Kids’s Dentistry in Temecula
Family Friendly Dentistry for Children of All Ages
Kids of all ages deserve quality dental care on their level. Some children find the idea of going to the dentist intimidating. During your child’s first several visits, Dr. Michael Skidmore and his team focus on building trusting relationships with our smallest patients.
Preventative care makes a world of difference in terms of oral health. As soon as teeth erupt, they are susceptible to plaque and tartar build-up, just like adult teeth. The earlier parents begin brushing the gums and newly erupted teeth of their children, the more natural it is for children to receive oral care from a trusted adult. We recommend a first dental visit and exam no later than 2-3 years of age.
Children who visit our office with orthodontic issues may benefit from early orthodontic treatment like spacers, bridges, or braces. For teenagers, Invisalign® clear aligner trays provide an alternative to traditional metal braces. When orthodontic care happens before the jaw bones fully develop, it often takes less time and effort to complete treatment.
What Role do Parents Play in Their Children’s Oral Health?
Positive attitudes about the dentist can set a kid and their dentist up for success in the future. Parents who opt for a pediatric dentist in Temecula understand that a dental visit is about so much more than just the cleaning. You want to be able to trust your kids’ dentist to actively engage with your child to make the visit a positive experience.
At home, parents and guardians should make sure children have access to a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Help your children brush until you are sure each tooth is getting clean. Once a child has multiple teeth, begin flossing with them to reach leftover food particles between the teeth and under the gum line. Cavities cannot form if there is no food for the bacteria to digest.
How Often Should my Children Get Dental Check-Ups in Temecula?
Regular exams and cleanings are usually scheduled every six months to keep your child’s smile healthy. Periodic x-rays give the dentist a glimpse inside the teeth and structures of the mouth. Your Temecula dentist is proud to offer gentle restorative care, such as fillings, dental bonding, sealants, and crowns. Early intervention often prevents the need for more serious cosmetic intervention later.
Thanks to a focus on improving how we train and help children develop good oral health habits, as many as 55% of school-aged children are now cavity-free. Regular visits to a caring, committed child dentist help remove the stigma that often occurs in children’s dentistry.
As a father, Dr. Skidmore has a heart for serving the youth of Temecula. We invite you to learn more about our pediatric dentistry services by giving us a call at (951) 506-2424 to schedule an appointment.