PEDIATRIC

Exceptional Pediatric Dentistry at El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness: Caring for Your Child's Smile

At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we are dedicated to providing exceptional dental care for children of all ages. Our experienced dental team, led by Dr. Rika Prodhan-Ashraf, understands the unique needs and concerns of children when it comes to oral health. We strive to create a positive and comfortable environment where children can develop lifelong habits for excellent dental health.

Importance of Pediatric Dentistry: Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents. It plays a crucial role in promoting healthy smiles and preventing dental problems from a young age. Early dental visits, preventive care, and patient education are key components of pediatric dentistry, ensuring that children grow up with strong, healthy teeth and gums.

 

a child having a dental exam at a Pediatric Dentistry
a child having a dental exam at Pediatric Dentistry
a child having a dental check up at a Pediatric Dentistry

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Starting off your children with the right dental habits from a young age is essential to maintaining good oral health into adulthood. Children are never too young to come to the dentist. They are not born with fear of the dentist, but they may fear the unknown. Because of this, it is important for your child to build a positive relationship with dentistry from a young age.

Creating a Positive Dental Experience: We understand that dental visits can be intimidating for children. Our friendly and compassionate team strives to create a warm and welcoming environment where children feel comfortable and at ease. We use child-friendly language, gentle techniques, and a gentle approach to build trust and alleviate any anxiety associated with dental care.

At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we believe that early and positive dental experiences are essential for children’s long-term oral health. We are committed to partnering with parents and caregivers to ensure that children receive the highest quality dental care in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Our Pediatric Dentistry Services:

  1. Comprehensive Dental Examinations: We provide thorough dental examinations for children to monitor their oral health, identify any issues early on, and establish a foundation for long-term dental care.
  2. Preventive Dental Care: Our team emphasizes preventive measures, such as dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants, to protect children’s teeth from decay and maintain optimal oral health.
  3. Patient Education: We believe in the power of education. Our dental team will teach children and their parents about proper oral hygiene techniques, nutrition tips, and habits that promote healthy teeth and gums. We make dental visits interactive, fun, and educational to instill positive oral health habits from an early age.
  4. Early Orthodontic Evaluation: We provide early orthodontic evaluations to identify and address any bite or alignment issues. Early intervention can help prevent more complex orthodontic problems in the future.
  5. Dental Restorations: If your child requires dental restorations, such as fillings or dental crowns, we utilize gentle and child-friendly techniques to ensure their comfort and provide effective treatment.
  6. Emergency Dental Care: We are here to assist in case of dental emergencies. Our team is experienced in handling pediatric dental emergencies promptly and with utmost care.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Don’t delay addressing your dental concerns. Reach out to us today to arrange your same-day dental procedure and enjoy swift, dependable, and comfortable care. Contact us at (916) 933-3011 or drop by our El Dorado Hills office. We’re here to help you attain a healthier, more joyful smile in just one day.

HOW EARLY SHOULD CHILDREN START SEEING THE DENTIST?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist by their first birthday. This will ensure that their newly erupted teeth receive proper care from the very beginning.


However early you choose to start exposing your child to the dentist, it is important for them to have regular cleanings, examinations, and oral habits by the time their permanent adult teeth start coming in. Our team will work with you and your child to create a calm atmosphere and positive experience regardless of how old your child is.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT "BABY TEETH"

Children’s primary, or “baby” teeth can begin emerging as early as 6 months old. However, you may not see signs of teeth emerging until up to 12 months. New teeth will continue coming in until about age three when you should expect your child to have a full set of 20 teeth. During this time of emerging teeth, your child’s gums may feel tender. You may find that teething rings and toys can help with this discomfort. They may even favor a teether toy with a toothbrush. 

Around age 6 is when you can expect the first visit from the tooth fairy. This is when children begin to lose these primary teeth and permanent teeth begin to fill their place. By the time children get their first primary tooth, it is important that they have already built health oral habits and are accustomed to visiting the dentist for consistent cleanings and exams. By the age of 13 you can expect children to have a full set of permanent teeth, with the exception of wisdom teeth which can be expected around age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 when considering wisdom teeth.

MORE THAN JUST TEETH

Routine dental visits as your child grows are important for more than just the health of their teeth. Their dentist will also keep an eye on other factors such as the development of their facial skeleton and their airways. This is crucial in detecting sleep apnea early before it affects their brain.

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