It is very important for children to begin seeing a dentist as soon as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids see a dentist by the age of one. When seeing your children our office focuses on education, monitoring growth, and prevention. Should treatment be needed that requires sedation, your child would see Dr. Joo, who is licensed to sedate children, if needed, who weigh at least 20 pounds.
Education: We focus on educating children using models and child friendly terminology- emphasizing the importance of keeping their teeth strong and healthy. We also advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth: By continuously tracking growth and development, we are able to anticipate dental issues and intervene before they worsen. Working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves a child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Prevention: Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduce the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing exams and cleanings, we also recommend fluoride treatment and the application of dental sealants, advise parents on thumb-sucking/ prolonged pacifier use/ bottle rot, and provide demonstrations of brushing and flossing.