Pediatric Dentistry

At Castro Valley Dental Home, we love treating kids and young people! We want to make every visit a positive experience. Dr. Matthew Yuen has a compassionate, soothing demeanor to help even the most anxious children feel at home. Most importantly, we provide effective services, including preventive cleanings, dental x-rays, and dental sealants. We will also thoroughly explain all of our treatments so that you can make an informed decision about your child's oral health and dental care.

Exams and Cleanings

The American Dental Association recommends that children receive their first clinical examination around the time their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. Beginning good oral hygiene early on can greatly reduce the risk of tooth decay, both in your child's baby teeth and in his or her permanent teeth. From then on, you should schedule biannual visits with your child's dentist, just as you would for yourself.

At each visit, your pediatric dentist will examine your child's teeth, looking for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. Many parents are surprised to learn that kids are just as susceptible to dental disease as adults. Fortunately, regular cleanings every six months can dramatically reduce these risks.

Dental X-Rays

Regular appointments will also allow your dentist to take pediatric dental x-rays. Many parents wonder, "Are x-rays safe for children?" The truth is, they are low risk, even if your child is very young, and involve minimal radiation exposure.

There are several types of x-rays available. Bitewing x-rays reveal the upper and lower teeth in one area of a child's mouth. They are invaluable in detecting cavities and problems with the jaw bone. Periapical x-rays show the whole tooth, from the visible crown to the end of the tooth root. These x-rays for children can help diagnose problems with the roots or bone tissue. Panoramic x-rays allow us to obtain a comprehensive view of your child's entire mouth. That way, we can check for any developmental issues with all the teeth and look at any wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, or other adult teeth that may not have come in yet. 

A panoramic x-ray can also help determine when orthodontic treatments may be necessary. As your child gets older, Dr. Yuen will carefully monitor dental alignment, assist with planning orthodontic treatments, and refer you to an orthodontist when braces are required.

Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Dental sealants are a common treatment for children that can help prevent active tooth decay. Sealants are a liquid plastic coating, which your dentist will apply to the back teeth. After it hardens, the sealant will help keep bacteria from invading the teeth and causing cavities. Sealants cause no discomfort and have no side effects.

Fluoride is a vital mineral that helps to fortify tooth enamel. Although it is found in most city water supplies and some foods, your child may not consume enough fluoride to protect his or her teeth adequately. A fluoride rinse or varnish can help to supplement natural intake and prevent cavities.

Schedule Your Child's Appointment Today

Pediatric dentistry is an essential component of your child's overall health and wellbeing. Take steps to protect your favorite little grin and schedule an appointment at Castro Valley Dental Home. You can book online or call 510-886-3888. We serve families from around the Castro Valley area, including Pleasanton, San Ramon, Tracy, Oakland, and Alameda.

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