Local Carlsbad dentistry, Dr. William Neff and the Los Coches Dentistry staff offer a customized, gentle approach to children’s oral health care. Los Coches Dentistry provides every child consistent, compassionate dental care resulting in positive experiences.
Children’s oral health care is more than good dentistry. It entails trust, counseling, and parental involvement. We personally treat your children as we would our own and encourage parents to accompany their children during their dental exam.
Los Coches Dentistry specializes in dental education, tooth decay prevention, and a healthy lifestyle for infants, adolescents and teenagers.
Children’s Preventative Dentistry
During you and your child’s first dental appointment we evaluate your child’s oral and dental development, provide counseling with dietary habits, brushing and flossing instructions, and if necessary, fluoride recommendations.
Oral Habit Evaluation – “Oral habits” in children refer to any thumb, finger, or pacifier habits that may be causing unwanted dental growth and development. At our dental practice in Carlsbad, we observe oral habits to make corrections should the behavior begin to pose a problem.
Proper Diet – Proper dietary habits are as important to your child’s dental health as supervised hygiene and visiting the dentist. Tooth decay (cavities) is the most common children’s disease in America. Contrary to popular belief, tooth decay is NOT caused by the amount of sugar or carbohydrates your child consumes, but the LENGTH OF TIME those substances sit in the mouth. The leading cause of children’s tooth decay is not surprisingly from sucking on sugary liquids.
Sealants – Tooth decay can be dramatically reduced in children and teens by protecting the grooves and depressions within their teeth with a coating called a sealant. Sealants form a barrier to protect the tooth from small food particles and bacteria. Applying sealants on permanent molars and bicuspids are highly recommended by Dr. William Neff. He also recommends sealants be applied to primary baby molars to prevent decay on children’s primary teeth.
Fluoride Treatment – Under dental supervision, using appropriate amounts, and on a routine basis, fluoride can be a key element in the prevention of tooth decay. Fluoride keeps tooth enamel strong by hardening the weak surface areas that usually are the start of a cavity.
Restorative Dentistry for Children
Fillings – Generally children’s cavities are filled using local anesthesia and tooth colored fillings. Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is recommended to make your child’s first fillings a positive and non-threatening experience.
Crowns – Crowns may be necessary if a cavity has damaged the tooth structure past the point a filling can repair. Depending on the cavity location, there are various crowns available to restore the tooth. Dr. William Neff will recommend which crown is appropriate based on the degree of your child’s cavity and their natural bite.
Teeth Whitening – As your child ages and their permanent teeth become fully erupted and developed, teeth whitening can be considered. This time frame for the average child would be in their junior to senior year of high school. If your child expresses interest in teeth whitening, please consult Los Coches Dentistry for an evaluation.
Scheduling your Child’s First Dentist Visit
Early visits are the proactive parents’ best chance at reducing the risk of tooth decay. Dr. William Neff recommends that children visit a dentist when the child is around two to three years of age when the parents can comfortably brush their child’s teeth without them fussing. If the parent sees any problem with their child’s teeth, such as a stain, Los Coches Dentistry is happy to assist with your concerns. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your child’s first dental appointment, please contact our dental practice.