At Primary Dental, we treat you and your kids like family. We strive to make every experience as professional as possible, yet comfortable and fun for children. Our dental office is the most kid-friendly family dentist around town.
We have a state of the art office and a gentle, experienced, bilingual staff specializing in English, Spanish, and Hindi. There is a flat screen TV in every room as well as a unique kid-friendly design.
Other features of our kid-friendly dental office:
- Dedicated themed areas and treatment rooms catered to children, including cleaning area where siblings can be together and private treatment rooms.
- Watch cartoons while getting treatment with TVs above every chair.
- Parents welcome during treatment.
- Multiple doctors to get sibling appointments at the same time.
- To help ease the child’s anxiety, “laughing gas” and other options are available.
- Child gets prize/toy at end of cleaning or treatment.
- Child gets electric spin brush every third cleaning visit and new manual toothbrush every cleaning visit.
- Same day treatment when available.
- Can see the whole family with separate adult treatment areas.
Children’s Dental Services
When your baby is born, his or her first set of teeth(babyteeth) are already formed under the surface of their gums. These teeth will begin to push through their gums around 6 months old. Babyteeth are important for eating, talking and smiling. They also “hold the space” for adult teeth. It is important to implement good oral health habits as soon as possible with children. Here are some guidelines to help you do this:
- Age 0-2
Begin by gently cleaning your child’s mouth and gums with a soft cloth, before they even have any teeth. This will keep their gums clean and it will also get them used to having something in their mouth cleaning their teeth as the teeth start to come in. Do not allow your child to develop habits of going to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup, as this often starts a cycle of decay early in your child’s teeth.
- Age 2-4
This is a good time to introduce your child to the dentist. An easy way to do this in a fun, non-threatening way is to bring them with you to your own routine check up and cleaning. Your child can watch you and the dentist interact. They will see the dentist looking in your mouth, cleaning your teeth, etc. If your child is comfortable, the dentist could have a quick look in their mouth while they sit on your lap in the dental chair. Doing this a few times with you will help your child understand that the dentist is not “scary”. Also, at this age, your child should begin brushing their teeth twice a day with a child-sized, soft bristle toothbrush. You will want to be involved with this process, making sure the teeth are brushed thoroughly. Also, you will want to teach your child to spit the toothpaste out and not allow them to swallow it.
- Age 5-7
Children should be having a dental exam and cleaning twice a year by this age. Bitewing x-rays, which allow the dentist to detect cavities in individual teeth, are recommended once a year. A panoramic x-ray which allows the dentist to see an x-ray of your child’s entire mouth, including the developing adult teeth, should be taken once every 2-3 years. Sealants will be recommended as molars start growing in. The dentist will begin to evaluate for orthodontic(braces) needs during this age as well.
- Age 8-14
Children should continue to see dentist twice a year for routine exams. Sealants will be recommended as second molars begin to emerge. Orthodontics are usually started during this time period as well. Continue to encourage good oral hygiene at this time, brushing and flossing everyday.
- Age 15-18
Children should continue with routine exams and cleanings every 6 months. Wisdom teeth will be addressed toward the end of this age range, evaluating whether they need to be removed or not. Also, it is important to continue teaching and encouraging good oral hygiene through this and all stages of childhood.
Dental Procedures Available for Children
- Routine dental cleanings.
- Esthetic tooth colored restorations/fillings.
- Porcelain crowns for teenage patients.
- Tooth Extractions.
- Phase 1 orthodontics (early intervention braces).
- Phase 2 orthodontics (complete cases).
- Custom athletic mouthguards and night guards.
- Digital X-rays, 3D cone beam technology.
- Silver Diamine Fluoride treatments.
- and more.
We accept most major dental insurances, for children’s dental work, including: Delta, Aetna, Cigna, Metlife, Guardian, Blue Cross/Blue Shields, Medicaid, CHP+ and many others. If your insurance carrier is not listed, please call, and we’d be more than happy to answer any insurance questions.