Twenty percent of children between the ages of 5-19 years have untreated dental cavities. However, nearly 85% of kids ages 2-17 have seen a dentist in the past year. If it's time for your child to see a pediatric dentist, call or make an appointment online at the Granada Hills Dental Group in Granada Hills, California.
Pediatric Dentist Q & A
Granada Hills Dental Group
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry provides comprehensive oral health care to those between the ages of 0-17 that includes:
- Infant oral health exams
- Preventive dental care
- Habit counseling
- Early assessment and treatment for teeth straightening
- Fix cavities and defects
- Diagnosing oral conditions related to chronic health conditions
- Management of gum diseases and periodontal disease
- Treat injuries like fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth
Why is pediatric dentistry necessary?
Children aren’t just small adults; patience and cooperation aren’t guaranteed from children during a dental exam. So, a special approach is needed.
Dr. Rafie and Dr. Khoshbin focus on how best to treat children and can examine them in ways that make them feel comfortable. That includes using specially designed equipment for smaller, younger mouths.
Plus, national studies that show that more than a quarter of children get at least one cavity by the age of four. To prevent early childhood cavities, you need to determine your child's risk of developing them and learn how to manage their diet, hygiene, and fluoride. Only a dentist can do that for you.
When should your child see a dentist?
Your child should see Dr. Rafie or DR. Khoshbin when their first tooth appears and no later than age one.
After your child’s first visit, the pediatric dentist suggests a schedule of follow-up visits based on your child’s needs and risks. As they grow, Dr. Rafie and Dr. Khoshbin help you both learn the best ways to prevent common oral problems.
How do you prepare for your child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist?
In order to make your child’s first visit less stressful, make sure you bring toys, snacks, and extra diapers. You should also prepare a list of questions to ask the dentist (sitting down with your child to do this once they’re old enough is also a great idea).
Bringing along another adult helps you talk freely with the dentist without worrying about a fussy baby.
If it’s time for your child to see a pediatric dentist, call or make an appointment online at the Granada Hills Dental Group.