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Pediatric Dentistry

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry's Faculty Dental Practices are specially equipped to care for your children with attention and sensitivity to their individual needs. Our specialty trained pediatric dentists are experts in caring for children from infancy to adolescence. Some of our pediatric dentists have gone through additional training to serve special needs children with autism, mental retardation and cerebral palsy. Our board certified pediatric dentists also provide advanced specialty training in pediatric dentistry to other dentists.

Pediatric services

LLU faculty pediatric dentists offer a full range of services to young patients in one convenient location. Common treatments and assessments include:

Why a pediatric dentist?

An essential component of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. Pediatric dentists are trained to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for young patients, while avoiding the  use of frightening words like “drill,” “needle” and “injection.” Our providers know dental phobia can begin at a very young age and continue into adulthood. Our pediatric dentists and support team will help your child develop a comfortable, lasting relationship with their dentist and oral health care in general.

Children’s dentistry focuses on disease prevention at an early age for all children from infancy through adolescence. Making regularly scheduled trips to the dentist helps promote good oral health, while building trust and confidence between your child and their dentist. Visiting the dentist every six months helps ensures that your child stays “cavity-free” while allowing your dentist to catch any problems before they become more serious.

How can you prepare for your child’s visit?

  • Bring another adult friend or relative to the appointment to help comfort the child, giving you opportunities to ask questions and interact with the dental team.

  • Leave other children at home if possible. Other children may be distracting. Leaving other children at home can make visits less stressful for everyone involved.

  • Avoid frightening language. Pediatric dentists and support teams are trained to avoid the use of scary words like drills, needles, injections and bleeding. It is imperative for parents to use positive, soothing language when speaking about dental treatment with their children.

  • Use positive language. Be upbeat when explaining the purpose of dental visits. For example, explaining dentists, “help keep teeth healthy” is far better than saying the dentist "is checking for tooth decay and may have to drill the tooth if decay is found."

  • Explain what to expect in a relaxed tone. Anxiety can be greatly reduced if the child knows what to expect. Age-appropriate books about seeing the dentist can make the first visit seem fun.