Gentle, fear-free pediatric dentistry supports a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles
Lifelong, positive habits are developed early. Our team at Crestview Family Dental in Santa Clara, California supports these healthy habits. Led by Dr. Kavneet Bindra, we are committed to friendly, non-judgmental, gentle, and compassionate dentistry – the type of care that patients will want to return to. After all, even the most consistent brushers and flossers must see the dentist at least once every six months for complete oral exams and professional cleanings by our dental hygienists.
Patients with dental anxiety may avoid these visits. Often, apprehension is born in early childhood. There is nothing to fear here! Our pediatric patients are treated with great kindness, respect, and patience. We know how to speak with young children in ways that inspire trust, and minimize uncertainty or fear. We also like to inspire enthusiasm and positivity for keeping their mouths cavity-free and happy.
Pediatric care for a lifetime of health
All patients, regardless of age, can enjoy the wide-ranging benefits of oral health. Healthy mouths support healthy bodies, positive self-image, and confidence. However, oral health is particularly important during a child’s developmental years. During these early stages, children are acquiring so much knowledge. Teeth that are free of disease and pain support comfortable consumption of nutritious foods and proper digestion. School-aged children with healthy mouths miss fewer school days. They are able to sleep comfortably through the night without being plagued by chronic toothaches.
Also, ongoing dental check-ups in childhood – exams and cleanings – allow for Dr. Bindra to detect problems early. By intervening with issues sooner rather than later, we can even avoid the need for costly, invasive dental treatments later on. For instance, we may provide guidance on altering negative habits that can interfere with proper oral development. By effectively addressing behaviors (such as prolonged thumb-sucking), we can foster the healthy eruption of permanent teeth and proper tooth alignment.
As children get older, their needs naturally change. We tailor recommendations and adjust treatments accordingly. One thing is for sure: They never have to worry about “graduating” out of our office. Unlike dental practices that exclusively treat pediatric patients, we are proud to serve the oral health needs of all members of the household – regardless of their age or life stage. So, we are here for your child – whether she is eight or 28!
In addition to regular oral exams and professional dental cleanings, pediatric patients may at some point benefit from:
- Dental sealants – Coverings made from a safe resin that are brushed on to the back teeth to seal out food particles and bacteria that promote dental decay
- Fluoride – We advise on products to use and how to apply them as children get older; however, supplements are also available at our office to build up the tooth’s protective enamel covering and to halt the loss of minerals (associated with early-stage enamel erosion).
- Oral appliances – Mouthguards are customized to protect athletes’ teeth, lips, and other oral tissues from damage caused while playing contact sports such as soccer and basketball; custom nightguards also protect the teeth from damage if children grind their teeth while sleeping.
- Invisalign® — An alternative to fixed, silver metal braces, teens love this removable, transparent orthodontic treatment because it straightens their crooked, crowded teeth with invisible, removable aligners instead of obvious brackets and wires.
As with adult or senior patients, there is a wide range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental procedures that support our pediatric patients’ overall wellness. And, by starting on this oral health journey with us as children, Crestview Family Dental can prevent conditions and protect and maintain the health and beauty of our pediatric patients’ smiles – avoiding the need for reactive or restorative care. Call (408) 217-0727 today to schedule your child’s appointment. We look forward to meeting your family!