Pediatric Dentistry In Livermore

If you’re looking for a dentist for pediatric care in Livermore, Dr. Kimberly King is here to help. At Kitty Hawk Dental Care, we see patients of all ages, including kids. From infants to toddlers, older kids, pre-teens and teenagers, Dr. King can provide your child with the care they need for a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Contact us for an appointment now.

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Pediatric Dentistry Services We Offer

Preventive cleanings and six-month oral exams

Dental sealants to fight back against cavities

Gentle, caring treatment for kids of all ages

Dental advice to keep your child’s smile healthy and bright

When Should My Child Go To The Dentist For The First Time?

It’s earlier than you may think. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that kids see the dentist for the first time when they turn 1 year old or their first tooth comes out, whichever happens first.

What Is Preventive Dentistry For Kids?

Preventive dentistry is the practice of using regular six-month teeth cleanings and oral exams to ensure that your child’s smile is healthy, and free of common problems like tooth decay and gum disease. It may also involve additional treatments like fluoride treatments and dental sealants, which can help fight back against common oral health problems.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are often recommended for kids who are cavity-prone. They are applied to the rear teeth, and consist of a liquid dental resin. This plastic resin is painted onto each tooth in a liquid form, and then is hardened with a UV light. When it hardens, the resin creates a transparent plastic barrier. This barrier prevents the bacteria, acid, and food particles from contacting the enamel, which stops the formation of cavities. Sealants can last up to 10 years, making them a good long-term investment in preventive dentistry.

What Can I Expect From My Child’s First Appointment?

This depends on your child’s age. For infants and kids under 2 years old who do not have most of their teeth, Dr. King will do a “lap exam.” You’ll hold your child on your lap, and Dr. King will examine their mouth and clean their teeth and gums, then discuss your child’s oral health and development with you.

Kids who are 2-3 or older or who have most or all of their teeth will get a standard teeth cleaning, just like an adult. A dental hygienist will scrape away plaque and tartar from their teeth, brush their teeth with a high-powered brush, and floss to get rid of any remaining debris. Then, Dr. King will examine your child’s mouth. X-rays may also be taken if we think they are necessary, and you approve.

How Can I Prevent My Child From Getting Cavities?

Proper at-home brushing is the most important thing when it comes to preventing dentistry. Make sure your child’s teeth are being brushed for at least 2 minutes twice a day. It’s best to brush once in the morning and once at night before bed.

Flossing is also important. Floss once per day to remove food, plaque, and bacteria that are left behind after brushing. You’ll need to floss your child’s teeth until they’re about 10 years old, and are coordinated enough to learn how to do it on their own.

A tooth-healthy diet is also important. Minimize snacking, and avoid sugary drinks like juice and soda, as well as starchy and sugary snacks like candy, potato chips, and pretzels. Instead, feed your child fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains to keep their teeth and their body healthy.

Finally, make sure you see Dr. Kimberly King at Kitty Hawk Dental Care for a teeth cleaning every six months. Dr. King will examine your child’s mouth and ensure that their smile remains strong and healthy.

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“Dr. King is professional, thorough, gentle, calm, and kind. My kids and I have been going to her for over 10 years and have had nothing but positive experiences with her and her staff.”

Ali M.

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“Dr. King & Staff always have the latest technology and are polite, caring and timely. I'm never in the dark about you, what would be best for my teeth, and how much the predicted cost would be. They also work around my crazy schedule. I think I've been coming here for around 15 years.”

Kathryn J.

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"Crystal is very nice lady out there. she helped me to fix my teeth problems. Doctor is very calm and good. I don't know the other lady's name who helped to clean my teeth... she is awesome.. great group...
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Dinesh P.

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"It has always been nice to come to Kitty Hawk for my appointments, and my most recent was no exception. This team has some very knowledgeable and resourceful members whom it is always a pleasure to see when I stop in! Keep it up!"

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"Ive been to a lot dentist to get my teeth cleaned every six months, Dr. King has hired amazing staff and hasnt been able to dissapoint. Highly recommended dental office."

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