We know that every family and child is different. Here at Bean Tree Pediatric Dentistry, we tailor our treatment plan to your child and to the type of treatment you are looking for. We don’t “drill and fill”; we care and educate.
Preventative Pediatric Dental Visits
Do you know that tooth decay is the number-one preventable childhood disease? Prevention begins with good dental habits, the right diet and regular visits to the dentist at a very early age.
0 to Year One
Our goal is to help you and your child establish good dental habits and reduce the risk of cavities early on. This is a very informal, one-on-one visit with Dr. Mason, in which she examines your child’s mouth while you hold your child in your lap.
Dr. Mason will also talk to you about the teething process, pain-relief remedies, proper brushing techniques and diet choices that can impact dental health.
Year One to Year Three
Your visit will start with a Caries (decay) Risk Assessment to see whether your child’s teeth have cavities or are showing early signs of decay. Our team will also provide you with brushing and flossing instructions and guidance regarding nutrition and other oral habits if necessary. The right nutrition and a simple fluoride treatment may be a sufficient alternative to a future filling or restoration.
If this is the first time you’re visiting us, we’ll introduce you to the “knee-to-knee” exam method. This simply means your toddler may sit in your lap while we work, or your toddler bean may choose to sit in the chair.
Year Four to Year Ten
These are the years when teeth are developing and growing, so they need to be evaluated closely. We’ll walk you through a decay-risk assessment to determine whether your child has cavities. We’ll provide oral-hygiene instructions, address any habits and explain treatments that can prevent decay on the newly erupting permanent teeth. We will also closely examine how your child’s teeth and jaws fit together and make suggestions for any current or future orthodontic needs.
Year Eleven to Year Seventeen
Teenagers and young adults are busy these days, and visiting the dentist may not be their number-one priority. However, it’s just as important to brush, floss and maintain regular dental appointments at this age. Teens may actually have a higher rate of cavities due to frequent snacking, busy schedules and poor nutrition; and most already have all of their permanent teeth – teeth that need to last a lifetime!
We will continue to follow any orthodontic needs and ensure they are being addressed by referring your child to a trusted local orthodontist in Riverside, Avondale, San Marco or Ortega. We will send treatment records and any X-rays, and we will even schedule the appointment for you if it is more convenient.
Continuing Care for Growing Smiles
At Bean Tree Pediatric Dentistry, we cater to children of every age. And we love to educate li’l beans and their parents about good oral hygiene and nutrition, because we want you to be able to prevent dental decay and make the best choices for your child’s dental health.
Preventing cavities and other oral-health problems is easier than treating them after they occur. That’s why at Bean Tree Pediatric Dentistry preventive dental care is our focus. Preventive dental interventions like sealants, fluoridation and regular dental checkups are key to maintaining optimal oral health and a bright, healthy smile for your child. This core approach works to ensure that your child gets the preventive care needed to keep a healthy mouth.
Growth & Development Care
Every examination includes an assessment of your child’s developing teeth and any spacing or crowding of the jaw. This assessment is vital to determine whether early braces, recommended usually at around the ages of 8 to 10, may be beneficial as he or she grows. Sometimes a limited set of braces at a younger age will save you time and money in the long run. We will take the time to make an appointment for you with a trusted orthodontist and send all of your child’s records.
We will examine your child’s teeth to determine the extent of tooth decay prior to recommending restorative treatment. We will always discuss your child’s treatment options with you beforehand in full detail. Depending on the extent of the decay, the treatments may include tooth-colored composite fillings for small cavities, full-coverage restoration for teeth that have more advanced decay or, in severe cases, an extraction and appropriate space maintenance. We will provide instructions for home care and careful monitoring.
Keeping Beans Happy
We cater to each child’s unique individual needs. Our staff has excellent training in techniques for managing a child’s curiosity and short attention span. Our exam rooms always have music playing and we have toys to help create a fun distraction. We sometimes utilize nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” on a case-by-case basis. We offer I.V. Sedation if it is medically necessary. Most insurance carriers do not cover the cost of I.V. Sedation, so we encourage you to check with your insurance provider to make sure your child is covered.
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