Ensuring the health of a child’s teeth is one of the most important things you can do for them. By teaching a young person that dental care is important, you are setting them up for success later in life and are ensuring that they will have a healthy, happy smile once they become an adult. At the office of Ghina Morad, DDS, we believe that providing pediatric dentistry in San Carlos, California, is an educational experience for both children and parents.
To ensure that a child is seeing the dentist at the right time, we recommend that their first appointment be within six months of the emergence of their first tooth, or by their first birthday. By starting your child’s dental care at this early stage, we will be better able to assess their habits and health to develop a successful treatment plan for their early years.
We also see our early appointments as an opportunity to help you, the parent, learn about caring for your child’s teeth. By sharing tips on tooth care, pacifier and thumb sucking habits, healthy diet, and other elements of oral health, we can help you raise a child with a smile you’ll be proud of.
We offer a variety of care options and appliances for your children and their various needs.
The most common area for children to get decay in is the permanent molars. Food and bacteria get trapped in the grooves of the molars. Applying sealants is very simple. The teeth are first cleaned. Then, a solution is placed on the tooth to help the sealant adhere. Next, white or tooth-colored material is brushed on to fill the grooves of the molars. The procedure is easy as there is no numbing or drilling.
Thumb Inhibiting Appliance
When a child cannot stop sucking their thumb or finger by age 5, a thumb-inhibiting appliance can be used. Excessive thumb/finger sucking after age 5 can result in protruding upper front teeth, which may require braces at a later date. We can place a simple device that will inhibit thumb sucking, ensuring that costly, time-consuming care is prevented.
When a tooth is lost early from an accident or injury, the teeth may move into the space, which results in an irregular bite. A space maintainer is needed to hold the space for the permanent tooth to come in properly after a baby tooth is lost early. These devices are simple to place and will preserve your child’s mouth for the future.
If you have any questions about your kid’s dental health or would like to make an appointment, call us today at 650-592-6396 or contact us by using our online form.