Compassionate Dentist For Kids
Sacramento Metropolitan Area
As children aged three to nine transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth, we make sure they develop great habits and an awareness of dental and overall health.
Permanent Teeth For Children
Wiggling and then losing a baby tooth is cause for celebration as a marker of entering a new stage of life. The tooth fairy and the surprise left under the pillow is a fun way to mark that transition. At The Tooth Station in Sacramento we celebrate with a child and use the opportunity to talk about how to take care of the child’s new permanent teeth.
Building Self-Sufficiency and Responsibility For Children’s Dental Health
Preventing tooth decay in children and other preventative dental care is our number one priority. We educate you and your child extensively on the two primary ways to prevent future dental problems: proper oral hygiene and eating habits for healthy teeth. There are a number of ways we help motivate a child to pay attention to his or her dental health. One way is our Healthy Smiles Club.
Every child who receives a clean bill of health (no cavities or excessive tartar) is entered into a monthly drawing to win a prize and become the Smile Club Champion! We also provide fun and educational tooth brushing charts and healthy happy child dental habits and incentives. Our goal is to educate our patients while they are young so that their only visits to the dental office are their six month check ups.
Correcting Dental Problems For Kids Ages Three to Nine
The two most common issues we encounter in family dental care are tooth decay and gum disease.
Tooth Decay – When preventative measures have failed to prevent tooth decay and there is a need to fill a cavity, we use terminology meant to calm and reassure a child. The tooth is numbed using ‘sleepy juice’ (not a shot) or the child is relaxed using “magic air” (not nitrous gas). The “sugarbug” (cavity) is taken out with our special “whistle” (not drill). We encourage parents to use this terminology as well to build the child’s confidence in Dr. Randolph and his kid-friendly dentist staff.
Gum Disease in Children’s Teeth – If your child’s gums bleed when he or she flosses it is likely they have gum disease. When untreated it can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. We will always check for gum disease during a regular pediatric dentist check up since it indicates an unhealthy level of bacteria in the mouth. It is also easily preventable and may even be remedied though gum disease prevention probiotics like yogurt. We’ll show you and your child how to brush, floss and use a Pik to recognize and avoid this issue.
How To Prevent Sports Injuries To a Child’s Teeth
Many kids begin playing some kind of sport at this age. Depending on the type of sport and your child’s level of involvement, it may be wise to have them fitted for a mouth guard to prevent broken teeth. A small investment in a mouth guard can prevent the pain and expense of injuries to the teeth, jaw, and face. We can help advise you on the most effective and comfortable store bought and custom made mouth guards for your child.
Schedule An Appointment With The Tooth Station Today
Contact our kids dentist office in Natomas at 916-419-0020. Our mission is to provide exceptional quality and compassion for your children.