Children’s Dentistry

Selma Sunshine Dental

Mandeep Sandhu, DDS

Dentist located in Selma, CA

A trip to the dentist is often hard on both children and parents. At Selma Sunshine Dental in Selma, California, Mandeep Sandhu, DDS, and his team do their best to make each patient feel welcomed and relaxed. The team provides high-quality care for children of all ages, including toddlers and teens. To schedule your child’s next visit, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Children’s Dentistry Q & A

When should my child have their first visit?

You should schedule your child’s first dentist visit after they get their first tooth or have their first birthday, whichever comes first. Waiting too late can leave your child at risk of baby bottle tooth decay or cavities. 

Dental exams are an essential part of preventive medicine for children. Many adult issues like misaligned and crooked teeth can be detected early, allowing you and your dentist to plan ahead. 

The Selma Sunshine Dental team provides personalized treatment plans for patients of all ages. 

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

When young children and toddlers experience cavities, it’s usually referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. 

The sweetened drinks usually put into baby bottles, like milk and fruit juice, can cling to the teeth and cause tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay typically affects the front teeth but can affect any area of the mouth. 

What happens during my child’s dental exam?

During your child’s routine dental exam, your dentist checks for signs of cavities. They also perform routine cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar that’s built on the teeth and gum line. 

Your child’s exam is the perfect opportunity to voice any concerns you have about their oral health. Your dentist may discuss your child’s eating and brushing habits to ensure their teeth receive the proper care. 

In addition to dental exams, Selma Sunshine Dental also provides habit counseling for issues like thumbsucking and pacifier use, as well as providing dental fillings and crowns. 

How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?

Giving your child too much juice increases their risk of cavities. Drinking drinks high in sugar, especially before a nap, allows harmful bacteria to weaken the tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. 

In addition to limiting sugary drinks, proper oral hygiene, including flossing and brushing at least twice a day, are the best ways to protect your child against cavities. 

Selma Sunshine Dental can help take the stress out of your child’s next dental exam. To speak with a specialist about your child’s oral health, book an appointment by phone or online today.