Children’s dentistry in San Francisco for a lifetime of healthy smiles
A child’s earliest exposure to dental care has a lifetime influence on oral health. The team at West Portal Family Dentistry strives to make those initial experiences fun and educational, helping your child understand the rewards of a healthy, gorgeous smile. Children’s dentistry is one of our favorite aspects of caring for San Francisco smiles.
Baby’s first visit
We recommend starting your child’s professional dental care at age two (earlier, if you have concerns about oral development). We begin by familiarizing the child with the office environment. His or her teeth are brushed, and we gently demonstrate the sensations of air and water. Parents and child get instructions on brushing and flossing.
We discuss simple steps to prevent oral problems, such as:
- Fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and fight cavities.
- Dental sealant to keep cavity-causing bacteria out of microscopic pits and grooves in enamel.
- Athletic guards (for older children), to reduce risk of sports injuries to the teeth and mouth.
An extra layer of comfort
We offer sedation for children who are very nervous about dental care, or those needing extensive treatment. Nitrous oxide is a pleasant, inhaled gas that calms the child. It is very safe, and wears off immediately. We can also arrange for IV sedation, administered by an anesthesiologist, on request.
Trust and convenience
When your whole family receives care at West Portal Family Dentistry, children quickly grasp the trust and confidence you feel in our team. Even at an early age, it helps them understand that we are here to help. In addition, you get the convenience of appointments for multiple family members on the same day, for less travel and missed work time.
Let’s work together to be sure your child has a smile that radiates good health and confidence. Call West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco at (415) 604-9292 for children’s dentistry appointments.