The strongest and healthiest teeth develop through preventive pediatric dental care. That's why we base our practice on conservative and minimally invasive treatment. Prevention holds the key to optimal pediatric dental health, and it starts with the education of both the parents and patients.
As a hospital-trained dentist, I perform most of my cases without sedatives or nitrous oxide. I use local anesthetic (numbing medication) when necessary, and accomplish most care without the use of drugs to manage behavior.
We welcome our patients to continue on with us through adulthood. Starting with patients who were seen by my father, Dr. Ralph T. Yoshida, and now continuing with myself, we have many second generation families. We have established great relationships, know your history and love working with you.
Ages 1 to 3 - The ideal time to come in for a consultation to establish the best preventive pediatric dental program for your child starts in infancy. Great pediatric dental health begins now. We work with parents to orient them to hygiene, fluoride, feeding, bottle and habits as they affect dental health.
Ages 3 to 6 - Preventive techniques at home and dental appointments become the focus. Cleanings allow us to assess oral hygiene issues. X-rays allow us to view emerging areas of decay, and assess if the permanent teeth are developing properly. We also want to make sure permanent teeth are in the correct position. If your child should experience any mouth trauma such as a fall or a bump, we will handle it with great skill and delicacy.
We recommend the child brush once per day by themselves to develop independence and skill, with the parent brushing and flossing the teeth during the second brushing of the day.
Ages 6 to 12 - We will begin our conversation about the alignment of the teeth and other pediatric orthodontic issues, preventive sealants, (a protective coating placed on the permanent molars to prevent a cavity from forming on the biting surface), and continue to work on the oral hygiene. This involves making sure permanent teeth come in properly aligned, early recognition of pediatric orthodontic problems, and the proper timing for orthodontic treatment. If there are any orthodontic issues, we will refer you to an orthodontist at the proper time,
We also start the transition from child/parent brushing and flossing to the child only. The timing depends on manual dexterity and coordination, and usually occurs around age nine. By age twelve we want the child to know how to brush and floss properly...on their own.
Ages 12 to 16 - We stress the importance of oral hygiene techniques needed while wearing orthodontic appliances. We also discuss teen dietary habits that can cause more cavities. These can be tough years for hygiene, but important ones to maintain a beautiful smile with no cavities.
Ages 16 to 19 - Wisdom teeth become an issue now. We will monitor them to make sure they are coming in properly or work with you to determine the best time to have them removed. We will also emphasize the importance of wearing their retainer. We want to continue to insure hygiene habits are optimal as they head off to college or start their career.
Ages 19 to 81 - Maintenance becomes the key here. Our goal for you never waivers--great pediatric dental health. In fact, we want your dental health at age 81 to be the same as age 18!. When proper habits have been established, regular six month checkups and cleanings deliver the desired results. We x-ray as necessary and look for any cavity or filling issues. The importance of gum health becomes more important as we age. Improvements in esthetics can also be discussed.