About Pediatric Dentistry

What is a Pediatric “Kids” Dentist?

Our experienced Arden-Arcade pediatric dental and general orthodontic staff is carefully trained in working with all ages of children, including infants, children, and teens, teaching them about the development of good dental habits that will carry them into their adult years. While initiating a trusting and confident relationship between our pediatric dentist and your kids, we can aim our efforts at preventing decay, advising patients on how to make teeth stronger, and emphasizing the importance of developing ways to prevent cavities in the future. Dental care and oral care is very important for every patient.


Why Have a Pediatric Dentist Visit?

With extensive knowledge of dentistry problems specific to children and adolescents, our Arden-Arcade Make a Smile staff of pediatric dentists are more than fit to care for your kids needs and assure that you’re receiving the best dental information from a specialist in the field. Our office of pediatric dentists and specialists are aware that they must treat children a little differently than adults, which is equally as important as the technical training. After years of working strictly with children patients, our dentistry staff knows that showing respect, compassion, and a gentle touch will always get the best results from our young patients. Their comfort is our business! Pediatric dentists are also trained in Child Physiology, providing them with the ability to approach the needs of kids from a different perspective than normal dentistry. This is especially important in working with maturing children, whose focus turns more towards self-image as they age. A lot of problems that can progress as your kids get older can be resolved by our early detection techniques and regular dental visits, helping to improve your child’s health and smile. Pediatric dentistry provides the best start to your child’s oral health routines and will reduce the amount of dental services needed as an adult.


Pediatric Dental Treatments for Children



Aside from having good oral hygiene, sealants are placed on chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent tooth decay. A sealant is a thin coating material that flows into the grooves of the chewing surface on a molar. Sealants make it very easy to keep molars clean and to avoid food from getting stuck in the grooves causing cavities.

Dental Radiographs or X-Rays

Our office is equipped with digital radiography, with the images almost instantly appearing on our computer screen!



Not all cavities are easy to reach. Fortunately, we use Diagnodent, a light that is used to detect bacteria and gauge the density of the tooth. This non-invasive technology offers early detection of cavities.

Dental Filling

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In order to treat a cavity, filling or restorative material is chosen based on the tooth which needs to be restored. Tooth decay eats holes in the substance of the tooth, called “dentin,” creating that most familiar of dental bothers: the cavity. At Make a Smile, we do not fill cavities with amalgam or silver fillings; we proudly use only composite, white fillings. Fillings are an easy way to prevent further decay and future problems.


Fluoride helps re-mineralize weak enamel, which is important for healthy teeth. Our office or your pediatrician can prescribe fluoride supplements in tablet or drop form as needed. Topical fluoride is externally applied directly to the teeth and is found in mouthwash and toothpaste.

Pulpotomy/Stainless Steel Crown


If a cavity goes untreated and is not filled, decay passes through the dentin and enters the pulp, the soft, innermost part of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. For this we perform a pulpotomy. The decay and pulp tissue are removed, the pulp chamber is filled with a special material and a stainless steel crown is cemented over the entire tooth to prevent breakage.

Root Canal

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When a cavity at the pulp level is left untreated, the decay spreads into the root canals where nerves and blood vessels connect to the tooth. At this point the only procedure that can save the tooth is a root canal. The decay and tissue of the root canals are removed and, as in a pulpotomy, replaced with a special material.

Extraction and Space Maintainer

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If the decay passes through the roots, it forms an infection at the base of the tooth, at this point the tooth must be “extracted,” or removed. When a back tooth is removed, the remaining teeth push closer together, leaving little room for the new permanent tooth. To prevent the new tooth from growing in crooked, a space maintainer is used. This is placed in the space left by the extracted tooth, almost like a place holder, saving room for the new permanent tooth to grow in properly.

What Parents Should Know

What Parents and Children Should Know

Five Steps to a happy, healthy, beautiful smile!

  • Kids should brush twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat healthy
  • Make an appointment every 6 months for a full review
  • Baby Tooth Cleaning

Healthy baby teeth, although eventually replaced, are a pivotal step in the development and growth of a child’s permanent teeth and an important first step towards a healthy mouth. A kids first tooth may erupt as early as in a few months. It is crucial to clean your baby’s gums and any newly erupted tooth after meals, bottles, and medicine use, using a soft washcloth. Please replace toothbrushes every three months and check first with your dentist about when and what toothpastes are age appropriate for your kids prior to use.

Our dental office location is focused on orthodontics, endodontic, oral surgery and overall dental care. Make an orthodontics appointment and come visit us at 3343 Arden Way Ste. A in Arden-Arcade, California. Patient business hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6pm – We are proud to serve parents and kids at our Make a Smile pediatric dentistry office and the surrounding Sacramento areas, providing the top pediatric dental, orthodontics and oral surgery services! Also, if you’ve received great service, please leave us a review on Yelp. Make a great choice and schedule an appointment with our Sacramento area Make a Smile Kids Dental office today! Our dental office email is info@makeasmile.com. Email or visit us today!


If you have any questions about Make a Smile Arden-Arcade Pediatric Dentistry, feel free to call our office or schedule an on-site visit. We provide a great staff and dental health care, focused on  general orthodontic, endodontic care and oral surgery. Call a specialist today.

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We are dedicated to the correction of youth and adolescent dental irregularities through the use of  personalized, friendly service and state of the art orthodontic facility

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3433 Arden Way Ste. A

Sacramento, CA 95825

(916) 374-7711

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