Pediatric dentistry encourages good oral hygiene in children and teens. It provides general and preventive services to lower the risk of cavities and gum disease. At Desert Dentist in Hesperia and Apple Valley, California, the team of general dentists offers a variety of pediatric dentistry services, including oral exams, oral X-rays, teeth cleanings, and orthodontics. Book an appointment for your child with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.
Pediatric dentistry is a branch of oral health that provides comprehensive care for kids of all ages. Pediatric dentists, like the team at Desert Dentist, complete four years of traditional dental school, followed by two years of residency training in pediatrics.
Routine pediatric dentistry appointments can preserve your child’s teeth, gums, and smile. In addition, they present an opportunity to ask questions, discuss unusual symptoms, and build a relationship with your child’s dentist.
At Desert Dentist, the team offers several pediatric dentistry services, including:
An oral exam is a preventive screening that assesses the health of your child’s gums, teeth, and jaw. During an exam, your child’s dentist uses gloved hands and a circular mirror to look for cavities, gum disease, or abscesses. If they detect anything unusual, they can order a biopsy or additional testing.
During a professional teeth cleaning, a dental technician or dental hygienist uses a scaler to remove plaque from your child’s teeth. Afterward, they polish your child’s teeth with gritty toothpaste, floss their teeth, and apply a fluoride treatment.
Undergoing professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year can significantly lower your child’s risk of cavities and gum disease.
Oral X-rays take detailed photographs of your child’s tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone. The team at Desert Dentist uses X-rays to diagnose potentially serious oral health problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
If your child regularly experiences cavities, the team might recommend dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. They prevent the buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria.
Fluoride is a mineral that supports healthy teeth and bones. If your child has a history of cavities or tooth decay, the team might recommend a fluoride treatment. When fluoride is topically applied to your child’s teeth, it protects their enamel from plaque and sugars.
If your child has crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, the team might recommend orthodontics. Orthodontics uses special appliances, like metal braces or clear aligners, to gradually straighten your child’s teeth. If your child’s teeth are properly aligned, they’re easier to clean and care for.
The team at Desert Dentist recommends all children participate in a pediatric dentistry appointment at least twice a year. Routine checkups can catch potentially serious oral health problems and preserve your child’s teeth and gums for years.
Don’t wait to request a pediatric dentistry consultation at Desert Dentist. Book an appointment for your child with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.