Your Child’s First Dental Visit
First dental visits are mostly educational. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that every child visit the dentist by the child’s first birthday. Dr. Da Fonseca and team recommend that children visit our West Hills pediatric dental office by age one as well.
This “well baby check” for the teeth can establish a dental home and helps ensure that you learn the tools you’ll need to help your children remain cavity free.
As your child gets older, we shift focus to preventive care. We offer all preventive services, such as nutritional counseling, sealants, fluoride, exams and cleanings, and digital X-rays. If necessary, we also provide complete dental services such as tooth-colored fillings and crowns, minimally invasive treatment, baby root canals, and more.
Our main goal at Teddy Bear Children’s Dentistry is to help kids discover that going to the dentist is not only good for their overall health, but that it can be a fun and enjoyable experience for them to look forward to at every visit.
Before the teeth erupt, clean your baby’s mouth and gums with a soft cloth or infant toothbrush at bath time. This helps ready the baby for the teeth cleaning to come.
When the teeth erupt, use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily with a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush.
Brushing your child’s teeth twice a day (morning and before bed) for just two minutes helps to remove plaque, preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems later in life.
Why choose a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists like Dr. Da Fonseca specialize in dental care for children. They talk to children using easy-to- understand words, pictures, and ideas. They can help motivate kids to develop good oral-care habits. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.