Pediatric Dentistry in San Diego: Importance of a Child’s Dentist
When you bring your child to see Dr. Job for the first time, you will gain a wealth of information in helping your child’s teeth stay healthy. We use a combination of patient education and preventive tips so that you can have the appropriate tools to keep your child’s teeth healthy.
No Secrets – No Fears
Here at All Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we understand your child’s potential fears and also understand that they have unique needs. Our highly trained staff will make certain that these needs are met, and that your child also understands the importance of his or her oral health.
As parents, you can also help with this by avoiding expressing any personal fears you may have of dentists to your children. Children love new things and new experiences, but they fear the unknown. By discussing dentistry as a means of keeping their teeth well, we will be able to make their first dental visit to a pediatric dentist here in San Diego a novel and exciting experience.
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends that your child should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is essential that your child’s first teeth (that come from 6-12 months) develop appropriately. Since they are so young, they are also less likely to develop a phobia about dentistry, especially since we are so patient and caring.
Oral hygiene is very important. Every pediatric dentist in San Diego will tell you that oral hygiene starts as before the baby teeth erupt. Children who get into the habit of having their teeth cleaned from an early age, and are encouraged to brush and floss their own teeth when old enough, go on to develop great habits of oral hygiene when adults.
You should be looking for any discoloration or staining on their teeth that might indicate decay. This may be caused by frequent snacking on things like chips, cookies, and drinking juices.
You can make brushing a fun game with them, using a soft bristle brush as soon as their first tooth arrives.
At All Smiles Pediatric Dentistry we prefer to practice preventive pediatric dentistry, which means fewer fillings by following our dietary guidelines.
If sugars are left around your child’s teeth after a meal, or even a drink, these sugars can be converted by certain bacteria into an acid. This acid can attack the tooth enamel and form holes that require filling. Most kids eat and drink too much sugary candies and drinks, which is why so many develop dental caries at a young age.
This is why regular brushing is so important. You should also bring your children for a dental checkup every six months, so we can make sure that their teeth are in good condition. If we catch decay early, we can often prevent the tooth having to be filled, or even lost. We may seal grooves in your children’s teeth to protect them from further attack.
We offer pediatric dentistry in San Diego, covering Serra Mesa, Linda Vista, Clairemont, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, Mission Valley, University City, North Park, and Kearny Mesa.