• Dentistry For Children

  • Your child's early experiences at the dentist can help shape the future of his or her oral health. If you're looking for a caring, compassionate dentist who caters to children, look no further. We're pleased to offer comprehensive children's dentistry in a warm, comfortable office setting.

    Our office is committed to providing your child with the highest quality of care. We will make every effort to ensure that your child’s first visit with us is a comfortable experience.

    Our goal is to provide our patients with a great attitude towards their dental health. A beautiful smile can say much more than words- If your child is proud of his or her smile, it is a testimony to their commitment to great oral hygiene and preventive care. We will try to educate you and your child in the importance of preventive dentistry, and we are dedicated to providing thorough care.

    Our practice has highly trained doctors and staff, as well as specialized equipment and facilities to properly address today’s most demanding pediatric dental needs, in a warm and caring environment.

    Why are Baby Teeth Important?

    Children develop proper chewing, eating, speaking, and oral hygiene habits with their baby teeth - which are also called primary teeth. Strong primary teeth allow for the jaw bones and muscles to develop healthily and help permanent teeth grow comfortably into place. If a child loses a primary tooth too soon, his or her permanent teeth may grow in crooked and lead to expensive oral treatments later in life. Decaying baby teeth can cause pain, abscesses, and infections which can spread to permanent teeth. Your child's general health may also be affected if diseased baby teeth aren't treated in a timely fashion. Remember, some primary molars don’t emerge until the age of 14; so these baby teeth need to last for years!

    The oral hygiene habits and routines your child starts today may last an entire lifetime. It is never too soon to start teaching kids the importance of taking care of their teeth and oral health. Proper care not only keeps kids healthier; it can also prevent costly and potentially uncomfortable treatments later in life.

    Should Baby Teeth be Treated the Same as Adult Teeth?

    Though the routine of twice a day is the same for children and adults, the are some slight differences in oral care depending on age.

    Care and keep of teeth should start before the teeth are even visible. The American Dental Association suggests starting a few days after birth. Gently wipe the baby’s gums with a moist, clean washcloth or gauze pad. Once teeth emerge, they are susceptible to tooth decay and should be brushed twice a day. Brush all of your baby’s visible teeth with a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste (no more than the size of a grain of rice).

    When children get older - at about the age of 3 - they can start using more fluoride toothpaste - about the size of a pea. At this point, they should be encouraged to brush their teeth on their own. However, continue to monitor and remind them to spit out the toothpaste and not swallow it. Flossing should start once two teeth in the child’s mouth touch.

    What Dental Problems Could My Child Have?

    Even though your child’s teeth are new, some dental issues can begin very early in life. They can affect how the adult teeth will emerge and, possibly, whether or not they will be prone to dental problems in the future.

    The earlier a child visits a dentist, the better the chances are of preventing future oral complications. Strong, healthy teeth not only help your child chew food easily and speak clearly, but also build self-confidence by having a great smile. 

    Tooth Decay

    This can occur at an early age by a child sleeping with the bottle or sucking on a pacifier dipped in something sweet. Bacteria that causes tooth decay can also be transferred to the child through saliva. This may occur when a parent cleans the baby’s pacifier or spoon with his or her own mouth.

    Gum Disease

    Inflammation of the gum tissue can happen to children of any age. To help avoid this keep the child’s gums clean, even if no teeth have emerged.

    Oral Habits

    Digit sucking or grinding of teeth should be monitored, especially as the child’s permanent teeth emerge. Permanent teeth may even be affected if the child’s habit is very intense.  

    Do children need preventative care?

    Early childhood and tooth decay no longer have to go hand in hand. At Pine Center Dental Group, we focus on all aspects of preventive oral care. We use the latest in sealant technology to shield your child's teeth. Sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent them from developing plaque buildup, which can lead to tooth decay. This is just one of the many ways Pine Center Dental Group can help set the foundation for your child’s good oral health for life.

    How should I prepare my child for his or her first visit?

    Many parents ask us this question. We suggest that you prepare your child like you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store.

    A visit to our office in Chino Hills will not be the frightening experience you may remember or have heard of from other parents. We have specially designed our space to be a fun and welcoming place for children. Your child's reaction to his or her first visit to the dentist may surprise you.

    With our office being easy to get to from anywhere in Chino Hills, Yorba Linda, Brea, Chino, and surrounding areas, you don’t have to take your kids very far to get great dental care.

    Feel free to give us a call at (909) 597-2477 if you have any questions or concerns about preparing your child for his or her first visit. You can even come by during our office hours to take a tour and see if Pine Center Dental Group is the right fit for your child.