Preventive Dentistry in Del Mar, CA

Preventive Dentistry

At Sunny Smiles Kids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we want to provide your family with every reason to smile. Our preventive approach aims to create a healthy dental home for your little ones and to assist you in nurturing good oral habits for the future.

Teeth Cleaning

A professional tooth cleaning is required beyond good at-home habits because regular brushing and flossing cannot remove all the plaque that builds up on your child’s teeth. Our hygienists use a series of hand instruments to clean your child’s teeth, mouth, and gums.

Teeth Polishing

Once your child’s teeth have been cleaned, they are polished to remove plaque and stains on the tooth surface. Polish contains an abrasive substance and fluoride and is applied using a small rotating rubber cup or brush attached to a dental handpiece.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are not always part of every check-up, but new patients age 4 years and older or patients who have oral health issues may have them taken to see potential problems not visible to the eye.

Professional Examination

Our pediatric dentist and oral hygienist will inspect your child’s teeth during their visit. The hygienist will conduct an oral examination of your child’s teeth, gums, and document any changes from a previous visit. The hygienist will discuss tooth and gum care with you and answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Next, our pediatric dentist will conduct an oral exam, review the work done by the hygienist as well as any x-rays that were taken, and make treatment recommendations.

Treatment Recommendations

If your child has any oral health problems that are witnessed in their check-up, our pediatric dentist will recommend additional treatments to prevent them from worsening and correct them.

BPA-Free Sealants

Sunny Smiles Kids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers BPA-free sealants that safely and effectively protect your child’s teeth. The application of a sealant on top of premolars and molars offers protection from the build-up of plaque and debris that often get lodged in the grooves and result in cavities. These particular teeth have the most grooves, and because of their location more toward the back of the mouth, they are the most difficult to clean with a toothbrush or floss. With proper home care, sealants can last up to 5 years and greatly reduce your child’s experience with tooth decay.

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Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an FDA-approved solution that stops and prevents the further growth of dental cavities and reduces tooth sensitivity. It is made with two ingredients: an anti-microbial agent that kills bacteria and prevents the formation of new biofilm, and the fluoride prevents further demineralization (softening) of the tooth structure. Treatment with SDF does not eliminate the need for restorative dentistry but is effective at preventing further decay. SDF is a simple and non-invasive way to treat cavities and can be completed fairly quickly.

  • The teeth are brushed without paste and rinsed.
  • The carious teeth are isolated, kept dry, and all excess debris is removed.
  • A micro brush is dipped in a drop of SDF and placed on the lesion(s) for two minutes.
  • Any decayed areas will stain black. A healthy tooth structure will not stain.
  • Excess SDF is removed, fluoride varnish is placed, and patients are instructed not to eat or drink for one hour.