Pediatric Dentistry Palmdale & Lancaster, CA

Childhood dental habits establish the foundation for oral health during adulthood. Parents who train their children about proper hygienic habits early can set them up for a lifetime of good health. Dr. Karim Naguib and his professional dental team offer pediatric dentistry services to Palmdale and Lancaster, CA families. Pediatric care is part of our general dentistry offerings.

Our pediatric dental services include preventive techniques such as teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants, and dietary counseling. We can also provide orthodontic services for children, such as braces and palatal expansion. Some pediatric dentists may also offer sedation services or treatments specifically for children with special needs.

Pediatric Dentistry in Palmdale, CA

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a dental discipline that focuses on dental care for children. We treat children from infants up to 18 years of age. Pediatric dental services can include:

  • Examinations
  • Preventive treatments
  • Restorative treatments
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth extractions
  • Sedation services
  • Space maintainers
  • Other dental treatments for infants, children, teens, and special-needs patients

Our dentists monitor the growth of children’s teeth and jaws. They can provide general dental care to regularly examine and clean your child’s teeth. They can also provide orthodontics to children with a bad bite.

Children may begin seeing a pediatric dentist from the early ages of 6 months to a year. They may continue to see them until they reach their late teenage years.

We recommend that children and toddlers visit the dentist at least twice a year or every six months. This allows dentists to monitor children’s health as they age. This schedule also helps our dentist catch early signs of dental issues before they become major concerns.

Visiting the Dentist for the First Time

A child’s first visit to the dentist should occur after many of the baby teeth have erupted into the gums. Before your child’s first dental visit, speak with them openly about the appointment. Anticipate any questions your child may have about the experience and answer them. Avoid mentioning words like “pain”, “hurt”, “drill”, “needle”, or “shot”. 

When you and your child arrive at our office, we will introduce ourselves and ensure your child feels comfortable. Your child can then sit on your lap for an examination. 

Although baby teeth eventually fall out, they are still prone to decay. Our dentists will inspect baby teeth for cavities and signs of decay and ensure they come in normally. We will also provide instructions on proper home dental care and advise about day-to-day habits that could cause early decay.

You can gently wipe the gums with a clean cloth even before the baby teeth erupt in a child’s mouth. As your child gets older, you can begin using children’s toothpaste. We recommend that your child visit our office every six months. Our office will begin to provide cleanings for children between 12 to 36 months.

How to Prevent Dental Fear

Introducing children to the dentist earlier in life can help prevent them from developing dental anxiety. A bad experience at the dentist’s office in the past is usually the top cause of anxiety.

Every member of our dental care team does their best to make your child as comfortable as possible. Our compassionate team wants your child to have only good memories when they’re in our office. When your child visits our office, we will introduce ourselves and explain what we will do in simple terms. We will also pause as needed.

Our office also makes scheduling convenient for families. Your child can come into your exam room to see you getting treatment, and you can sit in with your child while they get treatment. This helps your child feel more comfortable and realize that the dentist office isn’t a scary place.

You can bring your child’s favorite toy or blanket to our office. If your child is sensitive to noise, they can wear noise-canceling headphones during their cleanings. 

Tooth Decay Treatment

Children who develop tooth decay early on are more likely to experience gum disease and tooth loss later in life. Good oral hygiene and routine dental health exams can help protect your child’s smile from tooth decay. A diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugar can also help improve your child’s oral health.

Our team educates young patients on the benefits of a healthy diet, good oral hygiene, and routine care. We will help them establish and maintain their oral health.

We may suggest dental sealants for your child as an extra protection against tooth decay. A sealant is a barrier we paint onto the molars, in the grooves where tooth decay often occurs. This protection lasts for years and makes it more difficult for tooth decay to enter the tooth and cause cavities.

Premier Dental Care treats dental concerns during all phases of oral development. From routine teeth cleanings to screening for early orthodontic needs. We provide comprehensive dental care for children in the Palmdale and Lancaster communities in Antelope Valley, CA.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

Learn more about dental care for children with answers to these common questions:

When should my child start using fluoride toothpaste?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA), your child can use fluoride toothpaste when their first tooth erupts. At this stage, use only a minimal amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Excessive fluoride can lead to fluorosis, which causes white spots or lines on permanent teeth. While this problem does not affect your dental health, it can change tooth color. To prevent fluorosis, encourage your child to spit out the excess paste after brushing and teach them proper brushing techniques.

What are the most common dental procedures for children?

The most common procedures in pediatrics include tooth extractions, tooth fillings, dental cleanings, fluoride treatment, X-rays, and orthodontics. These treatments keep teeth and gums healthy. Children’s dentistry also focuses on the child’s tooth, gum, and palate development. 

Why is pediatric dentistry essential?

Proper dental care improves a child’s overall health and well-being. We recommend bringing children in for general visits as soon as their teeth begin to show.

Early and ongoing dental care helps prevent cavities and other dental issues. It also helps your child develop good dental habits and sets the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Our pediatric dentist has special training to address the unique needs of small children. We will ensure that your child receives the best treatment possible and diagnose any issues throughout their oral health journey. Keeping a bi-yearly dental exam routine will also help prevent children from fearing the dentist.

Contact Our Office Today

Get routine care for you and your child. Call our dentists in Lancaster, CA, at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a visit to our Lancaster office online. You can also call our dentists in Palmdale, CA, at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale office online.

Please let us know if you have questions about your child’s dental care. We’re here to help.