and have an active* status. Those patients who are not active patients of Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry should contact their general dentist or visit the closest hospital emergency room.
If you are a patient of record, please contact our office. If you are calling after hours, please follow the directions on our voicemail to contact Dr. Snyder.
*Active patients are those patients who are actively seeking treatment in the practice and remain current with their regularly scheduled recall exams.
if your child has have never visited Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry as a patient, then they are not considered an active patient of record.
Patients not returning to the practice every 6 months for regular check ups may not be considered active if too much time has lapsed since their last visit to the office.
Instructions for Dental Emergencies:
clean around the sore tooth with a soft bristled toothbrush or warm wash cloth depending on what your child will tolerate.
Check for any debris that might be trapped in the area and try to remove it by rinsing with warm salt water or using dental floss if necessary.
Give your child the age/weight appropriate dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) for any pain. Do not place the medication directly on the sore area and hold it there, as this may cause a chemical burn of the soft tissue (gums), eventually resulting in more discomfort in that area.
If there is facial swelling present, apply a COLD compress. If swelling becomes too great, it may be necessary to send the patient to the hospital for administration of IV fluid and antibiotics. These situations can become serious, even life-threatening, so timely management and medical attention is required to ensure that your child avoids such conditions.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Fractured (Broken) Tooth
Rinse any dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water.
Place a cold compress over the face in the injured area.
Locate any fragments of the tooth that may have broken off.
Contact your dentist for a dental evaluation and any necessary treatment.
Tooth Knocked Out of Position (Luxation)
tooth has been knocked out of position but has not been knocked completely out of the mouth
Contact your dentist so that necessary treatment can be provided.
Close follow up care will be required during the first few months following the initial accident to try and intercept further complications of the trauma before the compromise the health of the tooth.
Tooth Knocked Completely Out of the Mouth (Avulsion)
Primary (Baby) Tooth:
These teeth are not reimplanted mainly avoid damaging the adult tooth that is developing under the primary teeth within the jaw bone. A follow-up evaluation with your dentist is recommended to ensure that there is no remaining tooth structure that has been left behind and may require removal.
Permanent (Adult) Tooth:
Find the tooth
Hand the tooth only by the crown (the part that is usually visible in the mouth), DO NOT handle the root.
The tooth may be rinsed, but do not excessively handle or scrub the tooth.
If clean, try to reimplant (reinsert) the tooth into its socket and have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean washcloth. This will give the tooth a better chance for long term survival.
If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport it in a cup of milk
CONTACT YOUR DENTIST IMMEDIATELY! Your child will need to be seem by a dentist as soon as possible to try and save the tooth. Close follow up care will be required in the first couple of months to determine what treatment will be necessary to give the tooth its best chance at survival.
A: At Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics and advise parents to bring their children in for their first dental visit no later than their 1st birthday (12 months of age). Our goal is to create a dental home for the child throughout their young years, providing a place where parents can bring their children for regular well child dental check-ups, restorative dentistry (filling) appointments if needed, and also serve as a resource if there are any concerns with the child’s dental development or a traumatic dental event is experienced.
Q: What can I expect at my first dental visit?
A: The first visit to our office will not only give the child a chance to become more familiar with our office and staff, but for us to become more familiar with them as well. Regardless if this is your first time seeking dental care for your child or if you have been referred to us by another office, our first visit will typically involve collection of the child’s medical and dental history and an exam to determine what treatment, if any, is indicated.
Please remember that we want to make this a positive experience for your child. We avoid any words or phrases that might inject anxiety or fear into a child concerning their visit. Words like shot, needle, pain, etc. may create unnecessary worry into a child and should be avoided if possible.
Q: What happens if my child needs dental treatment?
A: If upon examination it is determined that your child will need to return for care (fillings, extraction, etc.), we will discuss options with you, the parent, to determine what route will be best. Children can be very accepting to restorative dental procedures, many times they handle these appointments better than the parents do! We will evaluate each individual patient and schedule appointments for treatment based on what we feel will give them the most positive experience at our office.
Q: Can I accompany my child during their dental appointment?
A: At Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry we have an open door policy, meaning that you are able to stay with your child during their dental appointment. However there are a few things to consider regarding your child’s dental appointment.
First, during the dental procedure it is important that the dentist and his staff feel like they are in primary contact with the patient. Parents wishing to be present must agree to maintain a passive role during the appointment so that effective communication between the staff and child can be maintained. If there is any interference, parents may be asked to wait in the waiting area.
