Pediatric Dentistry in Torrance and San Pedro

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If you're debating whether it's time you bring your child in for their first dental appointment, Total Family Dental Group is the place for you. Our seasoned pediatric dentist, Dr. Paulina Nguyen, and team are uniquely qualified to care for the smiles of children of all ages, including infants. Whether your child needs fluoride and sealants or a thorough dental cleaning, you can rest assured that our team will work to ensure your child's smile looks and feels its best.

We've served as a trusted pediatric dentist to Torrance and San Pedro residents for years. A crucial component of our dental care is that we create genuine relationships with our patients. As such, we'll care for your child as we would our own and work to make them feel comfortable and relaxed during each visit. Call or visit us today to schedule your child's next appointment and give them the quality pediatric dentistry they deserve!


What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

Although many people have heard of a pediatric dentist, they may not know what the title encompasses. A pediatric dentist is an individual who has the training and skills to cater to the dental needs of infants, toddlers, and adolescents.

Typically, pediatric dentists undergo an additional 2-3 years of child-specific dental training on top of completing formal dental school requirements. One of the defining features of pediatric dentists is that they also study child psychology to help them better communicate and connect with children.

5 Reasons to Visit a Pediatric Dentist

Having your child see a pediatric dentist can help ensure their smile develops correctly, among other things. If you're unsure whether pediatric dentistry is right for your child, there are various advantages you should first consider. Our team is more than happy to outline some of the reasons that your child should visit our pediatric dentist, including:

  1. Educating your child on how to care for their smile at home
  2. Providing you an avenue to ask questions about your child's dental health
  3. Determining if your child is at risk for developing cavities
  4. Preventing your child from developing dental problems
  5. Discovering how to start an oral-care routine at home

Our Extensive Pediatric Dental Services

Over the years, we've improved our pediatric dentistry offerings to cover everything from comprehensive treatment options to skilled early detection. When your child first visits our office, Dr. Nguyen will begin by conducting an extensive oral exam that looks at their teeth, gums, and jawbones. The oral exam helps us better understand the overall condition of their smile, as well as how it's developing. From there, our pediatric dentist will create your child's personalized treatment plan.

Our pediatric dentist services encompass:

Prevention: Our practice's preventive dental care will help your child avoid dental complications like cavities. Through dental tools like fluoride and sealants, our pediatric dentist can strengthen your child's tooth enamel and encourage proper development.

Treatment: As your pediatric dentist, we offer various child-centric treatment options. For example, we can perform tooth extractions on baby teeth if their remaining in your child's smile would prove detrimental. Whatever treatment option you select, you can rest assured that your child's safety will be our highest priority.

Education: A crucial component of our dental care is education. Our dental staff will take the time to provide you and your child with step-by-step instructions on how to care for their smile at home. We'll advise you on selecting the right toothbrush and toothpaste while giving you tips on thumb-sucking cessation and diet changes.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

At Total Family Dental Group, we never want you to have questions that go unanswered. Our Torrance pediatric dentistry team will take the time to answer your questions. Some frequently asked questions about pediatric dentistry include:

How can I get my child ready for their first visit?

Typically, children have little to no exposure to dentistry before their first visit. Using a washcloth on your child's gums during bath time, in a brushing motion, can help prepare them for brushing their future teeth. Additionally, treating oral care as fun can make your child's transition to caring for their smile that much easier.

Typically, a child's first teeth can erupt between 6-8 months old. It's important that you watch for signs of tooth development like teething.

Our practice recommends weaning your child off bottle feeding around 12 to 14 months of age. However, you should first consult with your pediatrician before making any changes to your child's feeding schedule.

A Compassionate Pediatric Dentist You Can Trust

At Total Family Dental Group, we're passionate about helping improve and protect the oral health of children of all ages. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Paulina Nguyen, brings a wealth of child-centric experience and skills to your corner. We can't wait to meet your son or daughter and help make visiting the dentist less intimidating and more comfortable. Contact us today to schedule your child's next appointment with our Torrance and San Pedro pediatric dentistry team!


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