Dental Services for Kids
Oral health is an important part of a child’s development. That is why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages every child to have a “dental home” by age 1.
A dental home is a place where a child and a dentist have an ongoing relationship so that all aspects of oral health care can take place in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way.
Here at TLC for Smiles, we are committed to this concept of providing your children with a dental home. That is why our office is open until 7 pm and we also see patients on Saturdays. We are committed to being accessible to working parents and to accommodating the needs of busy families!
By establishing healthy dental habits at an early age, children are less likely to experience extensive dental problems down the road. Good oral health habits should begin even before your baby’s first primary tooth comes in. In fact, numerous research studies now show that one of the greatest influences on when and if a child develops cavities depends on the oral health of the child’s mother and caretakers.
At TLC for Smiles, we offer dental services for kids of all ages, including prenatal dental care. Our services include:
- Prenatal dental care
- Pediatric dentistry
- Dental wellness checks for babies, children, and teens
- Orthodontics for adults, teens and kids
Regular dental wellness checks ensure your child is developing and maintaining important oral health habits including daily brushing and flossing. This appointment also provides opportunities to catch any dental problems your child may be experiencing early on. With early prevention, the need for extensive treatment is minimized. Early treatment can also mean lower costs and fewer complications down the road.
At TLC for Smiles, we specialize in preventive dentistry. At each wellness visit, we asses the future risk of having cavities. Patients who are at high risk for developing dental decay are places in a special program that includes nutritional counseling, prescription toothpaste and rinse to strengthen teeth and neutralize the acidity in the mouth as well as more frequent monitoring. Additionally, all children benefit from dental sealants.
Dental sealants are placed on teeth that have deep grooves. These grooves are so deep and tight that a single hair from a toothbrush cannot get into the groove. Thus, even with a perfect diet and excellent brushing, many teeth will develop decay. A sealant is like nail-polish in that a protective layer is “painted” onto a tooth that has been specially prepared. This protective layer seals out bacteria and sugar which is why this procedure is called “dental sealant”.
Even though our heart’s desire is to prevent all dental disease, some children will eventually have dental problems. Here at TLC for Smiles, we provide a range of treatments for to correct common dental problems in kids, including:
- Broken or damaged teeth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Missing teeth
- Tooth pain
If you are interested in having TLC for Smiles as your dental home or if you believe your child has a dental problem that you would like us to check, please complete our appointment form or call our office at (818) 360-2131. Here at TLC for Smiles, our goal is to treat each person with tender loving care.