A pediatric dentist is a general dentist that has gone to dental school for 2-3 more years of specialized training to have the ability to work with children to ensure proper oral health for kids from birth until they are adolescence.
Our pediatric dentist understands that a child goes through a few dental stages right after birth and works on the important features of that age group; for example, when a child becomes a teenager, that is the best time to look for any orthodontic treatments because the permanent teeth have just grown in. They will help guide your child through proper dental education and correct mouth cleaning techniques from using a toothbrush to using floss.
The AAPD or the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests the very first visit to the dentist be when the child turns one year old. After the initial visit, every six months they should come back again.
About a rice grain-sized amount is sufficient until the age of three where you can put about the size of a pea afterwards.
X-rays dealt by our San Juan Capistrano pediatric dentist are safe as they only apply a miniscule amount of radiation that will be 100% unnoticeable and we use modern techniques to further drop the amount of radiation emitted.
Teaching proper flossing and brushing methods is a good start to great oral hygiene including regular visits to our dentist office. Dental sealants may be suggested to help fight off the chance of tooth decay or investing in some custom mouth guards for your child during sports.