Pediatric Dentistry

What is a Pediatric Dentist? What's the difference?

A pediatric dentist or a pedodontist is a dentist who has devoted to an additional 2 to 3 years to learning the specific needs of children. While many believe that kids are just little people, nothing could be further from the truth. By using specific communication techniques, child psychology and adjunctive medical treatments your childs experience can be greatly enhanced by seeing a pediatric dental specialist.

A child's first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends...

Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

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When New Teeth Arrive

Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.

Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).

Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.

Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.

“I just took my 4-year-old son here for the first time yesterday. The staff were so friendly and he was made to feel very comfortable! He went back with no fear and we were able to go see how he was doing mid check-up. He was so excited to get his goody bag after his cleaning and he left that office with a very positive view of the dentist! Beyond happy with our experience!”

~ Kara T.

“We have taken both of our children to Dr. Yavari. The staff has always been very kind, attentive, and courteous. My children enjoy their visits and their teeth look fantastic. An outstanding experience every time we go through the door!”

~ B. Flynn

“Best orthodontist I’ve ever been to in my life! Feels like home when I’m there. I love my teeth! Never thought they would look this great! ”

~ D’Amber A.

“The staff is always so kind and attentive. The ladies at the front desk are absolutely outstanding!”

~ Ben H.
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