Pediatric Dentistry in Madera, CA
In our community, we know family is so important. That is why we invite your children to Keledjian Dental. Are you looking for a pediatric dentist near me?
Busy parents and active families do not have time to schedule appointments at different dental offices, so we make it easier by welcoming family members of all ages at Keledjian Dental for evaluations, treatments, and preventative care.
If you’re looking for a dentist for your child or a dental office that serves patients of all ages, get in touch with our dental team today to schedule exams.
Continue reading to learn more about pediatric dentistry services and philosophies at Keledjian Dental.
- At what age should my child see the dentist?
- What should I expect during my child's first dental visit?
- How can you help prevent cavities in my child?
- What types of dental services do you offer children?
- Can my child benefit from sealants or supplemental fluoride?
At what age should my child see the dentist?
Starting your little one off on the right foot is essential to lifelong oral health. By getting started at a young age, we can more easily manage any dental problems that arise and create a positive dental experience starting with their first visit to our Madera dental office.
We recommend bringing your little one in by the age of three for their first dental appointment. Of course, if you have a child you would like us to see earlier, we are happy to schedule an exam!
At Keledjian Dental, we love treating little smiles and building long-term relationships with the children we treat. It is our goal to make your child look forward to seeing the dentist and visiting our dental office.
What should I expect during my child's first dental visit?
At your child’s first visit, we will go slowly and help them get used to the sights and sounds of the dental office. We will count teeth, give them a ride in the chair, and take a quick peek in their mouth if they are receptive to it.
We know your child’s attention span is limited, so we will make the first visit about getting them comfortable and used to the dental office.
Our hygienist provides parents with instructions on how to take care of your child’s teeth best. You will need to help with brushing and flossing until your child has the manual dexterity to tie their shoes.
During this appointment, you are encouraged to ask questions about your child’s oral health and oral care routine at home.
We are also here if you have any questions or concerns throughout your child’s dental experience with Keledjian Dental. We want your son or daughter to feel at ease, but we want you to be confident in his or her dental care in Madera as well.
How can you help prevent cavities in my child?
As soon as your child cooperates or feels comfortable, we offer professional dental cleaning. This service ensures the removal of all of the plaque and tartar caused by the food they eat. Additionally, stubborn tartar and bacteria are difficult or impossible to remove entirely through brushing and flossing.
We also take x-rays on our pediatric patients to look for things like decay and to make sure their permanent teeth are coming in correctly. If we encounter a problem, we will let you know right away.
Dr. Keledjian may also make recommendations for his or her oral care routine at home or suggest reducing or eliminating certain foods and beverages that contribute to cavities.
What types of dental services do you offer children?
Your child’s dentistry and the services offered evolve as he or she ages, and as their dental needs change.
One of the most common diseases in young children is tooth decay. Tooth decay (caries) occurs when bacteria feed on the particles of food left behind from eating. They create an acidic environment that eats away at tooth enamel.
When this happens, our Madera children’s dentist, Dr. Jason Keledjian, will gently remove all traces of decay and fill your child’s tooth to protect it from bacteria. He can offer tooth-colored fillings to help your child maintain a uniform smile shade. Dr. Keledjian is skilled at treating children and keeping them completely comfortable during treatment.
Pediatric dentists can also help with cavity prevention by applying sealants to your child’s teeth. Sealants are a clear, plastic coating placed on the chewing surface of your child’s tooth. They protect the deep grooves where toothbrushes cannot reach. Sealants are easy to apply, cost-effective, and can last for up to five years.
Dr. Keledjian also offers space maintainers to fill in for teeth that have not erupted. Spacers keep the space open if your child’s Madera dentist notes that teeth may not be coming in correctly.
For older teens, we may consider Invisalign clear aligners, a series of clear braces that bring your teens teeth in line over a predetermined period.
At Keledjian Dental, we provide the right services at the right time to help your child maintain his or her smile and realize excellent dental health.
Can my child benefit from sealants or supplemental fluoride?
Would you be surprised to know that dental caries (cavities) is the most common chronic childhood illness? The good news is that there’s been a decrease in cases over the years, but the numbers are still high, considering caries are highly preventable.
If you are proactive with your child’s oral health by helping them learn how to brush and floss and make better food choices, you are on the right track. But if you’re taking all the right steps and your child still gets cavities, you should talk to your Madera dentist about protective dental sealants and supplemental fluoride applications.
Here’s a quick rundown of what each of these preventive dental treatments involves and how they benefit your child’s ongoing oral health.
Topical Fluoride Applications
Fluoride helps promote strong, healthy teeth and enamel and aids in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride can is in mouthwash, toothpaste, tap water, and fresh vegetables.
So it’s likely that your children already get enough fluoride. But if they aren’t, the deficiency will start to show up in the form of tooth decay. Your dentist can provide in-office topical fluoride applications and may also recommend supplemental rinses to use at home.
Teeth with deep grooves like molars are a trap for food debris and bacteria that lead to tooth decay. A sealant is a coating of plastic that your dentist applies to the chewing surfaces of these teeth and acts as a protective barrier.
Dentists often apply sealants on baby teeth to keep them healthy until permanent teeth emerge. Sealants may also help older children who have healthy permanent teeth.
Schedule a Children's Dental Appointment in Madera
If you’re looking for a gentle and experienced dentist in Madera who can treat your entire family, call us to schedule an exam with Dr. Jason Keledjian. His expertise and helpful team can keep your family’s smiles healthy and beautiful.