Live Oak Dental Group

Children’s Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry

A healthy smile for life starts with excellent foundational oral hygiene habits. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child should first see the dentist:

  • Before your child’s first birthday
  • Within six months after his or her first tooth has erupted

Just like people of all ages, we encourage children to visit the dentist at least every six months to prevent common chronic childhood illnesses, keep smiles strong and beautiful, and establish a baseline for healthy smiles for life. 

Since we are parents, too, we understand the concerns that you may have about handling your child’s oral health needs. Sometimes, children are nervous about visiting the dentist. So, we always try to foster a clinical environment built on trust, empathy, and education for young patients.

Trust

Trust is a critical component of every positive relationship. As your child grows up, he or she is learning how to navigate the world through valuable social interactions. However, If your child has uneasy feelings about going to the dentist, he or she is not alone. Between 5-20% of children and adolescents have some form of dental anxiety or fear. While this may manifest in various ways, our dedicated team is trained to help transform anxiety and fear into trust by:
  • Creating a calm, stress-free environment
  • Using clear, kid-friendly explanations about what is going on
  • Reassuring children that their needs will be met
  • Allowing children to bring in comfort items to ease anxiety
  • Offering gentle sedation (such as laughing gas) as the last measure
Our goal is for your child to gain a healthy level of trust with our dental team so that he or she can have a generally positive association or even feel excited when visiting the dentist.

Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand and share another person’s feelings and is a powerful tool to help people connect. We also understand that when children feel understood and supported, they are more likely to stay motivated, self-aware, and advocate for themselves. 

Our team understands how your child feels, and we want to create treatment plans that help you, your child, and our dental team work together to conquer life’s most challenging moments. Also, we are passionate about teaching child how to prevent and handle oral health problems as they arise.

Education

At each visit, we will use kid-friendly language to explain how to keep the teeth and gums healthy, including teaching your child about:

  • Regular dental exams and cleanings to prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental health issues
  • Brushing and flossing with the right tools and techniques
  • Enjoying a delicious, balanced diet filled with vitamins and minerals for an overall healthy body

Learn More About Our Children’s Dentistry in Porterville, CA

Live Oak Dental Group offers comprehensive dental services for the entire family in a one-stop-shop location. In some cases, we may suggest applying specific techniques to preserve your child’s smile, such as:
  • Gentle sedation dentistry to relax highly nervous or fearful children
  • Fluoride treatments and dental sealants to prevent cavities
  • Dental fillings and crowns to save the natural tooth structure from cavities
Help your child achieve healthy smiles for life. Schedule a children’s dentistry appointment by sending us a message online or calling us at 559-781-0223.
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