Pediatric Dentistry

Finding a dentist for kids and teens is just as important as it is for adults. At Pathway Dental Group, we love helping our younger patients set up healthy oral health habits that last a lifetime.

Your Pediatric Dentist in Santa Barbara County, CA

Are you looking for a pediatric dentist in Santa Barbara County, California? Look no further than Pathway Dental Group. Our safe, modern dental office is ready to support your whole family.

Our Pediatric Dental Services

  • We offer a full range of pediatric dental services designed specifically for children, including:
  • Baby teeth support and space maintainers
  • Dental sealants
  • Fillings and crowns
  • Fluoride treatment with silver diamine fluoride
  • Mouthguard fittings to help with teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Orthodontic evaluations
  • Routine exams and cleanings
toddler holding a toothbrush in her mouth
  • When should my child have their first dental check-up?

    According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child’s first dental visit should happen within six months after they get their first tooth but no later than their first birthday. After the first visit, you can schedule regular check-ups for every six months.

    Your Child’s First Dental Visit

    Your child’s first dental visit is important for establishing a lifetime of quality oral health. At the visit, we’ll check for early signs of dental problems. We’ll also talk about how to take care of your child’s teeth and answer any questions.

    Your child will meet our team and have some fun in the dentist chair. The dentist will look at their teeth for any signs of decay or future concerns, such as gaps or alignment issues. We’ll also review the importance of daily oral hygiene to avoid tooth decay — brushing at least twice a day, flossing, avoiding sugary foods or brushing soon after you eat them and more.

  • What's included in pediatric dental services?

    Pediatric dentistry includes routine exams and cleanings that help ensure the best mouth health and tooth development. Additionally, pediatric dentistry uses sealants and fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. We usually apply sealants to the back molars at around 6 years of age to give an extra layer of protection from tooth decay.

  • What are the common issues of dental health in children?

    For children, their teeth are still developing. Untreated dental problems can lead to poor tooth development and even more serious problems as the child grows.

    Common pediatric dental issues include:

    • Baby teeth-loss
    • Bad breath
    • Canker sores
    • Fear of the dentist
    • Gum disease
    • Primary teeth that are hard to lose
    • Sensitive teeth
    • Teeth grinding
    • Thumb sucking habit
    • Tooth decay

More Questions?

If you have more questions about pediatric dentistry please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.