Children’s Dentistry – Anaheim, CA
Giving Developing Smiles a Chance to Thrive
There’s nothing better than having your child smile back at you. No matter the stage of their oral development, it’s important that their pearly whites and soft oral tissues get the attention and care they deserve. At Anaheim Dental & Orthodontics, we are pleased to have a pediatric dentist on staff who can provide effective treatments and careful monitoring to ensure the health and future of your child’s smile. If your child needs a six-month dental checkup or help to reduce the risk of decay, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Why Choose Anaheim Dental & Orthodontics for Children’s Dentistry?
- Pediatric Dentist on Staff
- Treats Infants, Toddlers, Children, Teenagers, and Special Needs Patients
- Safe Digital X-rays for Enhanced Imaging
Your child’s molars and premolars bear the brunt of wear and tear. Because these are chewing teeth, they contain many pits and grooves, making it easy for bacteria and food particles to become trapped. If not cleaned properly (or regularly), cavities can begin to form. However, with dental sealants, we can paint a protective coating over the chewing surfaces, creating a barrier against harmful bacteria. With proper care, these coverings can remain in place for up to a decade, keeping teeth safe from decay.
Young smiles are vulnerable to cavities because of novice brushing and flossing skills and unhealthy eating habits. If you believe your child might benefit from a little added protection, ask us about fluoride treatments. This painless process can be completed during a regular dental checkup and takes only minutes. With fluoride protection, your child’s teeth will remain stronger while combatting decay for a healthier smile.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
If a cavity has already formed, you may wonder if a filling is the next step. However, in many cases, we can treat them with silver diamine fluoride. Not only does its application help to combat any new decay, but it also kills existing bacteria and prevents its spreading. This can be a great option for children with cavities who may not need a complete filling yet.
Special Needs Children’s Dentistry
At Anaheim Dental & Orthodontics, our team understands that some children require special attention. If you have a child with behavioral, physical, emotional, or developmental needs, let us know so that we can provide the necessary accommodations for a positive and successful appointment. Our team is trained to deliver a gentle, friendly, and compassionate approach to all patients and will take the time to care for your little one when they arrive for treatment.
Frenectomies/Lip & Tongue-Tie
Lip- and tongue-ties are restricted bands of tissue (frenulum) located behind the upper lip and underneath the tongue. Preventing an optimal range of lip and/or tongue movement, many patients can experience difficulties eating, speaking, and even breathing. Depending on the severity, we will likely recommend a frenectomy, which requires releasing the banded tissues for a greater range of motion. You can entrust that no matter their age, we will take the appropriate steps to keep them safe and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Thumb-sucking and pacifiers are common among babies and toddlers; however, if these non-nutritive habits are allowed to continue into childhood, it increases the risk of negative oral development and a possible need for orthodontics later in life. Our team will be happy to discuss effective ways to minimize these practices so that your little one reaps the benefits of a healthier, more fully functional smile.
An infection or serious damage can leave your child with serious tooth pain. Should the injury or decay reach the inner layer of their tooth (the pulp), not only will it cause immense discomfort, but it can also put their tooth at risk of survival. This is why we recommend pulp therapy. Similar to a root canal for an adult, our team of experts will remove the damaged pulp and fill in the tooth to create a healthier structure. If necessary, we will have a customized dental crown created and placed over the tooth to ensure it remains protected while it strengthens over time.
Sedation Dentistry for Kids
We know the dentist’s office can be a scary place for some children. At Anaheim Dental & Orthodontics, we want to change the way young smiles view visiting the dentist, which is why we offer sedation dentistry. Based on your child’s medical history and severity of anxiety, we will recommend the appropriate method of sedation for your little one. This will help to keep them calm and relaxed throughout their visit as well as allow our team to provide the dental care your child needs.