Did you know that cavities are considered the most common chronic pediatric illness? Studies show that 42% of children ages two to eleven have had cavities in their primary teeth, and 59% of children and adolescents ages twelve to nineteen have had cavities in their permanent teeth. With preventive visits to our children’s dentist in San Diego at Parvathi Pokala DDS & Associates, we can help your children maintain optimal oral health and prevent dental disease. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art approaches to keep your child’s smile cavity-free from the start, and will help your child feel at ease throughout every visit.
Preventive care should begin as soon as your child’s first teeth erupt, usually by the age of one. Our children’s dentist in San Diego will teach you how to properly clean and care for your child’s newly emerging teeth and how to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay refers to tooth decay in infants and toddlers and is caused by prolonged exposure to sugar from being put to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. We also recommend brushing small children’s teeth with a small dab of toothpaste to protect the primary teeth. As children get older, we impart to them the importance and responsibility of brushing, flossing and making the right nutritional choices. We can also periodically apply fluoride treatments, which strengthen tooth enamel to protect against cavities. Once your child’s permanent molars erupt, we recommend dental sealants, which are protective coatings that seal out plaque and food debris from gathering in the crevices of the back teeth. Our dentist will also perform a comprehensive examination to diagnose any signs of tooth decay from its outset, when it’s easiest to treat. If your child is diagnosed with a cavity, our dentist will gently and precisely remove the decay, then restore the tooth with a durable, aesthetically pleasing dental filling.
At Parvathi Pokala DDS & Associates, our children’s dentist in San Diego aims to help your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.