Pediatric Dentistry in

Mission Viejo & Fullerton, CA

Friendly, Caring Pediatric Dentistry

OC Smile, Offering Compassionate, Qualified, and Friendly Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists receive an additional two to three years of specialty training following dental school to ensure your child receives the best care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have dental examination by their first birthday. Your child may be evaluated then, allowing for an individualized preventative program to be planned. As a practice, OC Smile strives to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. Most dental problems may be resolved easier if detected early. Prevention is the best form of treatment, and an early start to good dental habits eliminates problems before they begin.

How To Treat Your Child's First Teeth

Your child’s 20 baby teeth will begin to appear usually between six and nine months, though in some cases it may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The two lower front teeth tend to erupt first, followed by the two upper ones. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines (eyeteeth). Sometimes your baby can experience teething discomfort during this process. If so, there are courses of action to help make your child more comfortable.

Your infant’s gums and newly erupting teeth should be gently wiped after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad or damp washcloth. Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Your child may need your help with this important task until about the age of 6.

Your Child's First Dental Appointment

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a dentist by his/her first birthday. Though this may sound early, learning proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, checking for cavities, and watching for developmental problems is extremely important. There are a number of forms of tooth decay that can affect babies and small children. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) can develop rapidly, progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of a tooth into the softer, inner dentin in six months or less. Most of all, it’s important for your child to have a positive experience at the dental office as he/she will be a regular visitor for years to come.

Pediatric Dental Treatments

There are a variety of dental treatments offered to prevent tooth decay in children, or to save or repair teeth when necessary. They include:

Topical Fluoride — Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth, making it harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, a higher concentration can be applied professionally to your child’s teeth for maximum protection.

Dental Sealants — A plastic coating can be applied at the dental office to prevent cavities by sealing the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as “pits and fissures.” These little crevices become the perfect environments for decay-causing bacteria. Immature tooth enamel is more permeable and therefore less resistant to tooth decay. Dental sealants are easy to apply and provide years of protection.

Root Canal Treatment — Perhaps you have had a root canal treatment yourself, to save an injured or severely decayed tooth. Well, sometimes children need root canals, too. As mentioned above, baby teeth are important guides to the permanent teeth that are already forming beneath your child’s gums. Therefore, saving them from premature loss can help prevent a malocclusion (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) that requires orthodontic treatment.

Bonding — Chips and minor fractures to front teeth — common childhood occurrences — can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials. These lifelike resins made of plastic and glass can be used on baby teeth as well as permanent teeth and last until the youngster has completed facial growth.

Orthodontic Concerns For Your Kid

By around age 7, most malocclusions have become evident. Interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for later treatment. There are many orthodontic problems that can be detected early and are examples of why a trained professional should evaluate your child during his/her growth and development.

Sports & Your Child's Teeth

If your child is active in sports, a custom-made mouthguard is a highly recommended safeguard. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer dental harm when not wearing one of these protective devices. A custom mouthguard is made specifically for your child using a model of his or her teeth. This will offer greater protection than an off-the-shelf model. It’s an investment that pays off highly in the form of reduced pain, suffering — and dental expenses down the road!

Fullerton, CA & Mission Viejo Pediatric Dental Office – Top-Rated Family & General Dentists Serving Mission Viejo, Fullerton & The Surrounding Areas

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in Mission Viejo & Fullerton, CA

Dr. Kevin Badii
Dr. Mike Hyneman
Dr. Laleh Hedayat
Dr. Arman Mirai
Dr. Frank Mehrdad
Dr. Alisha Hewko
Dr. Austin Burnett
Dr. Jeremy Owyoung

Our Dental Services

General Dentistry

Dental Implants

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Pediatric Dentistry

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Orthodontics

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Chris C.
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Very pleasant experience today. My normal dentist is closed on Fridays. I had an emergency visit today for my son. Lindsey was very helpful and made the overall experience pleasant. So thankful OC smile is open on Fridays and Saturdays. I will be returning to OC smile. I highly recommend this dentist. I am now considering them for Orthodontics. CC
Seth L.
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This place is beyond professional, very caring and a very clean/nicely appointed offices. Took me right in since I was in excruciating pain and got me squared away very quickly. I highly recommend them, you will not be disappointed.
Oscar M.
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OC Smile went above and beyond with service, they made me feel very comfortable, I have never had such a great experience. I look forward to returning, my Dentist is Dr. Mike Hyneman he was great to talk to and he really knows what he is doing, I appreciate all the staff as well they made every go smooth and easy. My teeth were hurting and they got me in right away when another place said they had no immediate openings. Thank OC Smile for being so helpful with everything.
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2 Convenient Locations

Our Fullerton, CA Office

1950 Sunny Crest Dr., Ste #1100 | Fullerton, CA 92835

Working Hours

Monday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED

Our Mission Viejo, CA Office

26137 La Paz Rd Ste 150, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Working Hours

Monday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED

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