Our pediatric patients come to our Roseville, CA office as young as two years old. Starting regular dental checkups from an early age will make your child a confident, happy dental patient for life!
With 35 years of experience and vast knowledge, Dr. Kelly and our team strive to make your child's visit with us fun and enjoyable. Your child's appointment will not be rushed, with plenty of time to talk to Dr. Kelly about any concerns you may have regarding your child's dental care.
Our Roseville, CA dental office is passionate and dedicated to making your child feel like they are at home. Our caring staff will take care of your child and make them feel welcome and comfortable.
Your Child’s Experience
Children should have regular cleanings every six months. The benefits of starting children early is checking for orthodontic concerns, caries, eruption of permanent teeth, and teaching children the benefits of oral health.
During appointments, children receive lots of praise and explanations. Dr. Kelly or the dental assistant will introduce a tool to the child and demonstrates how it will be used before the work begins. Answering questions honestly, but with special terms, also helps.
We try to make children’s experience pleasant by allowing the children to participate, such as wearing gloves and masks, and sometimes helping suction. We also have a toy cupboard that has over 20 items to choose from, letting them pick fun prizes after each successful visit.
Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits at Home
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by Dr. Kelly or another healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Getting to know your teeth is fun!
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Kelly will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact our Roseville office immediately.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits to our office help keep tooth decay away. Your child should visit Dr. Kelly’s office every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.