To become a pediatric dental specialist, a dentist must satisfactorily complete a minumum of 24 months in an advanced education program accredited by the American Dental Association. The curriculum of an advanced program provides the dentist with necessary didactic background and clinical experiences to provide comprehensive primary oral health care and services of a specialist.
At Just Kids, all our dentists have gone through rigorous academic and clinical training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry. All doctors are well-versed in pediatric oral sedation, general anesthesia training, and pediatric dental medicine. Dr. Chan graduated from Georgetown University and completed pediatric specialty training in Los Angeles. He is on staff at Washington Hospital in Fremont, California. Dr. Chang graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and went on to obtain his pediatric specialty training at UCLA. And Dr. Rattan went to the University of the Pacific for dental school and completed her specialty training at Tufts University in Boston.
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Pediatric Dental Exams
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Special Needs Oral Healthcare
Nutrition & Habit Counseling
Tongue Tied Treatment
Oral Conscious Sedation
General Anesthesia Services
Frequently asked questions
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist receives at least two to three years of specialty training after dental school that focuses on taking care of children’s oral care from infancy to adolescence, including special needs patients.
When should I bring my child in to their first dental visit?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), you should take your child to the dentist by their first birthday or when they get their first tooth, whichever comes first. It’s important that they get regular dental checkups every six months from then on to ensure they maintain healthy smiles.
Are thumb, finger, and pacifier habits bad for my child's teeth and jaws?
Most children stop sucking on thumbs, pacifiers or other objects on their own, between 2 and 4 years of age. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children who continue these habits over long periods of time run the risk of their upper front teeth tipping forward toward the lip, or not coming in properly. These habits can affect the way the child’s teeth bite together, as well as the growth of the jaws and bones that support the teeth. We will carefully monitor the way your child’s teeth erupt and how their jaws are developing, Because persistent habits may cause long term problems, intervention may be recommended for children beyond 3 years of age.
At what age will my child's first teeth erupt?
Teething, also known as eruption usually takes place by six to ten months of age. Eruptions can also take place as early as four month or as late as twelve months of age and are still considered normal.
What should I know about teething?
From six months to age 3, your child may have tender gums when teeth erupt. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), teething can lead to intermittent localized areas of discomfort, irritability, and excessive salivation. Treatment of symptoms includes oral analgesics and chilled teething rings. Use of topical anesthetics, including over-the-counter teething gels, to relieve discomfort should be avoided due to potential toxicity of these products in infants.
How can I prevent tooth decay from nursing or using a bottle?
Breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced. Children should not fall asleep with anything other than water in their bottle. While asleep, the saliva flow in the mouth slows down. As a result, the acid contained in milk or juice bathes the teeth the entire time. Eventually, the hard enamel surface becomes decayed and result in cavities.
When should bottle-feeding be stopped?
Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.
Are X-rays necessary, and are they safe?
Every child is unique, and x-rays are a vital component in completing a thorough oral exam. Mighty Children’s Dentistry uses the latest technology in digital radiography which provides state of the art digital radiographs in HD image quality with reduced radiation. These digital x-rays allow us to see what is happening between the teeth, below the gums, erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, and diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. In addition to digital radiographs, we take the utmost care in limiting the amount of radiation exposure to your child through the use of lead aprons. The combination of these reduce the radiation of exposure by 90%.
What are sealants and how is the treatment like?
Why are baby teeth important?
What are space maintainers and why are they used?
Space maintainers are appliances that are small and unobtrusive in appearance. They are custom fit to your child’s mouth, making it easy to adjust to after a few days. Space maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw.
What causes my child to grind their teeth?
Grinding the teeth (bruxing) commonly occurs in children until age six to seven years. Some common theories behind this include stress at home or school, changes in inner ear pressure, and the presence of an abnormal bite. Most children will outgrow grinding. A large decrease in grinding can be seen with the eruption of the 6 year molars. The majority of grinding usually disappears once the child no longer has baby teeth present. Typically, no treatment will be needed in young children as long as no damage to permanent teeth is occurring. If your child grinds, be sure to let us know so the dentist can examine the surfaces of your child’s teeth to determine if any intervention is needed to protect the teeth from facing damage.
What is fluoride? Is it safe? How does it prevent cavities?
Fluoride is a compound that contains the natural element fluorine. Routinely using small amounts of fluoride can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has been shown to be extremely beneficial to both baby and permanent teeth. Not enough fluoride leads to a much higher chance of teeth developing cavities. We will evaluate the level of fluoride exposure in your child on an individual basis and make recommendations to make sure his/her teeth are as cavity resistant as possible.
How much toothpaste should my child use?
For children under 3 years of age, use a smear or grain of rice sized amount of toothpaste. For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Dental Emergency Care
Emergencies happen, especially when you least expect them, this is why we are just a phone call away. Call our office for assistance, we offer same day emergency visits.
What is sedation and what medications are used?
Sedation is a safe and effective technique administered by a pediatric dentist to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. Sedation is the use of mild sedatives (calming medication) to make your child calm and comfortable during dental procedures. You’re child’s dentist may recommend sedation dentistry for long or multiple procedures, for children with anxiety, fear of dental care, those who have special needs, or children who find it difficult to sit still. Sedation may also be recommended when several procedures need to be done at the same time, when the safety of a child may be compromised, or if your child has a strong gag reflex.