Our pediatric dental team at Poway Pediatric Dentistry understands that your child’s smile is your top priority—it’s ours, too! We find it very fulfilling to help children develop an appreciation for their oral health, overall health, and wellbeing—an appreciation that will last into adulthood.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
The pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school, and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. After earning his dental degree at Temple University, Dr. Fattouch attended Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, for his pediatric dentistry residency.
The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Fattouch is best qualified to meet these needs.
What Treatments do Pediatric Dentists Provide?
Dr. Fattouch and our Poway pediatric dental team offer comprehensive dentistry for infants, children, teens, and those with special healthcare needs, including:
- Exams and professional cleanings
- Oral surgery and pulpotomies
- Stainless steel and white crowns
When Should My Child Visit a Pediatric Dentist?
Dr. Fattouch and our team recommend bringing your child in to our Poway pediatric dental office at age one, or within six months of the child’s first tooth eruption.
Why Are The Primary Teeth Important?
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth (baby teeth) are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front four teeth last until six to seven years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age ten to 13.
Eruption of Your Child’s Teeth
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as four months, the first primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age three, the pace and order of their eruption varies.