About Pediatric Dentistry

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Our experienced Citrus Heights pediatric dental and general orthodontics staff is carefully dentistry-trained in working with all ages of children, including infants and adolescents, teaching them about the development of good dental habits that they will carry with them into their adult age years. While initiating a trusting and confident relationship between our certified dentists and children patients, we can aim our efforts at preventing decay, advising any patient on how to make teeth stronger, and emphasizing the importance of developing ways to prevent cavities at every dental appointment or teledentistry exam. General dental and oral care is very important for every patient in preventing gum disease.

 

Why Have a Pediatric Dentist Visit?

With extensive knowledge of dentistry problems specific to children and adolescents, our Make a Smile pediatric  staff of dentists is more than fit to care for your family’s needs and assure that you’re receiving the best dental information at every appointment or teledentistry exam. Our dental office of certified pediatric dentists and specialists are aware that they must treat children a little differently than adults, which is equally as important as the technical dental training. After years of working strictly with children patients, our dental office knows that showing respect, compassion, and a gentle touch will always get the best results from our young patients. Patient comfort is our business! Our Citrus Heights certified pediatric dental team is also trained in Child Physiology, providing them with the ability to approach the needs of kids from a different perspective than normal dental teams during every pediatric appointment This is especially important in working with maturing children, whose focus turns more towards self-image as they age. A lot of dental problems that can progress as your children get older can be resolved by our early pediatric dental detection techniques, and regular dental visits, helping to improve the smile and general dental health of your kid.

Treatments

Pediatric Treatments

Sealants

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Aside from having good oral hygiene and dental health, sealants are placed on chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent blight and other dental problems that may affect the mouth. 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 or other dental health problems.

Radiographs or X-Rays

Our pediatric dentists office is equipped with digital radiography, with the images of your teeth almost instantly appearing on our computer screen! If you have any concern about x-rays on your children, our dentists will assure you that this is the first dental process to find the best dental treatment plan for your kids.  

Diagnodent

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Not all cavities are easy to reach. Fortunately, our pediatric dentist will use Diagnodent, a light that is used to detect bacteria and gauge the density of the tooth. These non-invasive dental technology services offer early detection of cavities and provide comfort and care during your children’s dental procedure.

Dental Filling

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In order to treat a dental cavity, filling or restorative dental material is chosen based on the tooth which needs to be restored. Decay eats holes in the substance of the tooth, called “dentin,” creating that most familiar of dental bothers: the cavity. At our Make a Smile dentistry and orthodontics CA office, our pediatric dentistry practice will not fill cavities with amalgam or silver fillings; we proudly use only composite, white fillings. Dental fillings are an easy way to prevent further corrosion and future oral problems in kids.

Fluoride

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

Pulpotomy/Stainless Steel Crown

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If a cavity goes untreated and is not filled, blight 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 dental material and a stainless steel crown is cemented over the entire tooth to prevent dental breakage.

Root Canal

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When a cavity at the pulp level is left untreated, the corrosion spreads into the root canals of the tooth where nerves and blood vessels connect to the tooth. At this point the only dental procedure that can save the tooth is root canal services. The dental atrophy 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 deterioration passes through the roots, it forms an infection at the base of the tooth, at this point it 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 one from growing in crooked, a dental space maintainer is used. This is placed in the area left by any extracted teeth, almost like a placeholder, saving room for the new permanent tooth to grow in properly. If you or your children have any questions regarding tooth extractions, give us a call and our pediatric dental team will happily address all your concerns.

What Parents Should Know

What Adults and Children Should Know about General Tooth Care

Five Steps to a happy, healthy smile from your local Pediatric Dentist:

  • Kids should brush twice a day
  • Children should floss once a day
  • Eating healthy ensures great oral health
  • Call to 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 dental development and growth of a child’s permanent teeth and an important first step towards a great oral health. 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 our dental staff or dentists about when and what toothpastes are age appropriate for your children prior to use.

Our dental office is focused on general dentistry such as orthodontics care, endodontic care, oral surgery and overall dental care. Make an orthodontics appointment and come visit us at 6404 Sunrise Blvd. Ste. A in Citrus Heights, CA. Business hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm – Our dental team is proud to serve parents and children at our Make a Smile pediatric dentistry office and the surrounding Bay and Sacramento areas, providing the top pediatric dentist, orthodontics, and oral surgery services! If you’ve received great care from our dentistry office, please leave us a review on Yelp. Make a great choice and schedule a dental appointment with our Make a Smile pediatric dentist office today! Questions about insurance and health care? Contact our pediatric dentist practice by phone call or email us at info@makeasmile.com today to receive the smile and dental care you deserve.

 

If you have any questions about Make a Smile Children’s Dental in Citrus Heights, feel free to call our office or schedule a pediatric dentist visit. Even if your baby is only a couple months old, as long as they have a tooth, our pediatric dentist staff will provide the dental care. We would love you as a new patient! We have a great pediatric team that provides phenomenal oral health and tooth care focused on general orthodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery care for your children. Call us any time to set up an appointment or if you just have questions regarding tooth care – we’re here to help. 

Children's Smile

Combining a unique kid-friendly atmosphere with the rare qualifications of true pediatric-trained professionals. Come experience a level of care that makes a difference!

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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6406 Sunrise Blvd Ste. A

Citrus Heights, CA 95610

(916) 306-0333

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