Dr. Garate and Dr. Falcon understand that you want the best for your child. At Perfect Smiles California, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. We start seeing our pediatric dental patients at the age of 9.
It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at Perfect Smiles California, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent. We offer empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them.
Regular Kids Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Garate to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Dr. Garate may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems and needs to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Falcon.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Garate often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Perfect Smiles California, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Perfect Smiles California, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Garate may recommend a crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Garate will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your child's smile as a whole. If your wisdom tooth’s growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will use the latest in dental technology to take a 3D panoramic x-ray of your child's entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Does your child suck his or her thumb? Has early tooth loss made it where their bite is changing?
Our early bite assessments allow us to help your child avoid bite complications later on, such as impacted teeth or overbites. This can prevent the need to wear braces for an extended period of time later on.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give Perfect Smiles California a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Garate today!
We offer a range of orthodontic solutions such as braces to help correct teeth alignment and bite issues.