At PhD Dental, we offer comprehensive, personalized care to family members of all ages, from babies to grandparents. But we admit to having a special place in our hearts for our youngest patients! The care we provide for them now sets the stage for a future of happy, healthy smiles, and our team is honored to be a part of it.
If you’re looking for a children’s dentist in LA, Inglewood, Lynnwood, or Pico Rivera, please call us so we can arrange a dental appointment!
The Important Role Baby Teeth Play
Parents are often surprised to hear that we see children as young as just a few months old. Since primary (baby) teeth fall out anyway, it’s easy to make the mistake that they’re not that important. The truth is that we need to protect baby teeth from coming out too soon to avoid problems that put their future oral health at risk.
Baby teeth play a crucial role; they help your child chew their first solid foods and speak clearly. They also hold a space open for permanent teeth that will soon follow.
Without proper care, baby teeth can get cavities, and your child can even develop a gum infection. A baby tooth that’s lost too soon for these reasons can affect the health and spacing of permanent teeth that may eventually require orthodontics to fix.
Your Child’s First Visit
We recommend that they have their first visit as soon as their first baby tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday. It’s important to monitor your child's oral health from an early age, but we typically use these initial visits to help them get used to the experience of being at the dentist.
It’s a lot for a very young child to take in – new faces, lots of strange-looking equipment, and an unfamiliar environment. We always let kids dictate the pace of their treatment because we don’t want them to get the idea that visiting the dentist is stressful.
We Make Dentistry Fun for Kids
When you bring your child to PhD Dental for the first time, our team will do whatever we can to put him or her at ease and ensure that they're comfortable with us. We’ll start by counting their teeth, letting them look in the little mirror, and giving them a ride in the chair. If they allow us, we’ll do a children's dental exam; if not, we’ll provide them with a toothbrush to hold.
Using this approach builds their confidence a little more each time they visit. When we know your child feels safe and secure with us, we’ll perform an exam and clean his or her teeth.
These early visits are also the perfect time for you to ask questions about childhood dental issues like nutrition, correct oral hygiene, bottle feeding, and habits like thumb-sucking and the use of pacifiers.
As Your Child Grows
As your child grows, we’ll be there every step of the way to provide preventive services like dental exams and cleanings that they need for a healthy smile. We’ll also let you know if we think they would benefit from dental sealants or fluoride applications to further protect and strengthen their teeth.
If we determine that your child needs braces, you’ll be pleased to know that we have orthodontists on staff to provide the high-quality dental treatment kids need here in one familiar location with dentists and hygienists they know and trust.
Please Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
If you have questions or would like to schedule your child’s first dental visit, please call our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera dental offices to arrange an appointment. We accept Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and most PPO insurances and also offer financing options for your convenience.
We look forward to welcoming you and your little one to our family-friendly dental practice!