Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Valle Smiles

Dentistry located in Fairfield, CA

At Valle Smiles, the dedicated team of skilled dental providers knows that children need a calm, cheerful, and comfortable environment for their pediatric dentistry care, and that’s exactly what the team sets out to provide in Fairfield, California. Children of all ages are welcome, so set your child’s appointment with the online scheduler or call the office today.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

When does my baby need to see the dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child for their first dental visit when their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. Most children need to see the dentist every six months, but kids with serious oral health problems may need more frequent visits. 

Starting dental checkups early, and staying consistent with checkups and cleanings as your youngster grows, is the best thing you can do for their oral health. 

What does the first pediatric dentistry visit include?

Your child’s first visit to Valle Smiles focuses mainly on helping you start the right oral hygiene routines for your child. The team also discusses how diet can affect teeth and gums, and how habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can affect your child’s mouth as they grow up. 

Why are baby teeth important?

Even though your child loses their baby teeth eventually, it’s vital to keep those teeth healthy until the adult teeth are ready to come in. Your child’s baby teeth help them chew properly, and allow for normal speech patterns. 

Baby teeth also help create the path that adult teeth follow when they grow in. Losing a baby tooth too soon can cause movement in the other teeth, leading to alignment issues and possibly interfering with adult tooth eruption. That’s why it’s so important to keep baby teeth intact, even when they’re decayed. 

If your child has internal decay in a baby tooth, the Valle Smiles team may recommend a type of root canal for baby teeth. These procedures, called apexogenesis and apexification, can keep your child’s baby tooth intact and healthy.

What can I do if my child is scared of the dentist?

If your child is scared or nervous about seeing the dentist, never fear: The Valle Smiles team is highly experienced with all types of pediatric dentistry, including sedation dentistry. The dedicated team makes the extra effort to help your child feel relaxed, and if your child needs some extra help, they can have safe and effective sedation like nitrous oxide during dental procedures. 

Valle Smiles makes pediatric dentistry comfortable for both children and their parents. Call the office or use online scheduling to set up your child’s appointment up now.