Your child’s smile lights up your day, keep it bright and healthy with Claremont Dental Institute.
Maintaining your child’s smile is essential for their healthy oral growth and development. Children should begin visiting the dentist as soon as their first tooth emerges or by the age of 1. Our family dentist office offers our patients a unique platform where children are able to maintain a positive relationship with one dental practice throughout their life. Our dentists track the development of growing smiles enabling them to offer proactive treatment plans as dental concerns arise minimizing the need for advanced restorative treatments and in some cases even orthodontics.
At our Claremont, CA family dental practice children can accompany their parents to the dentist office from an early age. Early exposure to the sounds and sights of the dentist can help children become accustomed to the dentist office experience before they need to sit in the chair themselves. Children who start visiting the dentist from a young age often enjoy healthier smiles with lower rates of childhood cavities.
“Nothing is as important as Family, or as special as children. Our entire team is committed to making your child’s dental experience the best possible ” —Dr. Vijay Patel
Caring For Your Child’s Smile
Pediatric tooth decay is considered a childhood health epidemic. Higher rates of childhood cavities tend to lead to poor oral health throughout life. Setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles begins at birth.
Feeding your child a healthy, well-balanced diet low in sugar and practicing at daily at home oral hygiene is key in keeping their teeth and gums healthy. A spike in sugar intake in the American diet is a leading culprit in the rise of childhood tooth decay. Never give your child soda or juice in a bottle and try to limit their intake of sugary beverages altogether.
- Cavity Prevention: Sealants
Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of childhood tooth decay. Sealants can be applied during your child’s routine checkup. The process is quick, painless and can reduce instances of cavities up to 80%. Your child’s dentist will essentially paint the sealant on the surface of the teeth and in the crown of each molar. The gel is dried with a special light creating a shield to keep bacteria from building in hard to brush areas.
Talk to your dentist about ways to keep your baby’s gums clean, avoid bottle tooth decay and about the right time to start brushing. Our dental care team focuses our pediatric dentistry on patient education for both parents and children. We help families improve their oral hygiene routines so that they can enjoy healthy, happy smiles for years to come.
A Better Dentist Office Experience for Children
No drills, no needles, no stress- dental-free fillings improve your child’s dentist office experience.
Children are often very sensitive to loud sounds and new places, making visiting the dentist an unpleasant experience. At our family dental practice, we make every effort to reduce children’s dental anxiety and hope to make visiting the dentist a welcomed biannual event. By incorporating the latest in dental technology, our dentists are creating a better pediatric patient experience.
Claremont Dental Institute uses Solea® laser therapy for drill-free dental fillings. Children enjoy the benefits of more precise, less painful dental care in a comfortable, nurturing the environment. Laser dental fillings reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with visiting.
Laser dentistry is virtually pain-free. Laser fillings often reduce the need for scary needles used for administering local anesthetic.
The laser is quiet and eliminates the need for loud dental drills altogether. Laser fillings are highly precise and are able to be completed in less time than traditional dental fillings, reducing the time your child has to sit still in the dentist chair.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a child’s first dental care visit should be completed by the age of 1, or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.
Why are baby teeth important?
Neglecting the health of the baby teeth can result in infection, cavities, or tooth pain. Healthy baby teeth promote healthy permanent teeth. Healthy and intact baby teeth help with jaw development, comfortable chewing and speaking, and spacing for permanent teeth.
What should I do if my child loses a permanent tooth?
Gently attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket. If you can not temporarily reattach the tooth, put the tooth in milk. Bring your child and the glass to our office. We will evaluate the condition of the tooth and make the most appropriate recommendation for your child’s needs.
How to prepare your child for their first dental visit?
Visiting the dentist for the first time can be frightening for some children. Educating them on the importance of dental care and creating a positive association with the dentist can be beneficial in the long run. During your child’s visit, you can rest assured that we will handle all aspects of their care with compassion, understanding, and positivity. We look forward to helping young patients achieve a healthier smile through personalized, high quality dental care.