Pediatric DentistryOur pediatric dentist in Glendale specializes in administering a comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care treatment for children. He is also educated in the techniques required to ease a child’s fear and stress that occurs as the result of a dental visit. Our dentist is responsible for the oral health of children including cleaning, preventive methods and treating tooth decay.
Baby teeth need to be cleaned as soon as they appear in the mouth with a soft washcloth or gauze following each meal. The dentist may instruct the parent to use a child-sized toothbrush soaked in warm water, or with a pea-sized drop of toothpaste, after several teeth erupt in the mouth. The toothpaste you use until the child is six months of age, should not contain fluoride. A child’s first appointment with our Glendale dentist should occur by age one. Subsequent visits should be once every six months. The dentist may apply sealants, material that protects a tooth from decay, on the child’s teeth as soon as they emerge. Fluoride used for children need to be balanced, so the dentist will recommend the proper amount of fluoride to improve a tooth’s defense against decay without causing fluorosis. Fluorosis is the application of too much fluoride to a child’s teeth, which can lead to brown spots and cracks in the teeth, depending on the severity of the condition.
As soon as your kids start teething, take them to our Glendale pediatric dentist for monitoring their progress and preventing disease from damaging their teeth.
Glendale Pediatric Dentist
Our Glendale pediatric dentist puts a great emphasis on the prevention of tooth decay in children. Preventive methods include brushing the child’s teeth, gums and tongue twice a day, flossing the teeth regularly and maintaining a proper diet. When tooth decay does occur, our dentist in Glendale may employ techniques similar to treating cavities in an adult. Treating tooth decay and cavities in children is a process determined by factors such as the child’s age, medical history and extent of the disease. The treatment usually involves removal of the decay and adding a filling to fill in the empty space. The filling may be in the form of a dental amalgam, also known as a silver filling, or a composite resin, known as a white filling. The dentist may also employ the use of porcelain veneers, crowns or cast gold restorations in treating tooth decay or cavities.
For more information on how to provide proper dental and oral care for your kids contact our pediatric dentist in Glendale. Having regular checkups for your kids is also essential.