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Pediatric Dentistry Claremont CA

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 and non-invasive general dentistry. This will help to minimize the need for costly restorative treatments in the future, 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.

pediatric dentistry for children in Claremont California

The common pediatric dental services that you might find at our dental office include the following:

Caring For Your Child’s Smile

Pediatric tooth decay is a childhood health epidemic. Higher rates of childhood cavities tend to lead to poor oral health throughout life. This is why setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles begins at birth. The most important thing you can do for your child’s mouth is to visit the dentist regularly; every six months or as recommended by your child’s dentist. Here are simple steps that you can take to ensure your child has healthy teeth for years to come.

First, feeding your child a healthy well-balanced diet that is low in sugar and processed foods is key to 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. Choose tooth-friendly snacks and drinks by replacing sugary snacks and drinks with healthy fruits and vegetables.

Second, protect your child’s teeth suing dental sealants. Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of childhood tooth decay. Our dentist can apply sealants during your child’s routine checkup. The process is quick, painless, and can reduce instances of cavities by up to 80%! The dental sealant process is simple. Your child’s dentist will essentially paint the sealant on the surface of the teeth and on the crown of each molar. Then, our dentist will dry the gel using a special light to create a shield that will keep bacteria from building up in hard to brush areas.

Finally, practice good at-home oral hygiene. Establish a daily oral hygiene routine and teach your child about brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Teaching your child the importance of oral hygiene and how to brush and floss properly will help them develop healthy habits. It will also help you monitor oral habits such as thumb sucking and pacifier use, which can cause misalignment of baby teeth.

Talk to your dentist about ways to keep your baby’s gums clean, how to avoid bottle tooth decay, and about the right time to start brushing. Our dental care team focuses our pediatric dentistry and 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 in Claremont

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 environment. Laser dental fillings reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with visiting.

Laser dentistry is virtually pain-free. Fillings done with the laser 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 as well. We are able to complete a treatment in less time than it takes to place 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 at around age 1, or 6 months after the eruption of their first tooth. Regular cleanings and check-ups should then occur every 6 months after that.

Why are baby teeth important?

Neglecting the health of the primary 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, 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 do I prepare my 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 is 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.