Dentistry for Kids
Dentistry for kids, also known as pediatric dentistry, involves taking care of the oral health of children from the time when their first baby teeth start to emerge until their teenage years. At Simi Hills Dental, Dr. Stout has the qualifications and experience to care for your child's teeth and gums.
At 6 months old, babies begin to start having their first primary teeth. By age 6, they start to lose their baby teeth which are replaced by permanent adult teeth. Without proper oral hygiene, your children's teeth may become susceptible to oral decay and disease and can result in long-term complications.
Treatments Involved in Dentistry for Kids
At Simi Hills Dental, we offer a wide range of comprehensive dental treatment options for kids. These include:
What You Can Expect During an Appointment for Kids
There are several factors which determine the frequency of your child's dental exams, including age, risk factors, and health.
Ages 6 Months to 1 Year
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry strongly recommends scheduling your child's first dental visit after their first baby tooth erupts. We may place your child on a dental table or an examination chair or will let you hold your child in your lap as we perform the exam. We will:
Toddlers, School-age Children, and Adolescents
The AAPD recommends children should have regular dental checkups every six months. However, we may recommend fewer or more visits depending on your child's oral health. During the appointment, we will:
As your child grows older, we will also provide them counseling on the harms of smoking, chewing tobacco, drug abuse, and consuming alcohol. We will also educate them on eating disorders and oral piercings.
We may also discuss the possible extraction of a wisdom tooth when your child reaches their late teenage years.