Krystle Fenton, DDS

Pediatric Dentistry

Do you have little ones in the family that need to see the dentist? We do everything possible to make sure your children feel welcome and comfortable at our dentist office.

Krystle Fenton, DDS

Pediatric Dentistry

Do you have little ones in the family that need to see the dentist? We do everything possible to make sure your children feel welcome and comfortable at our dentist office.

Your pediatric dentist in Elk Grove

Did you know your child was born with 20 teeth beneath their gums? You won’t see them for a few months, but they’re there. From their very birth, the health and condition of your child’s gums and — a few months later — those baby teeth will be essential to health and confidence.

Our pediatric dentist partners with parents to keep their kids’ baby teeth clean and healthy to ensure their adult teeth arrive on schedule and without any complications. Pediatric dentists stay with your children throughout the awkward teen years to help ensure that their teeth are a source of confidence rather than stigma. If your child would benefit from teeth straightening or cleaning or other cosmetic dentistry practices to be as confident as possible, we’ll be here for all those issues, too.

Best of all? From our first meeting, we will partner with you, the parents. We will empower you with our expertise about how to keep your whole family’s teeth healthy every day. We will teach you and support you to establish daily dental habits that will set your children up for a lifetime of confident smiles. And the staff at Laguna Vista Dental will be here to back you up at every turn.

Routine Dental Exams For Children

What is pediatric dentistry

Pediatric dentists treat kids from infancy all the way through their teen years. Dentists for kids have received specialized training on all the stages of your child’s oral development…

From long before your son’s 20 teeth make their first appearance, to the transition from baby teeth to adult teeth, to preventing and treating tooth decay and gum disease, to identifying and supporting any early signs of orthodontic issues.

Pediatric dentists understand that children are not miniature adults, but are people with specific dental, medical, and even emotional needs.

Benefits of pediatric dentistry

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Pediatric dentists are especially trained to understand and respond to the dental needs of kids.
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Offices that prioritize pediatric dentistry use equipment and have furnishings scaled just for young patients.
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Attending dental check ups regularly as children has been shown to reduce the overall costs of dental treatment as your child grows up.
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Pediatric dentists do more than treat teeth. We teach families how to keep your teeth healthy every day.
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Early attention to the health of baby teeth can ensure that permanent teeth come in properly
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Kids Dental Check Up

We know some children are afraid of the dentist. We can help.

As much as we wish it weren’t so, we are familiar with the studies that show approximately 40% of kids up to age 14 experience some fear of the dentist. At Laguna Vista Dental, every one of our staff — from receptionists to assistants to hygienists to the dentist — prioritize making your child’s experience of their first and subsequent dental appointments as comfortable as possible.

You will see this from the way we have furnished, equipped and decorated our clinic to the tone of voice and language we use when talking to your child. Every possible environmental and technological consideration has been taken into account to make sure your children get an early head start on a lifetime of good oral health.

Kid Smiling After Dental Appointment

Imagine if you could reduce the future cost of dental care for your child

Every parent worries about the future cost of medical or dental treatment, including things like cavities and even orthodontic work. One of the biggest advantages of early and regular pediatric dental care is that it has been shown to reduce the future cost of dental work as your child gets older. Preventative cleaning and regular checkups reduce tooth decay and cavities.

Keeping those baby teeth healthy until they fall out on your child’s natural schedule will actually help make sure her future permanent teeth come in straight and evenly spaced. That may reduce the future need for orthodontic work — and save you money. Pediatric dentistry is an investment of time and money that pays off — for your child’s health and for their parents’ pocketbook and peace of mind.

Elk Grove Dentist, Krystle Fenton

Our promise to you

This is the promise that every member of the Laguna Vista Dental team makes to you and your child.

We will pay attention to all details of your child’s teeth here and now — and support your whole family in taking care of each other’s teeth between appointments — so that your child can have healthy teeth and gums for their entire life.

We promise to be your best partner in ensuring your child’s oral health for their lifetime.

Contact us today

Do you have a child whose first tooth has arrived? Or has your child hit their first birthday before their first dentist’s appointment? Do you have any questions about how to care for their gums and teeth?

Our staff at Laguna Vista Dental are excited by the chance to meet your child as soon as possible, and to answer all your questions and support your family in ensuring a lifetime of healthy teeth and confident smiles. Getting our partnership underway in Elk Grove is as simple as contacting us to set up an appointment.

FAQs

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How Often Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist?

Regular dental checkups — alongside good daily dental habits like brushing and flossing — are a huge benefit to setting up your child for a lifetime of good dental health. We hope to see your child twice a year for regular checkups (approximately every six months) and once a year for a deep cleaning of those teeth.

If any concerns arise such as cavities or the like, we’ll schedule additional appointments to take care of those things too. But — fingers crossed — our goal will be to make those additional appointments unnecessary.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Painful?

Modern dental procedures are painless thanks to constant advances in techniques and procedures. Many procedures are accomplished with lasers that even eliminate the sounds and vibrations that some people find disconcerting. If you have particular concerns about an individual procedure, speak to your dentist about it ahead of time. We can make adjustments to ensure your comfort, and answer any question about how to ease the entire process.

At What Age Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist?

We get this question a lot. We recommend that your child have thier first dental appointment as soon as possible after their first tooth emerges, but no later than their first birthday.

Having said that, contact us for advice or to set up an appointment even earlier than that if you ever have any questions or concerns.

What Is the Difference Between a Family and Pediatric Dentist?

Every dentist graduates with the same degree, but pediatric dentistry is a speciality that recognizes the fact that children are not merely miniature adults. They actually have unique dental needs. A dentist that specializes in treating children has taken two additional years of training on issues related to children: surgical and diagnostic techniques for kids, how to deal with special needs such as autism or cleft lips and palettes, child psychology, medication dosage and management for children, understanding the experience and impact of trauma, and the practice of sedation dentistry for the youngest patients.

A dental practice that prioritizes treating children like Laguna Vista Dental also trains its staff, furnishes its offices, and equips its examination rooms in a way that keeps in mind the sensitive needs and smaller bodies of our youngest patients.