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Pediatric Dentistry

Fuller Smiles

Dental Clinics located in Culver City, Rancho Cucamonga, and Long Beach CA

The dentist can be intimidating for anyone, but it can be especially upsetting for children. A compassionate, welcoming dentist committed to the unique needs of patients under age 18 can make all the difference in giving your child a positive, healthy outlook on their dental care that lasts a lifetime. For more information on pediatric dentistry, call Fuller Smiles today and make an appointment at their office in Long Beach, Culver City, or Rancho Cucamonga, California, or schedule online.

Pediatric Dentistry

What is pediatric dentistry?

A pediatric dentist specializes in the unique dental needs of infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and teenagers. At Fuller Smiles, pediatric dentistry is provided for children ages one through 18. Your mouth is constantly changing, shifting, and growing during this phase of life, and the Fuller Smiles approach guarantees support for this growth and development and emphasizes teaching good oral health habits from a young age.

Why is it important for a child to see a pediatric dentist?

Education and preventive care are huge components of pediatric dental visits, with both parent and child receiving valuable information on preventing cavities, protecting enamel, and supporting healthy gums.

Pediatric dental appointments are also important for ensuring proper development of primary, or baby teeth. Baby teeth are important for both speech and eating but also serve a vital function as guides for the position of permanent teeth.

Decayed or misaligned primary teeth can lead to much bigger problems later in life, so it’s extremely important to get a good start on your child’s dental health.

When should my child see a pediatric dentist?

You should start taking your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth begins coming in, which should be before their first birthday. If they reach their first birthday without any teeth erupting, schedule an appointment at Fuller Smiles.

Anyone under age 18 can benefit from seeing a pediatric dentist, but there might be a reason to see a dentist more often, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Unusual growth patterns
  • Heightened risk of tooth decay

In addition to the educational and preventive benefits, regular dental cleanings can prevent tooth decay and gum irritation.

Regular cleanings at Fuller Smiles with a pediatric dentist can enforce good oral health habits, and in the long run can save your child from any number of uncomfortable, invasive, or expensive dental procedures. Fuller Smiles is committed to creating a safe, welcoming environment for children to receive top-quality dental care, with access to the latest available technology and a number of sedation options for those suffering from dental anxiety.

To learn more about pediatric dentistry and what it can offer your child, call Fuller Smiles today, or make an appointment online.