Kikuko Hirayama, DMD & Associates

Specializing in Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatricians and pediatric dentists recommend seeing your dentist by the age of 12-18 months.

When should I take my child for his/her first appointment?

Pediatric dentists also known as pedodontists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of additional specialty training following four years of dental school.  Dental practice is limited 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.

What is a pediatric dentist?  How does a pediatric dentist differ from a general dentist?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

What are sealants and how do they work?

Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when a child is 2-3 years of age. Prior to that, parents should clean the child's teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. When toothpaste is used after age 2-3, parents should supervise brushing and make sure the child uses no more than a pea-sized amount on the brush. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

When should we begin using toothpaste and how much should we use?

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