At Poway Dental Arts, pediatric dentistry is about more than bright, healthy smiles. As a father himself, Dr. Rich wants to make sure your child’s visit is rewarding and fun, so there’s no fear of “next time”. Dr. Rich and his pediatric dental team always take extra time to earn the trust of both you and your child, to make sure each trip to the pediatric dental office is a pleasant, calm experience.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent. We offer empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them. If your child is anxious, ask us about how we can pair pediatric dentistry services with our sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing.
Your Child's First Visit
Dr. Rich understands that you want the best kids dentist for your child. At Poway Dental Arts, we focus on providing the most conscientious pediatric dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at Poway Dental Arts, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Rich to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Dr. Rich may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Teeth-Strengthening Fluoride Application
Dental teeth-strengthening fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Rich often recommends this treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth. This teeth-strengthening mineral acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Poway Dental Arts, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, Dr. Rich may recommend laughing gas. This gas is a completely safe way to help children receive the pediatric dental care they need without anxiety or fear.
Once the dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. At Poway Dental Arts, our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Poway Dental Arts, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective, tooth-colored fillings.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Rich will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole. If the wisdom tooth’s growth trajectory is poised to cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your child's entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Questions About Pediatric Dentistry Services?
Thanks to modern restorative dentistry techniques, dental problems aren't the end of the world—we can fix your smile up with just a few visits to our Poway dental office!