We strongly feel that pediatric dental care is essential for giving children the proper foundation for a healthy life, from childhood through adolescence and beyond. SNAHC’s dental providers and staff understand that children are often frightened at the thought of seeing a dentist-especially if it is their first visit. We are committed to ensuring all pediatric patients are comfortable and have the best experience possible at SNAHC.
Parents, you can help reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay by:
- Scheduling a visit with a dentist between one and two years of age to start preventative care such as sealants and fluoride treatment.
- If your child craves a snack, offer them nutritious foods.
- If your children chew gum, make it sugarless.
- Instead of soft drinks, choose water and low-fat milk
- Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.
- Schedule regular dental visits.
Referrals to specialists are made when necessary.
SNAHC currently partners with several local dental school programs. One such partnership is with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry to provide direct patient support for three-week rotations. Dental students from Western University in Pomona, California also support our dental providers for seven-week rotations.
Our health center also began an onsite partnership with Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for mothers and their children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional and therefore, dental risk. This partnership provides access to early oral health education and prevention for at-risk mothers and their children.
For patients that are able to, we will ask to rinse with a Chlorhexidine and/or 1.5% hydrogen peroxide solution before beginning any treatment.
During this unprecedented time, we ask that our patients be patient with our office. Should you have any more concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 916-341-0575.