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Pediatric Dentistry

We love kids and it shows! We are a leading children’s dentist in San Mateo and throughout the bay area.

koalaPediatric Dentists (Children’s Dentist)

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

First Dental Visit/Dental Home

When should a child’s first dental visit be? A lot of time parents think the first dental visit is when the child is three years old. But, by three year of age, it’s too late to prevent disease. The child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth erupts and no later than one year old. Early examination and initiating preventive care will protect a child’s smile now and in the future. We want to be the dental home for your child, so we can continue to maintain your child’s good oral health.

If your child has not seen a dentist before, please give us a call so we may prepare you and your child for the first visit. We invite you to take your child on a tour of the dental office in advance of your appointment. This will create a sense of familiarity when the real appointment rolls around. Before your child’s first visit, ask us about the procedures to expect so there are no surprises. Talk to your child about what to expect, and build excitement as well as understanding about the upcoming visit.

After your first visit, we will schedule a six-month check-up appointment. It is especially important that children have semi-annual check-ups. The reasons are simple: Changes occur in a child’s mouth faster than in an adult mouth; while new teeth are forming, the jawbone continues to grow.


Infant Oral Health

Studies show that if you can prevent cavities in primary dentition, it is less likely your kids will have cavities in the permanent dentition.

Our clinic has a very strong emphasize on disease prevention. Our practice strongly follows the Infant Oral Health Care Guidelines of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. During your visit with us, you will learn how to take care your baby’s teeth through age-appropriate anticipatory guidance, such as how much toothpaste you should put on your child’s toothbrush; diet counseling for your child; assessment of the daily fluoride intake; and trauma prevention, etc. We have individualized age-customized pamphlets for your visit as well.

Prenatal Oral Health

Why is it important to relate prenatal oral health to the oral health of the child? Most of the mothers or caregivers don’t realize they are the main microbial source for the child. Prenatal oral health is just as important as your child’s oral health. We are providing free prenatal oral health counseling for new moms, and yes, it is safe to have dental treatment during the second trimester. Please give us a call to make an appointment.

Caries (Tooth Decay) Risk Assessment / Diet Counseling/Oral Hygiene Instruction

Caries risk assessment and dietary counseling are important components of our routine dental exams. Caries risk assessment allows us to identify the possible factors that contribute to your child’s caries experience. We will implement a preventive program customized to your child’s needs based on their caries risk.

Diet plays an important role in your child’s oral health. We provide diet counseling at every examination. Eating a balanced diet and limiting the number of snacks between meals can help prevent the long-term effects of gum disease and tooth decay in your child. Good foods to eat include fruits, uncooked vegetables, yogurt, nuts, and cheese.

Brushing and flossing are the best-known methods for eliminating or reducing plaque and tooth decay. Fluoride in toothpaste and rinses, as well as in the water we drink, is a substance which, like saliva, “re-mineralizes” (keeps healthy and solidifies) the surfaces of our teeth.

Growth and Development/ Eruption Sequence/Occlusion

Monitoring the oral growth and development of your child is very important during every six-month check-up dental appointment. We work closely with our orthodontist to evaluate the child’s eruption sequence, occlusion/bite, and


temporamandibular joint. We will also prepare you for the changes in their occlusion for the next six months after your visit.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers can be very important to your child’s long-term oral health. If your child loses a baby tooth early through guidance eruption, decay, or injury, his or her other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there’s not enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.

Space maintainers are used to hold the spot left by the lost tooth until the permanent tooth emerges. The space maintainer might be a band or a temporary crown attached to one side of the vacant space. Later, as the permanent tooth emerges, the device is removed.


Thumb/digit sucking, tongue thrust, and prolonged pacifier usage can be detrimental to child’s occlusion/bite if the habit is carried out for a long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, intervention may be recommended by your pediatric dentist. We will evaluate your child’s habit during their dental exam and work closely with you to stop the habit. Different types of intervention will be provided to the individual.

Behavior Management

Children learn their behavior through their past experience, so their first dental experience is always important. Our clinic is child-friendly, and every staff member is trained to treat the children. At your child’s first visit, we will spend a lot of time showing them the dental chair setting before any treatment. This will help them to become familiar the environment and overcome the fear of unknown. We call this technique Tell-Show-Do behavior management technique. We will also implement different behavior management techniques throughout their treatment, such as positive reinforcement. If your child needs more advanced pharmacological behavior

Full List of Services Provided

  • Exam and cleaning
  • School entrance exam
  • Pre-natal counseling (Free consultation for pregnant mothers)
  • Digital X-ray : less radiation exposure
  • Diet counseling and Oral hygiene instruction (brushing and flossing instruction)
  • Flavored toothpaste
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Baby exam
  • White fillings or tooth colored filling and crowns
  • Sealants – cavity prevention
  • Caries risk assessment
  • Root Canal Treatment for children (Pulpotomy- partial nerve treatment)
  • Emergency (relief of pain)
  • Trauma
  • Mouth guard or athletics guard
  • Gentle Injection
  • Extraction
  • Spacer (Space Maintaner)
  • Kids waiting room, Game room and 3D TV in every chair, comfort and kids friendly environment
  • Laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide), Oral Sedation, IV-Sedation, General Anesthetic (One Time Dental treatment)
  • Free Orthodontic Consultation
  • Phase one orthodontic treatment (Interceptive Orthodontics)
  • Phase two orthodontic treatment (Complete Braces)
  • Invisalign (Invisalign for Teenagers)
  • Clear Braces
  • Lingual Braces
  • Treatment for underbite, overbite, crossbite, crowding, spacing, malocclusion