Long N Phan, DMD, FAGD
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Murrieta, CA
Routine pediatric dentistry appointments provide a convenient way to protect your child’s oral health. Regular checkups can alert you to potential problems and help your child establish good oral hygiene prior to adulthood. At TLC Dental in Murrieta, California, Long Phan, DMD, and the team provide pediatric dentistry to infants, children, and teens. Book an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.
Pediatric Dentistry Q & A
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry provides comprehensive oral health care for children and teens. It includes various services, including preventive screenings, oral exams, teeth cleaning, and orthodontics.
Pediatric dentists, like Dr. Phan at TLC Dental, receive extensive training. They complete four years of traditional dental school, followed by two years of residency in pediatrics.
What services does pediatric dentistry offer?
Dr. Phan and the TLC Dental team offer an array of pediatric dentistry services, including:
An oral exam assesses the health of your child’s teeth, gums, and tongue. During an exam, Dr. Phan inspects all areas of your child’s mouth using a small mirror. If he detects cavities, gum disease, or other potential problems, he develops a treatment plan right away.
Oral X-rays use safe amounts of radiation to provide detailed photographs of your child’s tooth roots, alveolar bone, and jaws. They allow Dr. Phan to detect issues that occur under the gum line, like deep decay, pulp damage, and impacted wisdom teeth.
Teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth and from above and below their gum line. After cleaning your child’s teeth, their provider polishes and flosses their teeth and applies a fluoride treatment if prescribed.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that protect the surfaces of your child’s teeth. They prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar and keep harmful bacteria from causing decay. Your child might benefit from dental sealants if they have a history of cavities.
Fluoride is a mineral in most tap water. It helps fortify your child’s enamel, lowering the risk of chips, cracks, and decay. If your child has a history of cavities, Dr. Phan might recommend a fluoride treatment.
Orthodontics uses custom oral appliances like braces or clear aligners to straighten your child’s teeth. It provides a safe and effective way to address various issues, such as crowding, gaps between teeth, or a malpositioned bite.
Fillings and crowns
Fillings repair damage to your child’s tooth enamel caused by decay. If your child has deep decay, the team also offers CEREC® same-day crowns. A crown covers your child’s tooth, restoring its size, shape, and appearance.
Wisdom tooth removal
Wisdom tooth removal is an outpatient procedure that extracts one or more of your child’s wisdom teeth. Removing the wisdom teeth promotes good oral hygiene and lowers the risk of impaction, crowding, and other potential problems.
When should I make a pediatric dentistry appointment for my child?
Try to schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment for your child as soon as their first tooth comes in or right after their first birthday, whichever comes first. Introducing your child to Dr. Phan and the team is a great way to limit dental anxiety and promote good oral hygiene.
Don’t wait to request a pediatric dentistry consultation for your child at TLC Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.