Many times during treatment, the anxious patient may view the parent as an “escape route”. If they know that you are present in the room, they may try to “convince” you to delay or stop the procedure. Many times the child will behave in a more cooperative manner and allow our TEAM to finish the necessary treatment once the parent has left the room.
Again, you are welcome to be present during your child’s appointment as long as that presence does not interfere with the delivery of treatment.
Q: How often will my child have to come back for regular check ups?
A: For most patients, a maintaining a regular 6 month interval between dental check ups is adequate. At each appointment we will evaluate each individual and provide necessary care based on their risk for cavities. For example, a child at low risk for developing cavities may only require radiographs (dental x-rays) to be taken once every 12-18 months, while a child at a higher risk may require radiographs to be taken once every 6 months until it is determined that they no longer fall into the “high risk” category.
Children that are determined to be at high risk for caries may be required to return at an increased frequency (i.e. recall visits every 3-4 months) to adequately treat and prevent the cavity process.
A: Pediatric Dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, receiving an additional 2-3 years of training after dental school to gain advanced knowledge in the dental care of your child. They are responsible for the treatment of children from infancy through adolescence and patients with special healthcare needs.
Q: When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
A: We follow the guidelines established by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommending that patients should establish a dental home by the time that they are 12 months old. A dental home is “home base” for your child’s dental care. It gives parents a place to take children for regular recall exams, restorative treatment (fillings), and a familiar place to seek treatment in case of a dental emergency. Appointments for infants and toddlers will have a heavy emphasis on education and preventative techniques so that we can help the child maintain a cavity free mouth throughout their life.
Q: Why are primary (“baby”) teeth so important?
A: Primary teeth serve many different and important functions while present. They help in chewing food, development of proper speech, and help to save the space that will be necessary for the adult teeth to properly erupt into the oral cavity. It is also important to keep these teeth healthy to avoid undesired pain and infection that may have an adverse effect on a child’s quality of life. Studies have shown that children with cavities are at higher risk of: developing new cavities in the future, increased time and cost required for treatment, delayed physical growth and development, increase absence from school, increased days with restricted activity, diminished ability to learn, and increased hospitalization and emergency room visits.: While baby teeth will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, it is important to keep them as healthy as possible while they are present!
Q: Eruption of Child’s Teeth, when will they come in,what are common side effects?
A: Both the eruption of the first baby teeth and the transition from baby teeth to adult teeth can be an exciting and nerve racking time for both patients and their parents.
Primary “Baby” teeth: Children typically start getting their first teeth around 6-7 months of age. Through out the first two years of life, primary teeth will continue to erupt until 20 teeth area present by the age of 24 months.
Permanent “Adult” Teeth: Children will start making the transition to permanent dentition around the age of 5 ½ to 6 years of age, with the loss of their lower central incisors. Throughout the next few years all four primary incisors will be replaced by permanent teeth and the six year molars will erupt behind the last primary molar. Around the age of 9-10 years, the primary canines and molars will be replaced by permanent canines and premolars. Typically, a full permanent (“adult”) dentition will be present by 13 years of age.
Some common side effects of teething in the primary dentition include increased salivation, and increased frequency of the child placing their fingers and hands in their mouth. There are some conditions that have been attributed to eruption of teeth. Parents should be careful when “blaming” these conditions on eruption of teeth as not to overlook a more serious medical condition.
Q: Dental Radiographs (“X-rays”), are they necessary?
A: Dental radiographs are essential for a complete diagnosis of your childs oral health. Radiographs will allow the dentist to check for cavities that might not be able to be visualized by just looking in the mouth. Radiographs can check for cavities that are between the teeth, infections involving structures of both tooth and bone, and are helpful in evaluating proper growth and development. Although advances in modern technology have made dental radiographs very safe for patients, your child will be individually evaluated to determine what radiographs are necessary for proper diagnosis while minimizing exposure to x-rays.
A: Brushing your child’s teeth on a regular basis is the best way to help prevent cavities from developing. Many young children may be resistant to letting their parents brush their teeth, but it is better to have the child be a little fussy while brushing than to have a mouth full of cavities.
