Solid preventive care is the foundation for your child's oral and overall health. Fostering good at-home hygiene habits, in combination with professional cleanings, can keep your little one's smile free from decay and other oral health issues like gum disease. Regular exams allow our Valencia pediatric dentist to monitor their oral health and address any minor concerns before they become larger, more costly, and more invasive issues.
Just like cleanings and exams for adults, pediatric cleanings and exams are fairly straightforward. One of our great dental health professionals will clean their teeth and gums as well as carefully examine their mouth and any x-rays to look for potential issues with your child’s oral health or development.
You’ll have the opportunity during this visit to speak with your child’s dentist about what to expect during the various stages of their oral development. We can tell you when baby teeth usually grow in, fall out, and when to expect the series of permanent teeth. We will discuss proper techniques for at-home oral care and hygiene for different age groups, and even talk about nutrition and diet, and how it’s related to your child’s developing oral health.
Fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to keep dental decay at bay. A simple, non-invasive treatment, fluoride helps to keep your child's enamel strong. After your little one's cleaning, we’ll apply a fluoride-rich varnish or gel; we may ask you refrain from allowing your child to eat anything hard or crunchy immediately following their visit. They can drink right away though!
Fluoride helps kickstart a process called “remineralization,” which restores essential minerals like calcium and phosphates to the teeth, keeping your kiddo's enamel hard and resistant to acids, like those that cause tooth decay.
Dental sealants use a transparent liquid resin, which is applied directly to the teeth and is hardened using a UV light. This creates an impenetrable seal on your child’s tooth, which stops bacteria, acid, and food particles from causing cavities. This treatment is usually recommended specifically for cavity-prone molars.
As your child grows, their baby teeth are destined to fall out to make room for their adult counterparts. But when they fall out too early, it can heighten the risk for orthodontic complications later on. We want your child to thrive, which is why we offer space maintenance, a solution that keeps your child's teeth from shifting and having misalignment issues as they erupt. If you are concerned about your child's baby teeth falling out, we can help them get a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Cavities and toothaches are never fun, especially for your child. When it comes to treating decay in baby teeth, you may be wondering if there are alternatives to dental fillings. Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a non-invasive procedure that doesn't require any drills or shots and can be completed in minutes. Painting on SDF to the affected tooth not only kills the bacteria that cause decay but also desensitizes the tooth and can help us gain cooperation with time. If your little one has a cavity, fillings may not be the only option!
Even children need oral cancer screenings! This is an essential part of preventive care that can be performed quickly, safely, and usually without your child noticing.
During the screening, the dentist will examine your child’s mouth, gums, and oral tissues. They’ll look for discolored patches, lumps, growths, and other similar abnormalities. In the rare case that an issue is found, a biopsy may be taken and sent to a specialist for further analysis, or the dentist will refer you to a specialist directly.
Scheduling a dental visit every 6 months allows your child’s dentist to address any issues before they become larger problems.