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Children's Service

Saban Family Dental is a pediatric-friendly dental practice. Our friendly staff will help alleviate your child’s dental-related fear as we provide gentle and tender dental care to ensure that your child feels safe and comfortable during their visit to our dental practice. We also have a treasure box full of toys for your child to play with!

Pediatric Dental Care

At what age should I bring my child to see dentist?

First tooth = first visit. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) that a child visit the dentist shortly after the first tooth break through the gums, which is around 6 months of age. The two bottom teeth typically erupt first at around 6 months of age which is followed by two top teeth, around 8-12 months. Your child’s first visit to the dental office should ideally be scheduled by his/her first birthday!

How often should my child see dentist?

It is important to take your child to the dentist for a routine dental exam, just like your regular dental cleaning/ check-up visits. Routine exam for a child usually involve brief check up of gums and teeth, and removal of plaque (if present) by either the dentist or dental hygienist. We ensure proper communication is made between you and the dentist, so you, as a parent, can help prevent future dental problems from emerging.

Topical Fluoride

Fluoride is an excellent element that provides many dental benefits to both kids and adults. Not only does it strengthen your enamel, it is scientifically proven to be effective in preventing cavities. Topical fluoride application at a dental office ensures effective and safe delivery of fluoride.

Topical fluoride can be applied in different methods:

  • Trays

Two trays are used (one for upper teeth, one for lower teeth) for this method. Fluoride gel or foam-lined trays are placed accordingly, and are placed in the mouth for one minute.

During this technique, the patient is advised NOT to swallow (suction is placed in the mouth to remove any fluoride excess) during fluoride application. After one minute has passed, you can simply spit out the rest. Post-instructions are always given – no food, drinks, or gum for thirty minutes after fluoride application for maximum benefit.

  • Paint-On

As the name suggests, fluoride in gel form is painted on your tooth surfaces. Your teeth are first dried with air to ensure adhesion of fluoride gel to your teeth. Once fluoride is coated to the tooth surfaces, it is instructed NOT to brush or floss for at least two hours, and to AVOID hot, crunch, and chewy food.


This method is not recommended for kids under the age of six due to the likeliness of swallowing the rinse by accident. For this reason, fluoride rinse is commonly given to young adults or adults who are at risk of developing cavities. Instruction after fluoride rinse is to avoid food, drinks, and even chewing gum for thirty minutes to maximize protective benefit of fluoride.


Dental sealants provide protected layer over adult molars to significantly reduce risk of developing cavities. Molars naturally have pits and grooves on chewing surfaces, making molars more prone to cavities as food and bacteria gets easily trapped inside. Think of it as nail polish or paint – a thin, protective layer is placed to smooth out pits and grooves, and thus prevent direct contact between the tooth and food particles. Once these pits and grooves are filled with sealant material, food particles and cavity-causing bacteria will no longer be able to adhere and accumulate directly onto the enamel. It is advisable to place sealants as once your child’s adult molars become fully erupted.

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