Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Smile Country Dental

Dentistry located in Santa Rosa, CA & Napa, CA

The team at Smile Country Dental, located in Santa Rosa and Napa, California, serves all ages, including pediatric patients. Many dental problems can be prevented through dental hygiene and education at a young age and is an important part of your child’s dental care. To schedule an initial consultation for pediatric dentistry, call or use the online booking tool today.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What are common pediatric dental problems?

Your child’s dental health may be affected by common issues such as: 

  • Tooth decay
  • Thumb sucking
  • Early tooth loss
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Lip sucking 

Unfortunately, these have the potential to cause further dental problems for your child. The team has experience treating a variety of these resulting conditions. 

Ankylosis

Ankylosis is a condition in which your child’s tooth or teeth become fused to the bone, preventing eruption and orthodontic movement. The earlier ankylosis begins, the worse it typically becomes as your child ages. 

Fluorosis

Fluorosis is a condition caused by too much exposure to fluoride on the tooth’s enamel layer. The majority of cases result in white patches or streaks across your child’s teeth. More severe cases of fluorosis may result in brown streaks across teeth.

Typically, the condition affects children who are developing permanent teeth and are not exposed to adequate fluoride levels. However, it has the potential to affect individuals at any age.

Open bite and crossbite

Open bite occurs when your child’s front upper and lower teeth are slanted and do not touch when your child closes their mouth. Crossbite occurs when your child’s upper teeth fit within their lower teeth. It is caused by either misalignment of the teeth or bones. 

What are common pediatric dental treatments?

The team at Smile Country Dental has experience treating several pediatric dental health concerns. Pediatric dental treatments include:

  • Cavity fillings
  • X-rays
  • General cleaning
  • Correcting the direction teeth grow
  • Pulpotomy
  • Pediatric silver caps
  • Strip crowns
  • Tooth extraction

The team assesses your child’s dental health and makes educated decisions about the care they give.

What will happen during my child’s first dental visit?

Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggest that children have their first dental exam within six months of their first tooth. The earlier your child visits a dentist, the less likely they are to develop dental problems. 

The team at Smile Country Dental spends your child’s first dental visit educating you about good oral hygiene, dental habits, and the effects of your child’s diet on their teeth. It is proven that children with good teeth learn to speak clearly, chew food easily, and have increased self-confidence.

As your child grows, the AAPD suggests they receive a dental check-up at least twice a year.

To schedule your child’s dental visit at Smile Country Dental, call or use the online booking tool today.