While Nupur Gupta, DDS, and the team at Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill love all of the patients who entrust the practice with their care, the youngest members of the family hold a special place in each team member’s heart. Children’s dentistry is more than an area of focus; it’s truly an honor to play a positive role in the dental health of the youngest residents of Pleasant Hill, California. If you’re searching for a children’s dentistry specialist for your little one, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Children's Dentistry Q & A
What is children’s dentistry?
Children’s dentistry is centered on meeting the needs of children and adolescents. Kids have a unique set of needs, and it’s important for parents to choose a practitioner who has the training, experience, and temperment for treating children.
A significant portion of children’s dental care is focused on preventive services. This includes routine dental exams to check for signs of concern before serious dental problems develop. It also encompasses teaching kids how to take control of their own dental health from a very young age.
Some kids do need restorative care, and that can be a source of stress for parents and children alike. Dr. Gupta and her team take the time to put kids at ease before any procedure. They can explain the process in detail, helping your child know what to expect.
Why bring children to see a dentist when their teeth are still healthy?
Far too many parents only bring their kids in to see a dentist once a problem has become apparent. This approach fails to take advantage of the many benefits of preventive care. In most cases, cavities can be detected long before they are clearly visible or creating discomfort. Filling those cavities in the early stages conserves as much natural tooth structure as possible.
Children’s dentistry is also an opportunity for your child to develop a trusting bond with Dr. Gupta. Those positive early experiences can shape the way your child views dental care for the rest of their life.
Children’s dentistry visits are also a chance for your little one to learn how to care for their teeth and gums. Dr. Gupta adjusts her approach based on each child’s age, but strives to have her patients guiding their own dental health well before they finish high school.
How can I help my child be less fearful of visiting the dentist?
Some kids develop a fear of dental care. This might be based on negative early experiences, something they saw in a movie or television show, or from hearing others speak negatively about dental care.
The best way to help your child understand that there is nothing to fear is by bringing them with you during your own routine dental exams. Once they see how you manage your own visits, they will feel more secure about their own care with the Perfect Smiles team.
There are also numerous children’s books that focus on visiting the dentist. Find one that is written for your child’s age group, and read it together as the appointment nears.
If you have additional questions about the children’s dentistry services available at Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill, call the office to set up a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.