At the office of San Marcos Family Dental, the health and development of your child's smile are our top priorities. Our
goals are to help children establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral health and experience the
benefits of healthy, beautiful smiles.
Excellent Oral Health Begins With Good Oral Care
All parents want what's best for their families. When good oral care, including routine
checkups, start at an early age, our office can closely monitor the development and
health of your
child's smile as they grow. It's essential to keep in mind that preventive care and timely treatment for
emerging dental issues not only helps to ensure ongoing oral health but also supports overall
contributes to a positive self-image.
You can rest assured that your child's smile is in the best of hands at our office! We provide gentle
care in an environment that's comfortable, warm, and engaging. At the office of San Marcos Family Dental, we
comprehensive range of dental services designed to address the dental needs of children of all ages.
your little one's first trip to the dentist, a routine visit, treatment for a
emergency, or more, we're well equipped to provide the care that's needed.
We take a proactive approach and emphasize the importance of dental prevention as the key to good oral
provide you and your child with the resources as well as the tools to establish an effective brushing
routine and offer nutritional guidance and advice on potentially harmful oral habits. Our entire team
make each visit with your child a positive, informative, and beneficial experience.
The Importance Of Regular Checkups And Routine Care
Studies show that children and teens lose an estimated 51 million school hours each year to dental problems.
your child maintain optimal oral health and a smile that's healthy and bright, we recommend dental checkups
cleanings twice a year.
As skilled and compassionate providers of care, we understand all aspects of dental development and are
the unique needs of children. At each periodic exam, a member of our professional team will review your
medical and dental history and then perform a thorough clinical assessment of the teeth, gums, jaws, and the
surrounding oral tissues. We'll also check your child's bite, jaw alignment, and function.
Because it's vital to see what's going on below the surface, we'll take digital radiographs as needed, to
the presence of any cavities, or infection and to evaluate the position of your child's developing teeth and
health of jaw bone. We'll also perform a professional dental cleaning to eliminate any plaque or debris that
accumulated between the teeth or in hard to reach places.
Tooth Decay Is The Single Most Common Chronic Childhood Disease
At every stage of your child's development, we'll advise you on the most effective methods of keeping his or
teeth clean and discuss the foods, beverages, and harmful oral habits that can lead to problems. While it
difficult sometimes to get children into a regular oral hygiene routine, we'll give you tips and advice on
make brushing and flossing a fun part of their daily activities. As your trusted partner you can rely on the
of San Marcos Family Dental to keep a close watch on your child's oral health and development.
By following these simple guidelines, you can help your child maintain optimal oral health and develop a
attitude towards dental care:
Establishing a dental partnership when your child is small
Keeping your baby's and toddler's teeth clean
Not allowing your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice.
Bringing your child to the dentist for routine checkups and care
Leading by example and encouraging the recommended tooth brushing and flossing routine
Promoting wise dietary choices and healthy snacking, including replacing sugary drinks with water and limiting sweets
Providing supportive guidance to help your child put away their pacifier and stop thumb or finger sucking at the appropriate time
Making sure your child wears a mouthguard when playing specific sports
Your Baby's Smile
Even before your child is born, your little one's first set of teeth is already forming. As a matter of
time your baby is a year old, some of the front teeth will have already emerged into place. For this reason,
essential to establish an oral care routine at an early age. As per the recommendations of the American
Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents are encouraged to have their baby see
dentist around the time of their first birthday.
More On Dental Care For Children and Teens
Childhood is a time of incredible physical and emotional changes. As kids go through several stages of
so do their teeth. Many things, including both genetic and environmental factors, contribute to the health
appearance of your child's smile. While some issues cannot be prevented, there's still a lot you can do to
ensure your child experiences optimal oral health and develops an attractive, functional smile. Our office
sure your children are instructed in the best methods for caring for their teeth and will provide them with
age-appropriate information on following a healthy diet as well as make them aware of which oral habits and
activities may be harmful to their teeth and overall well being.
