Pediatric Dentistry

MY Dental Place

Mary Anne Yu, DMD

Family Dentist located in Sunnyvale, CA

Good oral hygiene starts when children are young. In homes everywhere, the question, “Did you brush your teeth?” has become part of the nightly routine. The day a baby’s first tooth erupts begins the journey to a lifetime of oral health needs. Start your child on the path to good oral health with Dr. Mary Anne Yu at MY Dental Place in Sunnyvale, California. Go online to book an appointment or call the office today.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

Can general dentists be trained in pediatric dentistry?

Yes, all general dentists are educated in pediatric dentistry as part of their dental school training. Some students plan to go into practice to only treat children and do postgraduate training in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Yu at MY Dental Place in Sunnyvale, California, loves to help whole families, including children and teens, attain and maintain excellent oral health.

What kinds of dental services are available for children?

Although there is special attention to make sure teeth are growing incorrectly, there is little difference between adult and pediatric dental treatments. Common dental treatments for children include:

  • Examinations of teeth and gums, including routine X-rays
  • Restorative care when needed, such as fillings
  • Dental sealants to prevent decay
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Flouride treatments
  • Simple extractions, if needed

How often should my child see the dentist?

The general recommendation for dental checkups for children is every six months. Babies can visit the dentist as soon as six months after the first tooth comes in. The next time you are in for your dental appointment with Dr. Yu, you may want to talk to her about her recommendations for your kids. She can give you tips to help your children embrace the importance of good routine at-home oral care.

What are dental space maintainers?

A space maintainer is a custom-made dental appliance used as a placeholder for a permanent tooth when the primary or “baby” tooth was knocked out in an accident or removed due to advanced decay. The space maintainer can be fixed or removable. Not all cases require a space maintainer though. Dr. Yu examines your child and determines whether the tooth was lost too soon and requires a space maintainer.

Should children get fluoride treatments?

Fluoride treatments are important for children and adults, however, they’re especially important for children to help combat tooth decay. Fluoride can protect teeth from the combination of bacteria and sugar, which ultimately produces acid that wears away tooth enamel. Fluoride cannot only serve as a barrier to bacteria, but also can reverse early signs of tooth decay.

Go online or call MY Dental Place today to book your child’s appointment.