Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Robert A. Rees, DDS -  - Comprehensive Dentistry

Robert A. Rees, DDS

Comprehensive Dentistry & General Dentistry located in La Jolla, CA

Regular dental visits are essential for your child’s oral health care, starting with the eruption of their very first tooth. At the office of Robert A Rees, DDS, in La Jolla, California, your child can undergo comprehensive pediatric dentistry services in a compassionate and relaxing environment. Whether your little one needs a routine cleaning and dental exam, or they’re struggling with tooth pain, contact the clinic today. You can conveniently request an appointment through the website, or you can call the office to book your appointment.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a specialized branch dedicated to preventive care and treatment of dental issues that affect children. Depending on your child’s age and oral health history, pediatric dentistry may involve any of the following:

  • Professional cleaning
  • Extractions 
  • Oral exam
  • Sealants
  • Fillings 
  • X-rays 

Pediatric dentistry also involves getting fitted for mouthguards if your child is involved in sports that put them at risk of tooth damage, including football, hockey, or wrestling. During each pediatric dentistry appointment, your child learns age-appropriate oral health tips — like how to properly brush and floss — so they can develop beneficial skills from an early age. 

When should my child see a pediatric dentist?

It’s important to bring your child into the office of Robert A Rees, DDS, when their teeth start coming in, or before their first birthday. Once your little one has their very first pediatric evaluation, Dr. Rees typically wants to see them once every six months. 

Outside of these routine preventive care pediatric dental exams, you should bring your child in to see Dr. Rees if they:

  • Complain of tooth pain
  • Experience difficulty chewing
  • Break or knock out a tooth
  • Develop an oral sore 
  • Have a deep laceration that needs stitches

Dr. Rees dedicates himself to ensuring every member of your family achieves optimal oral health. 

How do I prepare my child for a pediatric dentist appointment?

It can be helpful to make a few preparations before your child’s upcoming pediatric dentist appointment at the office of Robert A Rees, DDS. For instance, for toddlers and young children, it’s beneficial to schedule their appointments after a nap or first thing in the morning, so they’re well-rested and alert. 

Dr. Rees needs to know about all of your child’s habits, and it’s often helpful to write them down ahead of time. He needs to know about:

  • Pacifier or thumb-sucking habits
  • Issues with chewing or swallowing
  • Bottle or nursing practices
  • Teething issues

You should also let Dr. Rees know about any oral health complaints that your child has, including teeth sensitivity. 

If your child is due for a dental exam or needs to be seen right away, contact the office of Robert A Rees, DDS. Schedule through the website or by phone today.