We are a child-friendly dental practice and are pleased to welcome family members of all ages. Our team loves working with children, and we believe it is never too early to start helping your child on the road to a lifetime healthy, happy smiles.
When Should I First Bring My Child to the Dentist?
We like to see kids starting around age one when they start getting their baby teeth. This age seems too soon to many parents, but there are a couple of excellent reasons why we recommend early visits:
- Although baby teeth eventually come out, while they’re in place, they play a crucial role in your child’s dental development. These adorable little teeth not only help your child start to navigate solid foods, but they also aid in proper speech development.
- Baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth to erupt properly. A lost baby tooth leaves an open space into which adjacent teeth start to drift. Now when the permanent tooth is ready to make its appearance, it doesn't have enough space to erupt correctly, which leads to crowding and alignment issues.
What Happens during My Child’s First Visit?
As the father of a young daughter, Dr. Pham knows that little ones can experience stress out about dental visits just like adults do. Our goal is to help build your child’s confidence by providing a stress-free, comfortable environment where they can feel safe and secure.
During the first couple of visits, you are welcome to hold your little one in your lap to give them an added sense of security. We won’t perform any treatment on your child unless and until they’re receptive to it.
Dr. Pham shows them some of the instruments, lets them look in the little mirror, gives them a ride in the dental chair, and counts their teeth. Our ceiling panels have colorful underwater scenes, and many children get lost in looking at them while we check their teeth.
These visits also benefit you because we can take the time to explain proper oral hygiene and nutrition for your child and answer your questions about issues like bottle feeding and thumb sucking habits.
Age-Appropriate Care for Your Child
As a family dentist in San Jose, Dr. Pham has the experience necessary to manage your child’s oral health needs as they develop.
- Dental sealants – We apply a thin plastic coating to the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth like molars to seal out bacteria and help prevent decay.
- Supplemental fluoride – There’s a good chance that your child already receives enough fluoride through foods and water, but Dr. Pham may recommend a topical fluoride application to further strengthen and protect your child’s teeth.
We are also pleased to work with a network of some of the top pediatric dentists and orthodontists in the area. In some cases, we may refer your child to ensure they get the highest quality care.
Call to Schedule Your Child’s First Appointment
If it’s time for your child’s first visit or you have questions about their oral health, please call our San Jose dental office at (408) 287-8880 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Pham. We look forward to welcoming your little one to our dental family!