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Mission Family Dentistry
Sean K. Odenwalder, D.M.D.
"Where everybody knows your name"
Call: (760) 439-5515

Pediatric Dentistry

Your children are special. You want to help them have a healthy happy start. Beginning regular dental care at an early age is an important step.
 
At our office you are an important part of your child’s dental care. We involve both children and parents throughout the dental experience. Our goal is to provide personal comprehensive dental care to our patients. Our staff is carefully selected and trained to work with children.
 
Prevention through education about good oral health is our primary focus. We use the best equipment, techniques, and materials to ensure your child’s comfort and care. We strive to maintain a friendly and safe dental environment for your children.
 
How often should your child have a dental exam and cleaning?
 
Your child should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.
 
Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your child's teeth and gums. At these visits, your child's teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. These include:
 
  • Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your overall health and also your dental health.
  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
  • Review dietary habits: Your child's eating habits play a very important role in their dental health.
 
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.

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