The Foundation for a “Forever Smile: A Guide to Pediatric Dentistry at Our Office
We at Royal Dental Practice say that “your smile is forever.” And that forever beautiful and healthy smile is ideally created in childhood. When children are exposed to good habits that promote oral health, these behaviors tend to “stick.” Additionally, visiting our office in West Hills, California, will be like “second nature” to your child. Since your child will “grow up” in our dental practice, they will not fear or be anxious about visiting us for the care they need.
The Value of Pediatric Dentistry
Our team enjoys treating children–and it shows! We know how to motivate them, speak in a way that isn’t scary, and “model” or demonstrate things like good cleaning techniques.
Even before your child can use a toothbrush, we will get to know your family. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first visit be scheduled no later than a child’s first birthday. These visits are about helping parents and caregivers on how to best clean emerging baby teeth or gums, “tooth-friendly” nutrition, and habits or behaviors to avoid.
During regular visits, we confirm that your child’s teeth and jaws are developing “on schedule.” Healthy baby or “primary” teeth help guide permanent teeth into proper positions. Properly aligned teeth are not only easier to clean, but they also support healthy breathing, an attractive facial appearance, and many other functions.
Preventative Dentistry for Kids
We’ve highlighted some of the services fundamental to preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other damaging oral problems.
- Dental check-ups – These routine visits are scheduled at least twice a year. They include a comprehensive examination by our gentle and skilled dentist, Dr. Roya Shoffet-Yaghoubian. She has the knowledge and technologies to pinpoint and address problems at their earliest stages before they cause pain or damage. These interventions are less invasive, easier on the patient, and more affordable than restorative treatments to treat later-stage dental disease.
- Prophylaxis – During your check-up, our dental hygienists will provide the “prophy” service, a fancy way of referring to the “professional cleaning.” We painlessly remove the causes of gum disease and cavities from the teeth and gumline. By keeping bacteria, plaque, and tartar under control, your child’s attractive, comfortable, and healthy smile is maintained.
- Fluoride treatment – We supplement fluoride from the water supply or toothpaste with specialized rinses, gels, foams, and other professional products. The amount of fluoride prescribed to your child depends on factors such as age, presence of active disease, and risk factors for conditions like cavities. Fluoride is a safe and powerful way to maintain or restore the minerals in the enamel that protects and covers our teeth.
- Dental sealants – Sealants are a proven way to prevent cavities in decay-prone areas, such as the premolars and molars at the back of the mouth. These teeth contain fissures that tend to trap food debris. The sealant is a safe material applied as a liquid to clean, dry teeth. Once hardened, it literally “seals out” food and other substances responsible for decay.
A Case of Fused Primary Teeth at the Royal Dental Practice
It is interesting because if you look at this x-ray, the two roots are attached, the crowns are attached, and this is how it appears in the mouth.
This is a very rare incidence, and it only occurs in 0.5% of the population.
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Parents and caregivers also have peace of mind; we offer options to encourage healthy development, such as space maintainers following early tooth loss. We prioritize preserving the natural teeth with dental fillings and other safe, natural-looking dental restorations; however, extractions may be recommended for cases like impacted wisdom teeth.
Little Carmelo is our best patient ever! Check out his proud smile after his teeth cleaning!
Dr. Shoffet: How are you doing?
Carmelo: Good! My doctor cleaned my teeth today and they are super white – look!
Dr. Shoffet: Wow, I love it!
Carmelo: And plus I have some big news…
Dr. Shoffet: Wow, what is that?
Carmelo: I’m going to be a big brother!
Dr. Shoffet: Wow, wow I love that news! What’s the name going to be?
Dr. Shoffet: Oh my goodness, congratulations! You are going to make the best brother ever!
Carmelo: And guess what it is? It’s a girl!
Dr. Shoffet: Love it Carmelo – always love seeing you here!
Carmelo: Thank you!
Dr. Shoffet: Best patient ever, you are welcome!
A Happy Little Princess after Getting a Cavity Done at the Royal Dental Practice
Doctor Shoffet – Hi, everyone. This is the cavity of Violet that she presented. She is four years, and she had a cavity on one of her primary molars; and we prepped it to do the composite filling, and she lives happily ever after. She has a white tooth, a perfect pearly tooth.
Happy tooth fairy visit to Dr Roya Shoffet – Patient Testimonial
Great, you did a wonderful job.
Best kid experience in dental office – Patient testimonial
What did she do to your teeth? “She did something and it’s like clean now, and no more cavities”.
It’s always a pleasure to have you with us, Carmelo . Thumbs up!