Pediatric Dentistry for a Healthy Start

Child smiling holding toothbrush.    Dr. Rohinton J. Patel and our team provide pediatric dentistry to families in Honolulu, HI, to help children learn good oral hygiene habits so they can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. By bringing your children to our dental office early, they can begin to feel comfortable and become used to attending regular dental visits. Our caring team will help your young one feel at ease as we slowly introduce him or her to what a typical dental visit looks like. We are able to detect potential issues early and deal with them so that your children’s oral healthcare is up to par. Dr. Patel and our team can also perform any necessary procedures with care and compassion to keep your child relaxed while maintaining his or her teeth. Please contact our office today to learn more about pediatric dentistry or schedule an appointment for your child.

Pediatric Dental Health Concerns

In addition to helping your child learn basic dental hygiene and checking their teeth for damage, there are a number of oral health issues unique to children. We can help manage, diagnose, and treat:

  • Teething - Baby teeth usually come in at around six months, and teething can be very uncomfortable for children. We can give you suggestions to help manage the symptoms of teething and monitor your child’s teeth to ensure that they are developing properly.
  • Diet - Children are often picky eaters, but, as with adults, too much sugar, carbohydrates, or acidic food can increase their risk for cavities and periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Cavities - Pediatric patients are more vulnerable to decay, which can cause discomfort and damage their teeth.  
  • Thumb sucking - This common habit can help kids stay calm, but it can also cause crooked teeth and jaw misalignment. 

Pediatric dental damage can interfere with permanent tooth growth, so it is important to resolve any conditions efficiently and effectively. Taking care of your child’s baby teeth can help set the stage for years of healthy smiles.

Preventive Dental Care

Dr. Patel and our team are committed to preventive dental care, especially for children. At your child's six-month appointments, we will assess his or her teeth and gums for any potential problems, such as crookedness, decay, or gum disease, so we can catch them early and set the stage for long-term oral healthcare. Early detection can help prevent the need for costly, time-consuming, or complex treatments later on, which could be difficult for both you and your child.

Dr. Patel and our team provide dental hygiene education and treatments to further prevent dental damage. We will teach your child how to brush and floss properly at routine cleanings and exams. We also work to keep children’s teeth healthy and decay-free by providing fluoride treatments and sealants, which are thin layers of plastic painted on the back molars to stop plaque from accumulating.

Learn More About Pediatric Dentistry

Bringing your child in for regular pediatric dental check-ups and necessary treatments can help them enjoy excellent oral health for a lifetime. To learn more about pediatric dentistry or schedule an appointment for your child, please contact our office today