Pediatric Dentistry

/Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry 2018-03-31T18:47:22+00:00

La Mesa Childrens Dentist

Often, children can harbor anxiety and even fear about visiting the dentist so it is important that you have a children’s dentist that is patient and compassionate. Dentistry for kids often lays the groundwork for future dental visits so it is essential to have one that your child is comfortable with. While children don’t always appreciate the importance of regular dental care and check-ups, it is still a very necessary practice. La Mesa childrens dentist Dr. Fung and the staff at Collaborative Dental work diligently to ensure the comfort of every child who visits the office. Collaborative Dental has been practicing dentistry for kids in the La Mesa area for more than three decades. They are a full service family dentistry practice with a superior children’s dentist. Many people who visited our dental office as a child, now bring their own children back to the practice. Collaborative Dental strives to build positive relationships with every patient who comes through the door. Our goal is to provide the dental care you need to maintain a beautiful smile and good oral health.

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When should my child start going to the dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, every child needs to have their first dental check up by their first birthday. If they get teeth before then, it is a good idea to go ahead and schedule an appointment. The earlier a child starts getting regular dental check-ups, the easier it is for them to develop healthy oral hygiene. Usually, a child who starts seeing a kid’s dentist at an early age, and gets regular check-ups, does not harbor those feelings of fear and anxiety that some children do.

Why does my child need do go to the dentist so early?

Of course, regular dental visits help young children develop healthy habits and good oral hygiene while avoiding those negative feelings often associated with visiting the dentist.Additionally, it gives the dentist a chance to look for potential problems with primary teeth that may impair speech development. It is essential to address any potential problems early, before they develop into larger issues. It is also important to important to address any cavities that may be present or developing. People often think that cavities don’t matter in baby teeth, but that is absolutely untrue. Unaddressed cavities in primary teeth lead can lead to developmental problems in permanent teeth.

Why does a dentist need to clean baby teeth?

Most children tend to rush through brushing and often skip flossing. Younger children should always have proper supervision when brushing. It is recommended that even young children visit the dentist at least twice annually for a professional cleaning. A professional cleaning at the dentist will help remove plaque build-up, especially between teeth, and any other debris that may cause cavities or irritation to the gums. This also gives the dentist an opportunity to diagnose any potential risks or cavities that may be developing. Many times children’s teeth will be treated with fluoride while at the dentist to help strengthen enamel and prevent decay.

What kind of toothpaste is recommended for children?

It is always best to use a toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. This means that it has been evaluated and undergone testing to assure its safety. It is also recommended that young children are closely monitored while brushing their teeth. Young children are more prone to swallow toothpaste and don’t yet have the coordination to clean their teeth effectively. If your child is too young to spit, or tends to swallow toothpaste, you may want to consider a fluoride free toothpaste until they are older. Swallowing fluoride can be dangerous for young children.

Should I be concerned about my child’s exposure during x-rays?

No, you shouldn’t. Annual x-rays are necessary to diagnose potential problems that may not be visible to the naked eye and they help show the dentist that the permanent teeth are growing in properly. Early detection and treatment is not only more comfortable for children, but it is more cost effective for parents as well. Collaborative Dental uses lead body aprons and other contemporary safeguards to ensure that any exposure children receive is minimal. An unaddressed problem poses far more risk than the minimal exposure that a child may or may not sustain during an annual x-ray. Collaborative Dental takes many precautionary measures to ensure that every La Mesa child who visits is safe and comfortable.

Should my child still floss if there is a lot of space between primary teeth?

Yes, even if the primary teeth seem to be spaced apart, it is still necessary for your child to floss daily. Plaque tends to build up on the sides of teeth and at the bottom, where the tooth meets the gum. These areas can be ideal environments for the bacteria that causes tooth decay. It is also a good idea to establish healthy habits and oral hygiene early in life. Teach your child, or children, the best techniques for brushing and flossing early in life because preventative maintenance is always the best kind.

What is the difference between a general dentist vs. a pediatric dentist?

Although general dentists are also qualified to examine and treat a child, like pediatricians, a pediatric dentist specializes in helpingchildren. Pediatric dentists have two years of additional training that focuses on treating only children, so they have more experience interacting with them. This ensures your child receives the best treatment possible, especially if they are afraid of the dentist.

Why is it beneficial for a child to see a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist specializes in diagnosing and treating children. Pediatric dentists are familiar with their dental requirements and temperament, so they are prepared to help children feel more comfortable while at the dentist’s office.

How do you teach children to have good oral hygiene?

Children are experts at learning a pattern and repeating it, so first show children the basic steps of dental care. Once they have mastered brushing, use music to encourage children to complete their daily routine. Allow your child to pick their favorite songs and brush your teeth together, so they learn to associate fun with good oral hygiene.

