Pediatric Dentistry

A Lifetime of Great Oral Health Begins with a Pediatric & Holistic Dentist in Mission Viejo

A friendly, knowledgeable, and gentle holistic, biological, and pediatric dentist in Mission Viejo is your child’s best friend. While many adults don’t like visiting the dentist, children are not born with this fear. Therefore, it’s important to set a positive tone from their very first visit.

As a pediatric holistic dental practice in Orange County, our philosophy is based on preventive dentistry. When disease and damaging conditions are avoided in a child, or at least at their earliest stages of development, we can keep your child's teeth and mouth in their naturally healthy and beautiful state. 

As the 21th century and dynamic dental practice, we focus on the oral-systemic connection and the imporatance of the mouth and rest of child's overall health being in balance and harmony. we understand that any oral condition such as decay, gum issues, tooth grinding even crowding of teeth in children as they grow are in connection to what is going on in that child...physically, mentally, and emotionally. Thus, we use gentle and natural therapies to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases of the oral problems.

Our wellness-integrated dental care helps your children to not only replace fear with Love & Excitement for Dentistry, but also develop awareness about the importance of maintaining and sustaining good habits for their teeth and general well-being.

When Is the Right Time to Visit the Dentist?

Ideally, on their first birthday. It’s much easier to guide the development of their teeth at the earliest stage. Our pediatric dentist can give you helpful tips on proper dental care such as:

  • How to recognize the signs of decay
  • The right way to brush a child’s teeth
  • When to start flossing

Trust our pediatric dentists to work closely with you as you lay down the foundations of good oral hygiene for your little one.

Smiles that Last a Lifetime

At Aria Dental, you’ll find everything your child needs to create and maintain a great smile for life:

  • No Metal​, No Mercury, No Silver Amalgam Fillings
    We avoid using metal in the mouth due to its galvanizing properties and possible toxicity. We also offer the option of filling materials that is made from ceramic particulate, not the plastic typically found in composite fillings that can contain BPA, Bis GMA, and BPA precursors.  
  • No More Toxic Fluoride ... Safe Ozone Therapy
    All it takes is a few minutes several times a year to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and plaque build-up. Go in for quick and safe Oxygen / Ozone Therapy and leave our clinic with better oral health!
  • Truely BPA Free Sealants
    Children’s teeth have deep grooves that attract decay. Sealants offer an affordable and highly effective way to seal off these grooves from food and bacteria getting stuck; it also strengthen your child's teeth. Sealants can last for years, and we'll monitor them during check-ups. You have an option of choosing sealants that are made from ceramic particles which truly have no BPA precursors. 
  • Saliva PH Testing
    We look at the genetic predisposition of your child's teeth to measure if your child's genetics put them at a higher risk. We measure the PH of the saliva because cavities cannot occur in an alkaline environment. if your child's PH is acidic, we can educate on ways to raise their PH. We focus on the role of microbiome to protect against "harmful bacteria" and oral disease and educate on how to nurture your microbiome.
  • Reverse Your Child’s Early Caries with Ozone/oxygen Therapy
    Dr. Maryam Horiyat, Licensed from American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAOt), can apply Ozone to infuse oxygen released from unstable ozone in your child’s teeth. This therapy is a much more “minimally invasive” treatment that can help to arrest and kills bad bacteria, neutralize the acidic environment around tooth, and ultimately help to avoid the complications of dental cavities such as loosing natural tooth and root canal.
  • Anxiety-Free Dentistry (Sedation Dentistry)
     ​​An excellent and safe choice for children two years old or older. Our in-house sedation services use Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas to keep younger patients calm throughout their procedure — no stress, no pain, no fuss!
  • Extractions & More
     Painless, gentle, and caring, every child is in good hands with some of Mission Viejo’s most respected dentists.
  • Early Orthodontic Treatment 
    Does your child’s smile need correction? Our orthodontists will help you explore the right treatment for your child or teen. Getting the perfect smile has never been this fun or easy!
    • To Guide the growth of your child's jaw toward. straight permanent teeth in future by creating more space for crowded teeth.
    • To regulate the width of both upper and lower arches. 
    • To correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems.

This is just the start of our comprehensive pediatric services, so please feel free to set-up an appointment or call us to learn more!

Preventing Tooth Decay

Many children struggle with tooth decay, but it’s fairly easy to prevent this. As early as possible, build proper brushing and flossing habits, and take them for regular dental cleanings and check-ups every six months.

Primary Teeth Development Chart
Upper Teeth When tooth emerges When tooth falls out
Central incisor 8 to 12 months 6 to 7 years
Lateral incisor 9 to 13 months 7 to 8 years
Canine (cuspid) 16 to 22 months 10 to 12 years
First molar 13 to 19 months 9 to 11 years
Second molar 25 to 33 months 10 to 12 years
Lower Teeth When tooth emerges When tooth falls out
Second molar 23 to 31 months 10 to 12 years
First molar 14 to 18 months 9 to 11 years
Canine (cuspid) 17 to 23 months 9 to 12 years
Lateral incisor 10 to 16 months 7 to 8 years
Central incisor 6 to 10 months 6 to 7 years

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Sleep Symptoms for Children

Sleep disorders in children are conditions that prevent them from getting a full night’s rest on a regular basis. There are many children who, at some time(s), experience problems sleeping. The National Institutes of Health identify more than 100 disorders of sleeping and waking. Many of these issues are normal and may not be classified as a sleep disorder but proper diagnosis is required because an undiagnosed condition of obstructive sleep apnea can not only increase in severity as the child ages, but it can also become life threatening.

Some of the most common sleep disorders and problems are:

  • Childhood insomnia
  • Sleep apnea in children
  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Sleepwalking
  • Bedwetting.

Children’s Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Does your child grind his or her teeth while sleeping? It is not unusual. Experts say teeth grinding or bruxism is common, particularly in toddlers and preschoolers. Most kick the habit by age of 6 or 7 when their permanent molars erupt; other continue to grind through their teen years.

What is the cause of bruxism in children? Pediatricians and pediatric dentist do not have any cure for bruxism, but they agree that bruxism usually stem from ear infection, teething, or an improper alignment of their teeth.

Is Teeth Grinding Harmful for Kids?

Most Pediatric dentists agree that grinding is not usually problem for toddlers because their bites are flexible and will most likely change as they grow. However, it becomes more of a problem with older children since it interferes with normal growth and alignment of their permanent teeth. Nighttime clenching can wear down or chip teeth, make them sensitive to temperature, significantly affect your child’s healthy bite, or lead to. TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).

As a preventive measure, you should consider getting a custom-made night guards from your pediatric dentist.

A Kid-Friendly Place for Dental Care

At Aria Dental, we treat everyone like family! Our courtesy is not just reserved for our adult patients, but all of our young guests as well.

Feeling a bit thirsty? Refreshing drinks like fruit juice are served at our concierge. The fresh, cool ambiance of our dental office is sure to put any worries to rest.

When the moment comes for their treatment or procedure, a massaging dental chair keeps them cozy from start to finish. We also have ceiling flat screens and hundreds of movies for them to watch using wireless headphones, making them feel right at home.

We can’t wait to meet our newest guests. Schedule you’re child’s next dental appointment here at Aria Dental!

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