Pediatric Dentistry Palmdale & Lancaster, CA

Childhood dental habits establish the foundation for oral health during adulthood. By training children about proper hygienic habits at an early age, parents and caregivers can set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Pediatric dental care services include preventive techniques such as teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants and dietary counseling.

We can also provide orthodontic services such as braces and palatal expansion for children. Additionally, some pediatric dentists may also offer sedation services or treatments specifically for children with special needs.

Dr. Karim Naguib and his professional dental team offer pediatric dental services to families in Palmdale and Lancaster, CA as part of our general dentistry offerings.

Pediatric Dentistry in Palmdale, CA

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry includes examinations, preventive treatments, restorative treatments, crowns, extractions, sedation services, space maintainers, and other dental treatments for infants, children, teens, and special-needs patients up to age 18. Pediatric dentists monitor the growth of children’s teeth and jaws. They can provide general dental care and monitoring, and provide orthodontics to children with malocclusion.

Children typically 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; once every six months. This gives dentists the ability to examine and clean your child’s teeth regularly and monitor their oral health as they age. Because of this relationship, the dentist will be able to catch early signs of any 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. Prior to their first appointment, parents should speak with children openly about the appointment and answer any questions a child may have about the experience.

Although baby teeth will eventually fall out they are still susceptible to decay. Our dentists will inspect baby teeth for cavities and signs of decay and ensure that they are coming in normally. Parents are also instructed on proper home dental care and advised of day-to-day habits that could cause early decay.

Even before the teeth erupt in a child’s mouth, the gums should be gently washed each day. Teeth may initially be cleansed using water, rather than toothpaste. As the child gets older, it is safe to begin using children’s toothpaste.

Preventing Dental Anxiety

Introducing children to the dentist earlier in life can help prevent them from developing dental anxiety in the future. Many patients that have dental anxiety experience this because of a bad experience at the dentist office in the past.

Every member of our dental care team works to make your child as comfortable as possible. We want them to only have good memories when they’re in our office.

We make scheduling convenient for families. Your child can come into your exam room and see you getting your dental treatment. You can also sit in with your child while they’re getting theirs. This helps them to be more comfortable and realize that the dentist isn’t something that they need to be afraid of.

Tooth Decay Treatment

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

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

Dental sealants may be suggested for your child as an extra layer of protection against tooth decay. They’re painted onto the molars, in the grooves and cusps where tooth decay often occurs. This protection lasts for years and makes it more difficult for tooth decay to penetrate 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 comprehensive dental care for children in the Palmdale and Lancaster communities.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

When should my child start using fluoride toothpaste?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA), you can let your child use fluoride toothpaste when their first tooth erupts. At this stage, use only a minimal amount, about the size of a grain of rice. Excessive ingestion of fluoride can lead to fluorosis, which causes white spots or lines on permanent teeth. To prevent this, encourage your child to spit out the excess paste after brushing and teach them proper brushing techniques.

What are the most common dental procedures in pediatrics?

The most common procedures in pediatric dentistry include dental crowns, tooth extractions, dental fillings, dental cleanings, fluoride treatment, X-rays, and orthodontics. It is very common to undergo any of these procedures in the early childhood years.

Why is pediatric dentistry important?

Pediatric dentistry is important for a variety of reasons. It is important to start bringing children in for general visits as soon as their teeth start to show. Proper dental care is essential for a child’s overall health and well-being. Early and ongoing dental care helps prevent cavities and other dental issues, developing good dental habits, and even sets the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Pediatric dentists are specially trained to address the unique needs of small children, ensuring that your child receives the best treatment possible. They diagnose any issues that they may encounter throughout their oral health journey. Keeping a bi-yearly dental exam routine will help prevent children from developing dental anxiety as well.

Schedule a dental exam today! Visit us for all of your dental care needs. Call our dentists in Lancaster, CA at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online. Call our dentists in Palmdale, CA at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale dentist office online.