Pediatric Dentistry

Hussein Dhayni, DDS -  - General Dentist

Balboa Dentistry

Hussein Dhayni, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in San Diego, CA

Pediatric Dentistry Specialist
Having a positive experience at the dentist during childhood sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health and hygiene. However, finding an experienced professional who’s skilled in working with toddlers through teenagers, can be a challenge. Fortunately for those living in San Diego, California, there’s Dr. Hussein Dhayni at Balboa Dentistry. Call or book a pediatric consultation online.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

When should my child first see a dentist?

Children should see a dentist when their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. For most children, the first teeth to break through are on the lower bottom gums, and this typically occurs about the age of six months. Following their initial visit, children, like adults, should have routine dental exams twice a year.

Why do I need to take my child to the dentist for their baby teeth?

While children inevitably lose their baby teeth, proper dental hygiene is still crucial, as the health of baby teeth impacts the health of your child’s gums, as well as, the permanent teeth underneath. Dr. Dhayni stresses the importance of keeping baby teeth in place until they are lost naturally as baby teeth teach children to chew properly, aid in speech development, and establish the space for their permanent teeth to grow in. The earlier children learn how to properly care for their teeth, the more likely they are to form long-term, positive habits.

What type of pediatric services does Dr. Dhayni offer?

Dr. Dhyani offers the full scope of pediatric dental services for toddlers through teens. In addition to thorough cleanings, periodic X-rays and teaching your children how to care for their teeth at home, Dr. Dhyani offers:

  • Fluoride treatments
  • Sealants,
  • Fillings and crowns
  • Braces
  • Invisalign®

What home-care tips does Dr. Dhyani offer to help maintain my child’s oral health?

Dr. Dhyani recommends:

  • Brushing twice a day. Make it a game of brushing, or brush along with your child. Set a timer and make sure that your child brushes for two minutes.
  • Floss daily. Parents need to floss young children’s teeth, but eventually, they should learn to do it themselves.
  • Thumb-sucking and pacifiers. It’s perfectly fine for babies suck. But by the time your toddler’s front teeth erupt, sucking should be stopped, as it can cause alignment issues.
  • A balanced diet. A balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein are essential for proper growth of bones, gums, and teeth. Also, be sure to limit sugars and starches which can cause tooth decay.
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