Dr. Ken Schweifler is a family dentist serving the Los Altos community. Our office welcomes patients of all ages and can provide complete oral health care for the enjoyment of a healthy smile. Routine dental care is the foundation of both dental health and overall physical health and wellness. A smile that is stable and functions comfortably will support your best quality of life.
Children’s Dental Care in Los Altos
Dr. Schweifler can meet the dental health needs of a growing smile in our Los Altos dentist office. Our team provides age-appropriate dentistry and oral hygiene advice to foster a healthy attitude towards routine dental care. Our goal is to support healthy oral development for your growing child and establish healthy oral habits that last a lifetime.
When should I bring my child to the dentist?
Dr. Schweifler recommends that parents and caregivers bring children in for their first dental visit when the primary teeth begin to erupt or by their first birthday. These initial visits enable young babies to become acclimated at an early age to the sights and sounds of the dental office environment. It also provides the opportunity for our dental care team to begin to monitor the oral development of your child. When problems that could impact the health, stability or appearance of their smiles are discovered early it is possible to offer an intervention that could prevent complex problems down the road.
Are baby teeth important?
Yes, your child’s baby teeth or primary teeth are very important and play key roles in overall development:
- Supporting normal speech: properly positioned and healthy primary teeth will help your child develop normal speech patterns in the absence of other concerns.
- Placeholders for permanent teeth: the primary teeth play a role in the position and growth of permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is decayed or damaged, Dr. Schweifler will provide appropriate dental care to maintain healthy oral development.
When are dental sealants placed?
Dental sealants are typically placed on the larger back teeth that have multiple cusps. The first and second molars begin erupting around the age of 9 and sealants are placed once the teeth have fully erupted. Dental sealants are also available for teen and adult patients to prevent tooth decay.