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When To Schedule Your Child’s Dental Visits | San Dimas CA

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Just because your child’s baby teeth will eventually drop out in a few years does not mean that they require less care compared to permanent teeth. In fact, primary teeth give your child a great opportunity to start practicing good oral hygiene to help ensure that the permanent teeth last a lifetime. Scheduling your child’s dental visits helps ensure that your child’s baby teeth stay healthy and disease free while holding the space for the permanent teeth to erupt in optimal health.

To help your child’s teeth stay healthy, you should schedule consultations with your kid’s dentist at least twice a year for routine and preventive dental visits and treatments. These appointments can be for routine checkups to ensure that the teeth and gums are healthy and developing properly, for professional teeth cleaning to prevent the buildup of bacteria in the mouth, or for treating problems that arise with the teeth and soft tissues.

Planning Your Child’s Dental Appointment

Parents have an obligation to improve the likelihood that going to the dentist will be a positive experience for their child. To do this, you should ask your kid’s dentist to inform you about what procedures to expect during each visit so you can start preparing your child at home.

Pediatric dentists recommend that children schedule regular visits, typically every six months after the first visit, though the actual interval may vary depending on your child’s susceptibility to oral health issues. These regular checkups are intended to deliver basic preventive oral services such as cleanings and X-rays.

If the dentist detects any problems during a routine checkup, or if your child has a dental emergency, your pediatric dentist will help you design an appropriate treatment plan that takes into consideration your child’s specific needs, including anxiety and reaction to treatment.

Some treatments can be completed in a single appointment while others may require several visits. And for difficult treatments, the dentist may recommend sedation dentistry to make the procedure more comfortable for the child.

Final Note

If you haven’t scheduled your child’s dental visit already, make sure to do so before his/her first birthday. While the visits help to remove bacteria that may cause gum disease, cavities, and other oral problems, they should be a fun adventure for your child that yields some kind of tooth-friendly reward.

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4 Reasons to Visit a Kid’s Dentist in San Dimas CA

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For a lifetime of a dazzling smile and healthy teeth and gums, it’s only natural that you commit yourself to a lifetime of personal and professional dental care. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association agree that children should visit a kid’s dentist for the first time by the age of one year.

This is important for several reasons, including:

  • The continued oral health of your children as they grow. Children tend to be apprehensive about new situations, so it’s important that they feel safe and comfortable when visiting the dentist for the first few visits. Starting pediatric dental visits early helps your child to develop familiarity with the environment, which in turn improve
  • Primary teeth are highly susceptible to plaque and tooth decay. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist early in life helps to take the necessary preventive action to prevent problems from ever developing. Otherwise, it increases the chances of the dentist detecting the early stages of any developing dental concerns.
  • Your kid’s dentist can recommend preventative approaches such as sealants or fluoride supplements to protect teeth that are at greater risk of decay. Starting from the age of 7 or 8 years, the dentist may also be able to detect early signs of orthodontic issues, such as bite problems or crooked teeth for timely intervention, which can help to reduce the total cost of orthodontic treatment.
  • During your kid’s dental visits, parents get the opportunity to learn about any concerns that the dentist may have about your child’s oral health, and help to implement any ideas and recommendations to help them take better care of their gums and teeth at home and get rid of bad habits such as thumb sucking or nail biting.

Ensuring that your child starts off the right way with oral care can have a huge impact on their future dental health. So enforcing regular dental visits for your toddler can help set the pace for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. 

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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for My Child? | San Dimas CA

Often children are afraid to visit the dentist. Dr. Mirez understands the importance of having a calm dental visit to help your child have the best experience possible. The use of sedation dentistry may be recommended to ensure your child’s safety and comfort during dental procedures. Sedation is a compassionate way to help reduce anxiety and/or discomfort associated with dental treatments. It also helps to increase your child’s cooperation.

Possible Sedation Dentistry Options include:

1. Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

2. Oral conscious sedation

Dr. Corina Ramirez provides oral conscious sedation for children and teenagers, which can help them get through more invasive procedures, such as tooth extraction and filling cavities. With conscious sedation, your child will feel completely calm and relaxed. He/she will be able to breathe normally without the use of any aids, and also respond to specific stimuli.

Different levels of sedation can be achieved with oral conscious sedation, including minimal and moderate suppression, where the child will be able to remember the events of the procedure, as well as deep suppression of consciousness, where the child has no recollection of the procedure.

3. General Anesthesia

Dr. Corina also provides general anesthesia, which is the exact opposite of conscious sedation as the patient will be unconscious during the treatment. This is done together with an anesthesiologist. It is recommended for very young children, apprehensive children, and children with special needs. The sedation causes your child to fall completely asleep. When they awake, the procedure will be complete.

To find out if sedation dentistry is best for your child, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at 909.305.0642.

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