James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry in San Luis Obispo

Our team at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry wants to give your little one’s smile a great start. That’s why we’ve chosen to make preventive dentistry a centerpiece of our practice. Through routine care, we seek to help children in and around San Luis Obispo enjoy quality oral health as they grow. And with our commitment to education, we want to equip them with the knowledge they’ll need to develop healthy brushing and flossing habits—habits that could lead to a lifetime of excellent health.

Our preventive dental services include:

Dental Cleanings and Exams

Let’s face it, children aren’t always the most thorough when it comes to brushing and flossing. As a result, young patients are often more vulnerable to dental problems like tooth decay and plaque buildup. That’s why it’s so important for your son or daughter to see a dentist at least twice a year.

During routine exams, a registered dental assistant will clean and polish your son or daughter’s teeth, removing bacteria, plaque, and leftover food debris in the process. Then Dr. Forester will inspect each of your child’s teeth and his or her gums, assessing for any signs of decay, inflammation, or other common dental concerns. Dr. Forester's extensive training has also equipped him with the ability to recognize and treat many growth and development issues at an early stage rather than waiting for more severe problems down the road.  He may also recommend x-rays, an oral cancer screening, or a further periodontal inspection depending on the results of the exam.

Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Besides helping young patients with regular exams and cleanings, we offer two other very effective preventive services: dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants are designed to protect the the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the molars from decay. The service works using a thin layer of material that is applied to the patient's teeth as a liquid and then dried, providing years of protection. Fluoride, on the other hand, works by attracting minerals that will strengthen enamel against the damage that acidic bacteria can cause.

Do you want to know if either of these services is right for your little one? Don’t hesitate to ask during your family’s next visit.

Mouth Guards

If your child plays sports or struggles with teeth grinding, our pediatric dental office in San Luis Obispo would be happy to create a custom-made mouth guard for him or her. An athletic mouth guard will protect your little one’s smile while he or she is active. Meanwhile, a special appliance known as a night guard can prevent excessive wear and tear for young patients who struggle with teeth grinding. If you have questions about either service, don’t hesitate to let Dr. Forester or another member of our team know.

Is it time for your little one’s next visit to Coastal Pediatric Dentistry? Call our office to reserve an appointment. We offer quality preventive dentistry to young patients in San Luis Obispo and all nearby communities.

Kids and PArents Love us

Our 5-year old had a great experience, despite needing a cavity filled. Dr. Forester spent a lot of time with us explaining everything and totally put our son at ease. We're glad we found you! ~ Destini C., Facebook Review
My 3 1/2 & 2 year old LOVE this dental office & Dr Forrester! Everybody in the office is friendly & make the visit fun for kids. Highly recommended! ~ Jen B., Facebook Review

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