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At Shining Stars Kids Dental, we understand that parents and caregivers often have questions about their children’s dental health. Our pediatric dentist and team have compiled a list of common queries along with comprehensive answers to help put your mind at ease. Feel free to call us at 323-922-2260 for more specific questions regarding your child’s pediatric dental care in Los Angeles, California.

When should I schedule my child’s first dental appointment?
It is vital that your child comes in for their first visit with Dr. Smit Dangaria either when their first tooth erupts, or around 6 months old, and no later than their first birthday. First visits allow us to give them a healthy boost on their oral development as early as possible, and to start good oral hygiene habits at an early age. Please try to bring in your child as soon as possible instead of waiting; otherwise, tooth decay and loss of baby teeth can negatively affect your child’s adult teeth in the long run.

How can I protect my little one from baby bottle rot, and what role does pediatric dental care play in prevention?
Baby bottle rot, scientifically known as early childhood caries, is a concern for many parents. It occurs when a baby’s teeth are exposed to sugary liquids for extended periods, leading to tooth decay. To safeguard your child’s dental health, do not allow them to fall asleep with a bottle filled with formula, milk or fruit juice. Instead, encourage the use of a pacifier or a bottle with water.

In what ways can I prepare my child for their first visit?
Making the experience positive is key. Talk to your child about what to expect using simple, positive language. Use tools like story books and videos about the dentist to familiarize them with what to expect.

How important are baby teeth?
Baby teeth play a crucial role in your child’s oral development. They help with proper speech development, aid in chewing and eating, and hold space for permanent teeth. Neglecting baby teeth can lead to dental issues that impact your child’s overall oral health.

How often should my child visit the dentist?
Children should come in for their dental checkup every six months. These visits allow us to monitor your child’s oral health, clean their teeth professionally and address any concerns early on.

What is the role of fluoride in children’s dental health?
Fluoride is beneficial for strengthening tooth enamel and making it more resistant to decay. We recommend the appropriate fluoride treatments and toothpaste for your child’s age and risk of cavities.

How can cavities be prevented in my child’s teeth?
Encourage good oral hygiene habits at home by teaching your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristled tooth brush and fluoride toothpaste. Improve their diet by limiting sugary snacks and drinks in favor of fruits, veggies and dairy products, which will in turn make their teeth stronger and less prone to tooth decay. Avoid putting your young child to bed with a bottle containing anything other than water.

What if my child is afraid of the dentist?
It is not uncommon for children to have dental anxiety. Our pediatric dentist and team are experienced in helping children feel comfortable and relaxed. We use gentle techniques, positive reinforcement and child-friendly explanations to create a reassuring environment.

What treatments are available if my child develops a cavity?
If your child develops a cavity, we have minimally invasive treatments such as dental fillings. Our goal is to ensure a comfortable experience while effectively addressing dental issues.

At what age do children typically start losing their baby teeth?
Children usually start losing their baby teeth around the age of 6. The process continues into their early teens. The order and timing of tooth loss can vary, but it is a natural part of their dental development.

Are dental X-rays safe for my child?
Yes. We use low radiation doses and lead aprons to minimize exposure. In fact, our X-rays generate less radiation than what your child would get from the sun when you are outside. X-rays help us identify hidden dental issues and ensure your child’s oral health is on track.

We hope these FAQs have provided you with valuable information about our services, and to give you peace of mind regarding your child’s dental care at Shining Stars Kids Dental. We hope you feel more confident about bringing your child to see us, for we will do everything in our power to give them the healthy smile they deserve.

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