Pediatric Dentistry

Establish a Lifetime of Good Dental Care Habits with Pediatric Dentistry

Oral health starts early. Pediatric dentistry in our El Dorado dental office helps your child prioritize and maintain their oral health into adulthood.

Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Their first visit to the dentist can shape your child’s oral health. Our goal is to provide them (and you) a positive, anxiety-free experience.

  • Get acquainted and build their confidence
  • Assess the health of their developing teeth and gums
  • Answer their questions and yours

Common Pediatric Dentistry FAQ’s

Questions about pediatric dentistry are common. Here are a few. And feel free to ask for more information as necessary.

What age should my child be for their first dental visit?

“First tooth or First Birthday.” Children should be seen when the first tooth erupts or at least by their first birthday according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Early oral health evaluations can help prevent future dental problems for your child.

How often should my child brush their teeth?

Brushing is optimum 30 minutes after each meal. That’s not always realistic, so twice a day and especially after eating sugary foods and at bedtime.  Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably at bedtime.  Children should be assisted with brushing and flossing at least until they are 9 years old.

Can cavities be prevented for my child?

Tooth decay happens when bacteria attack your child’s teeth. Plaque and tartar build-up is the problem when sugar is consumed. Routine brushing and flossing help remove the plaque and sugar from your child’s teeth.  Fluoride toothpaste can be started at age 1 which will strengthen enamel against acidic attack.

When are braces necessary for my child?

Orthodontic treatment is typically used to straighten and move your child’s permanent teeth into a healthy position. Age 12 is common for beginning orthodontics. Your child’s tooth development condition helps determine the need for braces or aligners.

What should I do if my child’s tooth is damaged or knocked-out?

If your child’s “baby” tooth is dislodged apply pressure to the socket and call our dental office. A lost permanent tooth should always be gently rinsed and reinserted ASAP.  If that is not possible, then the tooth should be located, gently handled, placed in milk or saline solution and delivered to our dental office. Contact us immediately for necessary instructions to preserve the tooth.

If Your Child Needs a Dental Filling

Dental fillings are designed to fill cavities and prevent further decay. Your child’s filling is crafted for strength and to handle daily function.

A dental examination is necessary to identify the presence of cavities. Safe, digital x-ray technology is used to pinpoint the areas of decay that are causing your child’s cavity.

A dental filling will be placed within their tooth. The procedure is fast and pain-free when using a local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide, laughing gas, is commonly used for children to provide a relaxing visit.

When a Dental Crown is Best for Your Child

Sometimes a dental filling cannot provide enough tooth coverage to treat your child’s cavity. A dental crown can be placed to provide a strong, new tooth structure.

A children’s dental crown restores your child’s tooth function and their tooth’s appearance. Their crown can also prevent further tooth damage and help with bite alignment.

Children’s Oral Surgery can Improve Their Health and Treatment Experience

Like your adult teeth and gums, your child’s can often require repair and restoration beyond standard treatment. Pediatric oral surgery follows an evaluation of your child’s dental condition.

Children’s oral surgery can be provided for:

  • Tooth Extractions
  • Dental injuries and dental trauma
  • A frenectomy
  • Cleft lip and cleft palate
  • And more…

Sedation is provided for each procedure. Often the use of sedation during an oral surgery procedure gives your child the best option for your child to receive necessary dental treatment.

Keep Your Child’s Teeth in a Healthy Position with Space Maintainers

Baby teeth are designed to stay in place unless they are “pushed” out of position by an emerging permanent tooth. Your child’s baby teeth can fall out too early causing problems for their developing, new teeth.

Treatment with a space maintainer solves the issues associated with early tooth loss. The oral device creates a necessary room in their mouth (between their teeth) allowing their permanent (adult) teeth to emerge properly.