Pediatric Dentistry at Sierra Dental Health: Keeping Your Children Healthy
As a parent, few things are more important than your child’s health, and quality dental care is an important part of keeping your children healthy. It’s critical that your child visits a pediatric dentist regularly, so you can help prevent any dental problems that may occur at a young age. At Sierra Dental Health in Fontana, CA, our expert team is trained in pediatric dental care, and we ensure your children are comfortable and receive quality care throughout their time at our office.
When Should my Child Visit a Pediatric Dentist?
Depending on which milestone comes first, your child should visit the dentist when they get their first tooth or around their first birthday. Historically, doctors would recommend that your child visit the dentist at age three.
However, we now know that baby bottle tooth decay and cavities can occur in children long before they turn three. If your child doesn’t already have a pediatric dentist, it’s important that you make an appointment with us. During your visit with us, we’ll ensure that your children’s teeth receive a thorough cleaning and we’ll check for any signs of decay. If we notice decay, we’ll go over a treatment plan for treating your child’s teeth.
Why is Pediatric Dental Care Important?
If a child’s teeth start decaying, it can cause the child pain or result in an infection. In addition, if their teeth become severely decayed, they may need to be removed. Some people may think baby teeth are unimportant, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth, and they’re necessary for chewing, speaking, and smiling. Furthermore, infected or lost baby teeth can cause a child to develop speech problems, poor eating habits, crooked teeth, and even damaged adult teeth. Plus, if a child has infected or lost baby teeth, it increases the odds that a child will have crooked adult teeth.
How do I Prepare for my Child’s First Visit to Sierra Dental Health?
At Sierra Dental Health, we understand that your child may be nervous or scared when they visit the dentist for the first time. In preparation for your visit, you can present the appointment as a fun activity. You can tell your children that we’ll be counting, brushing, and even taking pictures of their teeth. This gives them an idea of what to expect.
However, you should refrain from using words with a negative connotation like hurt, pull, shot, or drill. This will help keep them from forming a negative perception of the dentist.
Our staff is trained in pediatric care and knows how to make your children feel comfortable during their visit. We use top of the line pediatric dental equipment when working with your children, so you can be confident that they’re in good hands. Our staff is extremely friendly, and we make the experience as fun as possible for your children. Additionally, we know that it can be difficult to keep your children entertained while waiting, so we work quickly to see you for your appointment as soon as you check in.
If you don’t yet have a pediatric dentist for your children, it’s important that you make an appointment with us. You can give us a call or make an appointment online today, and we look forward to meeting you and your family.