Assessing Facial Growth And Dental Development
In addition to checking for the presence of dental disease, we also monitor your child's facial growth, jaw
development, and alignment of their smile. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, we'll advise you of our
recommendations for care. Since many children and teens wear braces, paying
attention to what they eat and how they maintain their oral hygiene is of the utmost importance.
Good nutrition is essential for a healthy smile
Beyond good oral hygiene and routine dental care, a balanced, nutritious diet is essential for a healthy
growing child. Sticky, sugary foods and drinks are not only harmful to children's oral health but also
to their overall well-being. A diet rich in nutrients is critical for optimal growth and development and
teeth and gums strong.
FAQs On The Topic Of Your Baby's Smile
+When will my baby's first tooth appear?
A baby's first teeth begin to appear in the 6 to 12-month range. Typically, it's the two
ones that appear first. The baby teeth come into place from the front of the mouth and then
the back. With that said, most children will get all of their baby teeth by the time they
+How should I clean my baby's new teeth?
For babies with new teeth just emerging, we may recommend just a washcloth or infant
start. As your baby grows and more teeth come into place, an age-appropriate soft bristled
and a tiny dab of toothpaste will be recommended. One word of caution; be careful that your
does not swallow the dab of toothpaste. When your child gets older, we will teach him or her
about the responsibilities of self-care and oral hygiene.
+What should I do if my baby is teething?
While getting teeth is an important milestone in a baby's development, it's essential to be
that teething can make a baby quite irritable. Your little one may act fussy, have trouble
avoid eating, and drool quite a bit. While you are powerless to speed up the process of
there are a few things that you can do to soothe your baby as their new teeth are erupting
place. Common approaches to helping your baby feel more comfortable while getting their new
include safe teething rings, a cold spoon, or a moist gauze rubbed over their gums.
can always call our office if you have any concerns.
+Why are baby teeth so important?
The first set of teeth not only makes it possible for your baby to smile, eat, and speak, but
also play the critical role of serving as placeholders for the permanent teeth. Losing a
too early can potentially result in a misaligned smile.
+Can babies develop tooth decay?
When caring for your child's smile, it's important to remember that baby teeth are just as
susceptible as the permanent teeth to decay. In fact, more than 50% of children develop
before the age of five. Not only does tooth decay pose a risk to the health of the involved
teeth, but untreated cavities can also have consequences for your child's overall well-being
permanent teeth that are yet to come into place.
+What is baby bottle syndrome?
Baby bottle syndrome, which is also known as nursing bottle syndrome, refers to the rampant
decay that results from babies sleeping with a bottle containing milk or juice. While the
most prevalent in the front teeth of the upper jaw, extensive dental work is typically
restore the toddler's oral health and prevent infections. New parents are advised not to let
baby sleep with a bottle or at least swap the juice or milk for water.
+Will thumb or finger sucking affect the
my child's smile?
Some children persist in sucking their thumbs or fingers beyond their preschool years. For
children, the activity continues to be a source of comfort, relaxation, and security. It may
help them fall asleep at night. However, it's essential to be aware that in the long-term, a
sucking habit is not healthy.
If your child is still thumb or finger sucking by the age of five or six years, it's time to
constructively help them stop the habit. If it has caused any alterations to the alignment
teeth or jaws, or if it is affecting your child's speech or swallowing patterns, it's likely
child requires orthodontic care.
FAQs As Your Child Grows
+How often should my child have a dental
The American Dental Association advises parents to bring their kids in for a routine checkup
preventive care once every six months. At this time, our dentist will examine the teeth,
jaws to assess your child's overall dental health and development. Your child will also have
dental cleaning performed in addition to receiving age-appropriate oral hygiene instructions
nutritional guidance. If any emerging issues are detected, our office will provide the
required to address these problems early in their onset.
+What if my child is anxious and has difficulty
At the office of San Marcos Family Dental, we take pride in providing gentle, compassionate care in
environment that is designed with comfort in mind. However, every child is different. While
children, a trip to the dentist is taken in stride; for others, it can present challenges
produce significant anxiety. If your child is apprehensive, has a medical condition, special
or difficulty sitting in a dental chair, we can discuss the best choices for the provision
and options in dental sedation.
