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Your Pediatrician and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that your child be seen for their first dental visit by age 1 or 6 months after their first tooth erupts.
Depending on your child’s comfort level, the “Baby and Me” visit may include:
Once your child is comfortable, the doctor will:
With years of experience and wisdom as parents and San Diego pediatric dentists, we hold true to our mantra: prevention. A pediatric dentist always needs to be thinking and planning for the future. With adults, there is no orofacial growth and development to consider, but with children, every visit is unique in that it will set the stage for your child's future development.
At each stage of dental development, there are important hallmarks for prevention that we will thoroughly review with you to optimize your child’s oral health. These may include:
Is your child fearful of going to the dentist because of a past experience? We recognize that coming to the dentist may be challenging for many children and parents alike.
The first step in determining what level of sedation may be needed for your child is to listen to your concerns and any important information regarding difficult past dental visits. Our doctors will then discuss what level of sedation (if any) will be needed to put your child at ease. Important factors in this decision include:
After discussing your concerns and reviewing your child’s needs, our doctors will decide what form of sedation may be appropriate including:
“As doctors, we are always on call and there for our patient whether it is a major trauma or a simple question. I think this gives parents tremendous peace of mind.” – Dr. Lam
The following scenarios may be considered emergencies:
See why we believe preventive care is the key for a lifetime of oral health and beautiful smiles.
All of our pediatric dentists have completed an intensive 2-3 year postdoctoral program in the specialty care and of pediatric patients.
Also, they have obtained the status of Diplomat with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and stay updated with current technologies through specialty continuing education programs. Their expertly trained eye can help shape a more aesthetic and harmonious smile for your child as they grow up.
The sooner your children learn to adopt healthy hygiene habits, the better for their future. More than just teeth, a child's smile influences their self-view. Having a healthy, harmonious, and straight smile can help build their confidence and self-esteem, whereas an unhealthy smile will stifle their growth as individuals.
As parents ourselves, we hold in high regard for early interaction and training in oral health care.
If your question isn’t here, feel free to ask us! We love parents who want to learn more about their children's optimal dental health.
We are a team of mothers, fathers, and doctors united by one goal — happier, healthier children. Are you ready to make a positive difference in your child’s development?