When it comes to the health of your children, you want to be sure they are receiving the very best dental care possible. With years of experience providing pediatric dentistry, Yuki Lu, DDS, and the team at Pearl Dentistry in West Covina, California, have come to be trusted by families throughout the community. To learn more about how you can ensure your children receive the dental care they need, call the office today or use the online booking feature to schedule your first appointment.

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What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that focuses on providing dental care for infants, children, and adolescents. Just as general medical needs are often different for children compared to adults, so too can dental needs be different. 

Looking after the health of your child’s primary teeth is very important for many reasons. Not only do they allow for the proper jawbone and muscle development, but they also help your child to speak and chew normally. This can help give your child an important boost of confidence in the crucial early years of life. In addition, a whole host of problems can occur if your child’s primary teeth become decayed or fall out too soon, including negatively impacting your child’s overall general health. 

What are common pediatric dental services?

Pediatric dentistry encompasses a wide range of dental needs and services. Dr. Lu works to ensure that your child’s teeth and mouth are developing properly, addresses any issues as they arise, and also educates your child about proper oral care habits from a young age. This includes protecting your child’s teeth from cavities, performing preventative procedures, cosmetic crowns, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and much more. 

In addition, Dr. Lu works to protect your child from baby bottle tooth decay, which occurs when breastfeeding or bottle-feeding continues for too long, as well as other forms of commonly occurring pediatric gum inflammation. 

Dr. Lu is known for her caring approach, helping to put her pediatric patients at ease. If necessary, she provides dental anesthesiology services as well as nitrous oxide in order to help maintain comfort. In addition, Dr. Lu and the team at Pearl Dentistry offer emergency pediatric services for those unexpected dental emergencies. 

What can I expect at my child’s dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children have their first dental visit by the time they turn 12 months of age and continue regular dental checkups every six months following. Dr. Lu takes great care to create a welcoming and relaxing environment for each child in order to remove any anxiety they may feel about a trip to the dentist. 

This includes refraining from using language that may cause fear such as “needle,” “drill,” or “pull,” and replacing it with alternate language that conveys the same meaning but in a more positive manner. With the right approach, a trip to the dentist with your child can be a fun experience for both of you. 

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, call the team at Pearl Dentistry today, or use the online scheduling feature to book your child’s first appointment.