+Why are back-to-school checkups so
Helping your child start the school year on the right foot not only means getting the correct
supplies, but it also involves making sure your child is in the best of health. One key to
setbacks during the academic year is to make sure your child's smile is in tip-top shape! At
office of San Marcos Family Dental, we specialize in addressing the dental needs of children as
helping them establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health.
+What causes cavities?
Cavities develop when plaque is not consistently removed from around the teeth and gums. Due
inadequate oral hygiene practices and dietary habits, children are especially prone to
cavities. As an added level of protection against tooth decay in children, our office
recommends periodic fluoride treatments and
+What is a space maintainer?
Sometimes, due to tooth decay or a traumatic injury, a child may lose a primary tooth early,
the permanent one underneath is ready to come into place. When this happens, our dentist
consider the best way to hold the space left by the baby tooth in order to maintain a clear
the succeeding adult tooth. Sometimes a small dental appliance, known as a space maintainer,
required to make sure the permanent tooth does not become crowded out of the dental arch or
by shifting adjacent teeth.
+When is the best time to begin orthodontic
In addition to checking for the presence of dental disease, harmful oral habits, as well as
presence of other unhealthy activities or conditions, our office will also monitor your
facial growth, jaw development, and alignment of their smile. If orthodontic treatment is
we'll advise you of our recommendations for care. One common misconception regarding
treatment is to wait until all of the permanent teeth (except the wisdom teeth) are present.
However, most problems involving the alignment of the teeth and jaw growth can be identified
time a child is in the first or second grade. For this reason, the American Association of
Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check up with an orthodontic specialist no
than age 7.
+What's the best way to protect a child's smile
If your child or teen plays sports, a sports mouthguard is an
excellent idea. Properly fitted, mouthguards are a fundamental component of protective
and have been demonstrated to reduce trauma to the teeth, tongue, lips, and jaws. Based on
child's involvement in a particular sport, we'll advise you on the most appropriate
protect his or her smile.
+Why are dental sealants recommended?
After your child's permanent molars and premolars come into place, we typically recommend the
placement of dental sealants. As an ultra-thin, clear coating that is painlessly applied to
biting surfaces and grooves on the back teeth, dental sealants block the bacteria and acids
+Will my child's wisdom teeth require
Wisdom teeth, which are also known as the third molars, are the last permanent teeth to
the oral cavity as well as the final ones to come into place. However, as is often the case,
wisdom teeth do not have sufficient room to erupt, are not developing correctly, or are
issues for the adjacent teeth and the surrounding tissues. If the wisdom teeth are not fully
partially impacted, they tend to emerge between the ages of 17 and 21 years. At every
our office will monitor the development and position of your child's wisdom teeth recommend
when any extractions are indicated.
+What if my child has a dental emergency?
Recognizing the fact that children have active lifestyles means there is always a chance an
involving a hit or blow to the mouth or teeth can occur. These traumatic injuries can happen
home, in the playground, or on the playing field. Common injuries to the teeth and oral
in a pediatric dental office include everything from soft tissue lacerations of the lips,
tongue to chipped, fractured, dislodged, or "knocked out" teeth.
Equally frequent reasons for children to require urgent dental care are painful toothaches,
infections, and mouth ulcerations. Whatever your child's dental
emergency may be, you can rely on our office to provide skilled,
compassionate, and reliable care. Our goal is to get your child back on the road to oral
while alleviating any associated discomfort and preventing more serious consequences to
health and overall well-being.
+Why choose the office of
San Marcos Family Dental
At the office of San Marcos Family Dental, we welcome patients of all ages for care and provide a
comprehensive range of services designed to address the needs of every member of your
passionate about what we do and maintain a position at the forefront of advances in
offer our patients the best options in care. You can depend on our office to help you and
children enjoy good oral health. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our
us a call today.