Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Rick Pan, DMD

Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Of all the services Dr. Rick Pan provides to residents of the San Jose, California, area, pediatric dentistry is among the most rewarding. A child's first few dental visits can shape the way he or she views dental care for all the years to follow. If you're looking for a dentist who is able and willing to take the time to make a true connection with your child, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pan today. Online scheduling is an option and can help you find a convenient appointment time.

Pediatric Dentistry

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a specialized type of dental work focused on providing care to children to monitor their dental growth, address the prevention of dental disease and their treatment.

Your child is never too young for a first dental appointment. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should bring your child in for their first dental visit by age one, or once their teeth begin to erupt, which is usually at six months old.  

When searching for a dentist that provides care to children, it's important to take the time to find a practitioner who has a personal nature and is patient and compassionate.

In the event that your child is fully noncompliant, Dr. Pan can make use of his extensive professional network to refer you to a pediatric dentistry specialist who can provide the necessary care. That said, Dr. Pan is experienced in working with children. He's helped many families enjoy their visits to his office as they pursue optimal dental health.

Why are pediatric dentistry appointments important?

During your child’s appointments, Dr. Pan and his staff provide a thorough dental examination and cleaning. By maintaining regular appointments, you can help ensure that any dental issues affecting your child are addressed in a prompt manner.

After conducting an examination and performing routine X-rays, Dr. Pan discusses the following with you and your child:

  • Preventative dentistry habits — Dr. Pan recommends using dental sealants to prevent future decay
  • Diagnose any tooth decay or cavities, and discuss treating them with tooth-colored fillings called composites
  • Tracking how your child’s teeth are emerging and if they are coming into contact with each other as they erupt. Dr. Pan will recommend an orthodontist if he thinks your child’s  teeth need to be repositioned
  • Fitting for a sports mouthpiece if your child is involved in sports where the teeth may need more protection

Even more importantly, beginning dental visits as early as possible helps your child develop a positive impression of dental care. That impression can last a lifetime and can help ensure that your child’s adult years are happy and healthy.

What’s the best way to prepare for a pediatric dental visit?

If you begin bringing your child to see Dr. Pan as a toddler, he or she will already have positive associations with those visits. By the time your child is able to understand that a dental appointment is on the horizon, there should be no anxiety.

Another great way to prepare your child is to bring he or she with you during your own dental cleaning appointments. Watching mom or dad have a pleasant interaction with Dr. Pan goes a long way toward establishing a trusting relationship.

One approach to avoid is surprising your child with a visit to the dentist. This sends the message that the visit is something to dread, and can set a negative tone for the entire encounter. When you’re ready to schedule your child’s next dental visit, reach out to the office of Dr. Rick Pan.