Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentist in Rancho Bernardo & 4S Ranch

Welcome to Hekmat Dental, your pediatric dentist in Rancho Bernardo & 4S Ranch.   Our friendly and comfortable dental clinic in Rancho Bernardo is the leading and most professional pediatric clinic in Rancho Bernardo & 4S Ranch. Our goal is to provide you with the best and most advanced pediatric dental care for your children in our Rancho Bernardo office. Dr. Hekmat offers the best pediatric dentistry combined with the latest technological advances.   
Please contact our friendly and comfortable pediatric dentist in Rancho Bernardo to schedule an appointment today! 
We provide pediatric dentistry (formerly Pedodontics / Paedodontics), primarily focusing on children from birth through adolescence to Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Poway & Carmel Mountain. The American Dental Association (ADA), recognizes pediatric dentistry as a specialty and requires dentists to undertake two or three years of additional training after completing a general dentistry degree. At the end of this training, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry issues a unique diploma (Diplomate ABPD). In addition, some pediatric dentists (pedodontists) opt to specialize in oral care for children with special needs, specifically children with autism, varying levels of mental retardation, or cerebral palsy.

One of the most important components of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. A Pediatric dentist is trained to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children and always avoid threatening words like "drill," "needle," and "injection." Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so children must have positive experiences and find their "dental home" as early as possible.

What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?

A Pediatric dentist fulfills many essential functions about the child's overall oral health and hygiene. Your dentist emphasizes the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, adequate speech production, and holding permanent teeth space.

Other important functions include:

Education – Pediatric dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology, thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.

Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, pediatric dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child's self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.

Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing checkups and dental cleanings, pediatric dentican alsoe to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb-sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.

Intervention – In some cases, pediatric dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with our office if you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Rancho Bernardo & 4S Ranch area or have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry.

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  • San Diego
  • 11665 Avena Place, Suite 104
  • San Diego, California
  • 92128
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  • Call: (858) 485-5925