Parents are encouraged to brush their children’s teeth until the child is 7-8 years old. Before then, the patient does not have the manual dexterity (coordination) to properly manipulate the toothbrush and thoroughly clean their teeth. It is alright to let the patient brush first, but parents must follow up on a regular basis to ensure that proper oral hygiene is maintained.
Once the child reaches an age where they are able to brush their teeth on their own, parents must continue to supervise their children to ensure that proper oral hygiene is maintained and the patient is not just “getting the toothbrush wet”. It is not uncommon for parents of older children to still have to brush their children’s teeth because the child is not doing an adequate job.
Q: What toothpaste is best for my child?
A: Studies have shown that fluoride use is effective in reducing the chances of patients getting cavities in all age groups, especially those that have certain factors that place them in the high risk category. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now recommends that children of all ages can use a fluoride toothpaste to help protect your child from getting cavities.
This photograph taken from the American Academy ofPediatric Dentistry’s Clinical Guideline on Fluoride Therapy shows the properamount of toothpaste that should be used when brushing your children’s teeth.
Left: A “smear” of toothpaste is all that is needed for children younger than 2 years of age. This small amount will ensure that your child receives the topical benefits from using a fluoride toothpaste without worrying that they may get sick from swallowing too much toothpaste.
Right: A “pea-sized” amount of toothpaste is recommended for children between the ages of 2-5 year old. Remember that your child still does not have the hand coordination at this time to adequately clean their own teeth. Parental supervision and help with brushing is key to getting the areas that your child may miss on their own.
Q: What about flossing my child’s teeth?
A: Flossing your child’s teeth becomes important when two teeth that are next to one another are in contact. When this is the case, it becomes impossible for a toothbrush to reach these areas during daily brushing. Flossing on a regular basis ensure that the teeth are adequately cleaned and helps to prevent against cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
The type of floss used is not as important as the act of flossing itself. Many parents find that using “floss picks” are convenient for them because it is easier to manipulate this instrument in the child’s small mouth.
Q: Is it okay for my child to use mouthrinses?
A: Mouthrinses can be a good adjunct to maintaining good oral health. Many provide ingredients that aid in keeping both the teeth and gums healthy. However, using mouthrinse should not take place of daily brushing and flossing. Children can start using mouthrinses when they can properly spit, and not swallow, the mouthrinse that they are using. Ingestion of too much fluoride could make your children sick and could possibly affect the development of the permanent teeth.
A: When cavities in primary teeth are not diagnosed and treated early, the diseased tooth structure can reach the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is composed of nerves and blood vessels that helped to form and nourish the tooth. Once the bacteria from a cavity reaches the pulp, it can cause pain, infection, and other unwanted symptoms in your child. If caught in time there is still a chance to save the tooth by performing a pulpotomy. In this procedure, the top portion of the pulp is removed by the dentist and the tooth is treated with medicine to help remove any bacteria present and help maintain the vitality of the remaining nerve left in the tooth’s roots. The tooth is then restored with a stainless steel crown that will cover the remaining tooth structure, reinforcing it until it is time for the tooth to fall out and be replaced by an adult tooth.
Q: What are the advantages to getting a pulpotomy?
A: The main advantage to pulpotomy treatment is that the patient is able to maintain the tooth until it is time for it to fall out on it’s own. Teeth are important for many different reasons, including chewing food, proper speech development, and maintaining space for the permanent teeth to eventually erupt into the oral cavity.
Q: What are the disadvantages of having a pulpotomy performed?
A: The main disadvantage to having a pulpotomy performed is that there is usually not enough healthy tooth structure remaining after the removal of decay and accessing the nerve for the tooth to be restored with a traditional silver or tooth colored filling. Using these materials leads to a greater risk of the tooth fracturing in the future. In this case, a stainless steel crown is then placed over the tooth to help protect the remaining tooth structure and give the tooth its best chance of remaining in the mouth until it is ready to fall out on its own.
Q: Are there other options to performing a pulpotomy and placing a crown?
A: Alternative treatment to having a pulpotomy performed includes extraction (removal of the tooth) and placement of a space maintainer to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and moving once the infected tooth has been removed.
Not having treatment performed is not an alternative to the pulpotomy procedure because if the cavity is allowed to progress it can lead to undesired outcomes, including: pain, infection/abscess, damaging to the developing permanent tooth that will replace the primary tooth. Once symptoms such as pain and infection arise, there is usually no treatment that can be performed to save the tooth and removal of the infected tooth is indicated.