Dental care is a vital part of the overall health of your child. How you take care of the oral health of your children can decide how strong their teeth grow as they enter adolescence. At Anaheim Hills Pediatric Dental, our dentists have years of experience treating pediatric patients from infants to adolescents. We believe in cultivating good habits in children from a young age which will hopefully continue into adulthood.
Pediatric dentistry is the field that is dedicated to dental care of children. According to American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry children should have their first dental visit by the time they are 1 year old or by the time they get their first tooth. There are a number of guidelines which should be followed by parents to keep the child away from tooth decay. Parents should be informed about how to clean the child's teeth and they should be aware of bad practices which can increase the possibility of caries in the young ones.
Our goal is to spread knowledge on healthy diets and healthy practices and focus on preventing dental disease. Introducing a child to check ups and cleanings at a young age can also lessen their fear of dental procedures. Children who visit the pediatric dentist early tend to be more comfortable in the dental environment, making their experience more positive and enjoyable. Early check ups also allow us to help prevent the development of cavities which can occur as early as 1 year old.
Children’s teeth are different than adult teeth just as children are not simply small adults. Dental decay is the most common disease inflicting our children in America. Fortunately, most decay is preventable when early measures are taken.
Children require much more care during treatment. Negative experiences for children can shape their attitudes towards dentistry in adulthood. Our focus in pediatric dentistry is to instill good oral habits and to create a positive attitude about dental treatment for them to carry on into the future.
Dental anxiety in children is not uncommon. Some children require early morning appointments or appointments where the treatment is divided into shorter durations. We will work with your child individually to establish a positive rapport and experience. Feel free to visit our office along with your child prior to their first appointment if needed. We would be delighted to introduce you and your child to the world of pediatric dentistry.
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