Pediatric Dentistry

Aminda Modrell, DDS

Dentist located in Alamo, CA

When it comes to dental care, you want the best for your child. Aminda Modrell, DDS, has additional training and extensive experience in pediatric dentistry. The friendly team of dental professionals at the Alamo, California, office are always gentle and pleasant with children. Dr. Modrell and the team are also passionate about teaching good habits to ensure that all pediatric patients grow with a healthy smile. To learn more about pediatric dentistry or to make an appointment, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

Aminda Modrell, DDS

How is pediatric dentistry different than adult dentistry?

Like adult dentistry, dental care for children is designed to prevent, identify, and treat dental conditions. However, children’s teeth are not the same as adult teeth. Even though juvenile teeth eventually fall out, they still need cleaning and care. Cavities and other problems affect children differently, because they may put their growing teeth, gums, or jaw bones at risk.

Perhaps most importantly, a stressful experience at the dentist can have a long-term effect on a child’s oral health. Dr. Modrell has training that allows her to examine, treat, and educate children with kindness and respect, so they have positive experiences that make oral hygiene and dental visits fun.

When should my child first see a dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that children have their first dental exam before they turn one to ensure that the primary teeth are beginning to emerge correctly and identify any possible issues as early as possible. Most very young children see the dentist around six months, 18 months, and age three.

Once your child begins kindergarten, they should have a checkup every year and a cleaning every six months.

What happens at a pediatric dental checkup?

When Dr. Modrell sees babies and toddlers, she keeps visits short, so your child gets used to dental visits being a positive experience. She may have your child sit in your lap while she does a brief oral exam. X-rays are not usually necessary at this age.

After the exam, Dr. Modrell will discuss some of the following topics:

  • Age-appropriate oral hygiene
  • Developmental milestones
  • Nutrition
  • Oral habits, like tongue thrusting or thumbsucking
  • Teething

Between the ages of 3-5, your child will have their first X-rays. Dr. Modrell continues to take digital X-rays yearly to make sure the adult teeth are healthy beneath the gums, monitor their emergence, and detect any cavities or other issues in your children’s mouth.

As a mother of three young children, Dr. Modrell understands parents' concerns, and she listens carefully and takes the time to answer questions. The warm, friendly team is always happy to accommodate your child’s special needs.

Aminda Modrell, DDS, offers convenient scheduling for school checkups, digital entertainment, and of course, a toy chest full of surprises for little ones!

To learn more, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.