Your child’s smile is the most precious thing you see each day, and we are committed to keeping your little one’s teeth healthy, so they can smile confidently and eat all of the new foods that await them.
At What Age Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that toddlers have their first visit before they blow out the candle on their first birthday cake. The initial dental visit will be as much about communicating with parents about healthy habits and development as it will be about helping your child develop a positive attitude about the dentist.
We will give your little one a ride in the chair and let them handle some of the instruments we will be using, like the mirror, so that they feel comfortable with their exam. We will move at his or her own pace and never press treatment or exams for a child who is not comfortable.
When your son or daughter is ready, we will look inside his or her mouth, count teeth, and make sure everything is on schedule for their development.
Preventing and Treating Cavities
Dental decay is one of the most common preventable childhood illnesses. Diet and home care play the most significant role in the development of decay and cavities, while genetics play a smaller role. It is true that the bacteria that cause decay and gum disease can be spread from one person to the next, so avoid sharing spoons and toothbrushes with anyone.
Sleeping with a bottle of milk or juice can create a breeding ground for decay. It’s best to stick with water at bedtime.
Even before teeth emerge, you can clean your baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth to remove bacteria and food particles. Once teeth erupt, using a soft toothbrush just for kids and a tiny smear of toothpaste will keep growing smiles healthy.
Fluoride and Sealants
For children with a higher risk of cavities, fluoride application, and dental sealants add a layer of protection. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens enamel, and sealants create a barrier between food and bacteria. Sealants are not visible and will fill in the deep grooves of the back teeth with a coating that lasts for one to several years.
Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
It may seem like baby teeth are disposable because they are destined to fall out when permanent teeth start to emerge. Baby teeth play an essential role in development by retaining the space for adult teeth to come in. Teeth support the growth and stimulation of healthy bone, so caring for baby teeth is vitally important to your child’s adult smile.
Childhood Dental Emergencies
Many childhood dental emergencies can be prevented with a mouthguard for sports activities. We customize mouthguards with your child’s team colors or offer clear ones for a more discreet look.
If your child falls off the swing or bumps their tooth and it gets knocked out, time is of the essence. We can sometimes save a knocked-out tooth if we act fast. Keep the tooth clean and store it in a small container of milk or saliva.
We serve families in Mar Vista and the greater LA area. Contact us to book a dental appointment for your child.