Santa Clarita Pediatric Dentistry
If you want to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy, it’s important to invest in routine pediatric dentistry appointments. Regular checkups can alert you to potentially serious issues, provide education, and ensure a beautiful smile. At Skyline Smiles in Santa Clarita, California, board-certified pediatric dentist Harleen Grewal, DDS, and the teamwork with children and teens of all ages.
Pediatric Dentistry Q & A
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that works to prevent, diagnose, and treat oral health problems in children. Pediatric dentists have special training that allows them to provide comprehensive care for both primary (baby) and permanent teeth.
In addition, pediatric dentistry provides educational information. Taking your child to the dentist at an early age is a great way to establish good oral hygiene for life.
What services are included in pediatric dentistry?
Skyline Smiles provides a wide variety of pediatric dentistry services, including:
An oral exam is a routine screening used to check in on your child’s oral health. During an exam, Skyline Smiles uses a small, handheld mirror to closely observe your child’s gums, teeth, tongue, and lips. If they detect any problems, like cavities or gum disease, they can order X-rays and develop a custom care plan.
Professional teeth cleaning
Even if your child brushes and flosses daily, professional teeth cleanings are still important. During a teeth cleaning, your child’s dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from under their gums and the surfaces of their teeth, polishes their teeth with gritty toothpaste, and flosses their teeth. If necessary, they can also administer fluoride treatment to lower the risk of cavities.
Oral X-rays are a diagnostic imaging technique used to provide detailed pictures of your child’s jaws, tooth roots, and alveolar bone. X-rays can detect cavities and impacted teeth, and help guide orthodontic treatment and oral surgery.
If your child has a history of cavities, they might benefit from dental sealants. Sealants are thin, protective coatings that prevent tooth decay. Skyline Smiles applies sealants to your child’s teeth during a quick outpatient procedure.
If your child has a misaligned jaw or crowded and crooked teeth, consider orthodontics. Orthodontics uses appliances like braces, retainers, and palatal expanders to safely align your child’s smile.
If your child develops a deep cavity or severely damages a tooth, pediatric crowns can prevent further complications while restoring your child’s ability to bite and chew. By preserving a child’s baby teeth, it’s possible to prevent more serious oral health problems later on.
At What Age Should My Child First Visit The Dentist?
It is important that your child have their first dental visit at 12 month of age, or within 6 months of their first tooth showing. The professionals at Skyline Smiles will provide you with information regarding dental care and future appointments.
How often should I schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment?
Skyline Smiles recommends you schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment for your child every six months. This applies even if your child’s teeth and gums appear relatively healthy.
Gum disease and cavities don’t always have obvious side effects. Regular checkups can detect these and other problems when they respond best to treatment.
Don’t wait to make an appointment for your child at Skyline Smiles. Book online or call the office at (661) 228-6077 to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today about Santa Clarita pediatric dentistry.
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