More than 50% of children ages 6-8 have primary teeth cavities. However, establishing dental care early can provide your child with a strong oral health foundation as they age. At Select Dental & Orthodontics in Torrance, California, the expert team of pediatric dentists provides comprehensive cradle-to-college care that starts as early as infancy. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about pediatric dentistry.
Pediatric dentistry is a specialty that focuses exclusively on infants, children, and adolescents. The pediatric dentists at Select Dental & Orthodontics provide long-term care to prevent and treat early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns that commonly affect children.
With an expert team of pediatric specialists, Select Dental & Orthodontics offers a wide range of services for children, including:
An infant oral health exam involves evaluating your baby’s gums and any teeth they may have to identify signs of decay and evaluate their oral development. The team can offer oral hygiene tips and preventive care recommendations to protect your infant’s smile as they age.
A teeth cleaning is a routine preventive treatment that removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). When plaque accumulates on the teeth, it releases toxins that eat away at protective tooth enamel. Removing plaque and tartar every six months can help prevent oral health concerns, such as cavities and gum disease.
Dental sealants are thin protective coatings that the team applies to your child’s chewing surfaces to prevent decay. The team may recommend sealants if your child has certain molars at risk of cavities.
A filling is a restoration that treats cavities. After removing the decayed portion of a tooth, the team rebuilds the empty space with a filling. While traditional metal fillings are durable and long-lasting, tooth-colored fillings are aesthetically appealing. The team can help you choose the right filling for your child.
Preventive care protects your child against decay, gum disease, and enamel erosion. As your child ages, the team offers personalized oral hygiene tips that can prevent disease and reduce the need for restorative treatments, like fillings and crowns.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children see a dentist before their first tooth emerges, typically before they reach age 1. If your infant is at risk of dental concerns, such as baby bottle tooth decay or excessive thumb-sucking, the team may encourage you to bring your baby in for an infant oral health exam.
Call Select Dental & Orthodontics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about pediatric dentistry.