How old should a child be to visit a pediatric dentist?

Children should see a pediatric dentist before their first birthday, but no earlier than six months old. A child’s first check-up usually consists of a routine examination of their teeth and gums. Help children feel safe and comfortable to prevent fear or anxiety. Children will be less afraid of the dentist in the future if they have a good first experience.

Why do baby teeth require proper dental care?

Baby teeth require good dental care because they impact a child’s permanent teeth. Baby teeth give children the ability to bite and chew, as well as affect how primary teeth emerge in their jaw. Baby teeth must be taken care of, so children do not have oral health issues in the future.

What type of insurance does Collaborative Dental accept?

We proudly accept many different insurances for your convenience. If you don’t see your insurance company listed here, please call the office and we will gladly attempt to verify your coverage for you.

In Network

  • Aetna PPO & Aetna Discount Plan
  • Assurant PPO – In Network
  • Blue Cross Dental Blue: 100/200/300
  • Cigna PPO
  • Delta Dental (Premiere Provider)

  • Delta Federal

  • Delta TriCare

  • MetLife PPO

  • MetLife TriCare Dental Program

  • United Concordia PPO

  • United Concordia (Active Duty) – ADDP

  • Delta Dental PPO (Effective in 2 months)

  • GEHA Connection Dental Network – Includes Connection Dental, Dominion PPO, Principal Mutual Life PPO, United Healthcare Dental PPO, Lincoln Dental Connect, and Guardian PPO

Call a Gentle Children’s Dentist in La Mesa Today

Gentle, nurturing dentistry for kids can sometimes be hard to find, but La Mesa pediatric dentist Dr. Fung and the staff at Collaborative Dental are compassionate and friendly so that children can be comfortable. It is important for children to experience pleasant dental visits in a relaxed atmosphere and Collaborative Dental has been providing that in La Mesa for more than three decades. We provide family dental care and build important personal relationships with the families we service. Children are able to get the children’s dental care that is vital to their overall health without harboring anxiety about visiting the dentist. Our friendly staff is always happy to demonstrate the proper techniques for brushing and good oral hygiene to help children learn how to care for their teeth. In addition to pediatric dentistry, our clinic also offers general and cosmetic dentistry services, including fillings, extractions, crowns, root canals, clear braces, dental implants, teeth whitening, dentures and beyond.  If you have a child who needs to see a dentist, or if you are new to the area and have been looking for a kid’s dentist in the La Mesa area, come and be a part of the family at Collaborative Dental. You can call our dental office at (619) 464-4346 to schedule a visit or set up an appointment online with our easy appointment request form. Dentistry for kids can be comfortable and inviting; at Collaborative Dental it is.

Patient Stories

Love Charlie! He’s a very caring dentist and really wants to make sure you’re comfortable. He explains everything he’s doing every step of the way and asks you how you’re doing frequently.
Kaylee H.
I usually (REALLY) hate going to the dentist, but I really liked Dr. Fung. It was a way different experience than my old dentist, who had a big office with many dentists, hygienists, and many patients going in and out. His office is very small, which makes it feel more comfortable, and allows for better personal care. The hygienist and Dr. Fung were both very good, gentle, and sensitive to the my needs. I definitely trust Dr. Fung to do great work (I have to get some fillings), and I felt like he really cared about me and wanted to figure out the best thing for me. I definitely recommend him and I’m very happy to have found him!!
Karen H.
I had an athletic injury that broke my front tooth and was terrified that it would never look normal. I had already been seeing Dr. Fung (since I was a kid) and knew I could trust him to fix it. He talked me through the entire process, as I was very nervous. I couldn’t believe the results. It was flawless. It has been several years since my tooth broke, and no one has EVER guessed that my front tooth is fake. I am forever grateful for Dr. Fung’s attention to detail, perfectionism, and for giving me my smile back.
Nicole
Best dentist I have ever had! He and his staff are very caring and you can tell he actually cares about his patients. But most importantly he never tried to convince me I needed a procedure I didn’t. Normally I find dentists are like used car salesmen, but not Dr Fung. When I asked him about teeth whitening he explained what would happen, any risks, the cost and then let me make the decision without further pressure.
Melissa H.
We brought the whole gang of 4 kids to see Dr. Fung last Saturday morning. It was our oldest 2 kids (4 & 3 years old) first trip to the dentist. I thought it would be a total gong show but the crew at Dr. Fung’s office were total professionals. Zero meltdowns and what was most impressive was how thoughtful they were. They knew we had 4 kids coming so they stocked up on toys for the kids. Definitely not their first rodeo and this Dad was happy to have someone who gets it. Thank you so much!!
Warren Duthie
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