Pediatric Dentistry

Smile Plant

General Dentists located in Santa Clara, CA

When it comes to pediatric dentistry, you want to make sure your younger family members are in safe and experienced hands. At Smile Plant in Santa Clara, California, knowledgeable dentist Joseph Kim, DDS, has extensive experience treating children and adolescents and providing all levels of empathic and attentive care. Dr. Kim has helped to create numerous healthy, young smiles. Click online or call Smile Plant to book an appointment today.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has expertise and specializes in dental health care for children through adolescence. At Smile Plant, the caring dental professionals offer personalized and effective dental care for children and adolescents.

Children’s dental care involves more customized approaches to assist and guide their dental development and growth. A pediatric dentist like Dr. Kim also provides in-depth preventive dental care and education.

Dr. Kim has worked as a periodontist and anesthesia provider in an operating room setting for over three years. He has ample experience working with children.

What are the advantages of a child’s pediatric dental visit?

Much of a pediatric dental visit is centered around preventive care and educating both parent and child on how to best take care of gums and teeth for optimal oral health. Dr. Kim zones in on how to prevent gum disease, cavities, and many other complications.

Dr. Kim knows the importance of maintaining the health of baby teeth, or primary teeth. Children need primary teeth for:

  • Speech
  • Chewing and eating
  • Properly guiding permanent teeth into place
  • Assisting the healthy development of jawbones and muscles 

With babies and children, front teeth typically last until around age 7, while back teeth can last until age 13. Untreated cavities can cause dental problems that negatively affect the development of children’s permanent teeth. A pediatric dental visit enables Dr. Kim to identify problems and address any issues.

During your child’s pediatric dental visit, Dr. Kim gently cleans their gums and teeth and removes any buildup of debris or plaque, particularly from areas you or your child have difficulty reaching during your teeth cleanings and self-care at home.

How often do children need to see a pediatric dentist?

Most dentists recommend dental checkups for children every six months starting at age 1. Your child might need more frequent treatments and visits if they have:

  • Other dental health complications
  • Unusual growth patterns
  • An increased risk of tooth decay
  • Poor oral hygiene

Regular teeth cleanings can prevent tooth decay and gum irritation. Smile Plant offers professional cleanings, in-office state-of-the-art digital X-rays, and sealants, all in a positive, comfortable, and welcoming environment for children.

You can prevent complications and more involved and expensive dental work in the future by teaching your child good oral habits and dental hygiene and working with Dr. Kim to keep their teeth as healthy as possible.

 Book your child’s pediatric dentistry visit at Smile Plant by calling the office or scheduling online today.