Baby Wellness Exams Specialist

Santa Clarita Children's Dental

Pediatric Dentists located in Valencia, CA

When it comes to choosing a dentist for your baby, you need someone who not only knows how to take care of your child’s teeth but is gentle and caring, too. The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental in Valencia, California, are specially trained in pediatric dentistry and make it their job to help your baby feel comfortable and safe in the dentist’s chair. If you’re looking for a dentist you can trust to make your baby’s dental experience relaxed and fun, call today for an appointment or book online.

Baby Wellness Exams Q & A

When should I take my baby to the dentist?

Getting your baby to the dentist early on in life not only helps you stay on top of those cavities but decrease any fears you or your child have about going to the dentist.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your baby’s first visit to the dentist should occur after their first tooth comes in or by one year of age.

What can I expect at my baby’s first dental visit?

If your child only has a few teeth, you may wonder what a dentist does during the initial exam. Your first visit to Santa Clarita Children’s Dental may be more for you than for your baby.

The exam itself is short and includes a look at the teeth, bite, jaw, and gums. The dentist is on the lookout for cavities and any potential problems in your child’s mouth.

Most of the time is spent talking to you about good oral care for your baby. Topics include:

  • Fluoride needs
  • Proper brushing and flossing
  • Infant oral habits such as thumb sucking
  • Diet for healthy teeth
  • Teeth development

During this discussion be sure to ask any questions you might have about your baby’s oral health. After the dentist finishes reviewing your baby’s specific needs and plan of action, if needed, the front office schedules a follow-up appointment with you.

You should take your baby to the dentist every six months to stay on top of their oral health and reduce their risk of cavities.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular dentist?

It’s okay to take your baby to your regular dentist for dental care, as long as they’re comfortable with treating children. However, a pediatric dentist is specially trained to treat and manage the oral health of babies and children.

The pediatric dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental received an additional two years of training following dental school to better understand the needs of your baby’s teeth and development, along with any special oral needs. Additionally, the office is designed with kids in mind to help make them feel safe and comfortable while at the office.   

If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist for your baby’s first dental visit and live in or near Valencia, California, call today or schedule an appointment online to meet the team at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental.