We Care About Kids!
Dr. Lopez strives to make children of all ages feel at ease and enjoy themselves, so bring the whole family along! You can rest assured your child will receive the latest advancements in children’s dentistry, delivered with caring, thoughtfulness, and compassion. We encourage the proper dental care habits in children and enjoy teaching them how to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. We look forward to seeing them for their first dental visit with us when they are two years old and watching them grow year after year.
One of our goals is to make sure that this and future generations of children grow up without a fear of the dental office. According to our many happy parents, we are doing just that! Our office is a relaxed and happy place that children love to visit. Whether you have an active six-year-old or a scared three-year-old, we are here to help you.
Choosing Your Child’s Dentist is Like Choosing Their Pediatrician
Instilling good habits early, in an environment that’s comfortable and fun, is essential for a lifetime of good oral health. Children’s teeth can be very susceptible to cavities at a young age due to many factors. They are not able to brush well on their own. Because of this, it is important for parents to be involved in their child’s daily dental care. This ensures both thorough cleaning and the development of proper dental habits.
Little kids tend to eat more often during the day (grazing). This results in a prolonged exposure to acid (every time you eat you make acid), which may cause more cavities. A tooth that is not as clean as it should be will foster additional exposure to acid, which often speeds up the development of cavities. The good news is that identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with applying a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can significantly reduce the chance of your child having a cavity.
Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
We know that children often don’t do a very good job of brushing their teeth. This can apply to adults too! Even meticulous brushing often may not reach the deep grooves in the back teeth. This results in bacteria, acids, and plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once the tooth has decay, it is damaged permanently and will need a filling or crown.
What if there was a way to help prevent all this from happening? Fortunately, there is! The application of dental sealants will do the trick. First, the tooth (or teeth) is cleaned and sterilized. A thin plastic coating is applied. This is usually white or clear in color. A curing light bonds the sealant into place. The whole procedure takes just a few minutes. There are no shots or drills or removal of any tooth structure. It’s totally harmless!
Applying dental sealants is one of the best preventive things both children and adolescents can do to preserve their natural teeth!