Pediatric dental care is specially tailored to meet the unique and changing needs of infants, toddlers, children, tweens, and teens as they grow and develop. We strive to encourage our young patients to develop positive oral health habits while keeping their teeth healthy and clean with a comprehensive menu of pediatric dental services and treatments.
Pediatric dentistry is vital for children for two primary reasons: keeping their teeth healthy and establishing a solid foundation of good oral health.
In pediatric dentistry, we place a strong emphasis on preventive care to help prevent your child from developing oral health problems while maintaining good oral health as they grow and develop.
We also focus on patient education. We adjust our lessons, recommendations, discussions, and topics according to the child's age, and we always aim to help children learn about the importance of oral health while teaching them effective oral hygiene techniques.
When you bring your child to the dentist, you help them develop healthy oral care habits and also demonstrate the importance of oral healthcare by setting a positive example.
The American Dental Association recommends that children have their first dental examination by the time their first tooth erupts or they celebrate their first birthday – whichever occurs first.
We use a gentle touch and friendly, approachable manner to provide comprehensive care to children of all ages. Our pediatric dental services include the following:
We perform thorough pediatric dental examinations to evaluate the health of your child's teeth and gums while also assessing the development of their oral anatomy.
Thorough professional dental cleanings help to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy by removing accumulated plaque and tarter. These cleanings help to prevent tooth decay, dental cavities, and periodontal disease (gum disease).
We provide topical fluoride treatments designed to strengthen your child's tooth enamel, prevent tooth decay, and reverse early tooth decay to help your child avoid the development of dental cavities.
We recommend dental sealants for all of our patients who have permanent molars. Once your child's permanent molars begin to erupt, we'll recommend applying dental sealants to their chewing surfaces. These make the molars easier to clean and maintain while protecting their chewing surfaces from tooth decay and cavities.
We use state-of-the-art tools and technology to provide our patients with a comfortable, thorough, and accurate diagnostic experience. We use digital radiographs for a safer X-ray experience that helps us monitor your child's development while ensuring we address any potential issues early before they become more serious problems.
If your child does develop a cavity, we can easily treat it and prevent further decay with a tooth-colored filling.
As your child grows and develops, we'll evaluate their orthodontic health (i.e. the alignment of their teeth, jaws, and temporomandibular joints). If they show signs of issues, we might recommend interception orthodontics or another form of treatment to address the issues and prevent more serious problems from developing in the future.
If your child's oral health becomes compromised for any reason such as an injury or oral health problem, we can work to restore their oral health in addition to the form and function of their to help preserve their smile.
If your child has a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our office right away. We are here for you and can provide you with immediate care instructions while we prepare to see your child in our office.
We recommend that children wear protective mouthguards during athletic activities. While simple stock mouthguards or boil-and-bite mouthguards will suffice for most children, some children (especially those with orthodontics) can benefit from a custom-designed mouthguard.
We provide child-friendly sedation methods in our office to ensure children have pleasant, calm, and stress-free experiences during more invasive or extensive treatments. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the types of sedation dentistry we offer for our pediatric patients.
The entire dental care team at our San Francisco dental office takes care to adjust our treatment style to meet the unique needs of children throughout the stages of development. Whether we're caring for your infant at their first dental exam or consulting with you about the eruption of your teen's wisdom teeth, we take special care to ensure we're doing our best to provide patients of all ages with the highest quality dental care.
To learn more about pediatric dentistry or to request an appointment for your child, we welcome you to contact our office today.