All Family Dental - Oakdale

Pediatric Treatment & Education in Oakdale

We provide ongoing dental care tailored for children and their parents or guardians, from infancy through the teenage years.
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The Impact of Pediatric Dentistry

Our mission is to provide children with pediatric dental care that fosters a positive and engaging relationship with our dental team, empowering them to take charge of their oral health. Establishing happy, healthy habits early sets a foundation for a lifetime of dental visits that children can actually look forward to.

From their very first appointment, our pediatric dental services are designed to be kid-friendly. We support our young patients through routine cleanings, the excitement of their first tooth, the loss of baby teeth, and the growth of adult teeth. We’re also there for common experiences like receiving a filling—which isn’t as scary as it might seem—or beginning orthodontic treatment as teenagers. Our team is dedicated to supporting these milestones, making dental care a positive part of their growth.

Why Children's Dental Care Matters

It’s surprising, but some question the importance of children’s dental care since primary teeth eventually fall out. However, by the age of 3, most children have all their baby teeth, which begin to fall out around age 6. Excluding wisdom teeth, most children have their full set of adult teeth by their early teens. These early years are crucial as children gain and lose their primary teeth, and the health of these teeth can have lasting impacts. Good dental habits and care during this formative period help prevent future problems and set the foundation for lifelong oral health.

Poor dental health can lead to significant discomfort and broader health issues.

Just like adults, children are susceptible to tooth decay, sensitivity, infections, and gum disease. Children might not always express their discomfort clearly because they can normalize pain without a proper frame of reference. However, they experience it just as intensely. If you observe your child avoiding hot or cold foods and drinks, shying away from chewy foods, or consistently chewing on only one side of their mouth, these could be signs they are dealing with dental pain or sensitivity. It’s important to address these symptoms early to prevent further dental issues.

Baby teeth pave the way for adult teeth

As a baby tooth loosens and falls out, its root is reabsorbed, and the space left behind serves as a pathway for the emerging adult tooth. If a baby tooth is extracted prematurely, it can lead to complications such as unexpected crowding or misalignment of the adult teeth. Therefore, keeping baby teeth healthy, along with maintaining the supportive tissue and gums, is crucial for giving adult teeth the best possible start.

The Foundation of Confidence

A full set of healthy teeth is crucial for children as they learn to speak and smile confidently. From a young age, children start developing attachments and social skills, and dental health plays a significant role in these processes. Dental issues, pain, or sensitivity can affect their ability to express themselves and influence how they are perceived by their peers, potentially impacting their social interactions and self-esteem.

Nutritious Eating Habits for Growing Bodies

Offering a diverse range of foods is crucial for children’s development but can be a struggle for parents dealing with picky eaters. Dental discomfort and pain can further complicate this issue, as children might avoid crunchy, chewy, or textured foods that cause discomfort. This can lead to problematic eating habits, such as chewing on only one side of the mouth, using an incorrect part of the mouth, or showing a reduced overall interest in eating. Addressing dental issues early can help prevent these habits from becoming entrenched, supporting healthier eating patterns as they grow.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatric dentists are specialists in dental care for children from infancy through their teenage years. They possess the expertise and training needed to manage the extensive changes that occur in children’s mouths as they transition into adulthood. This specialized care ensures that as children grow, their dental health is expertly supported every step of the way.

Your child will typically begin teething around 6 months of age. It is recommended that they have their first dental visit by the age of 1, or within 6 months after their first tooth emerges. If you notice any signs of discomfort or suspect that something might be wrong, it’s important to schedule an appointment promptly. Remember, it’s never too late for a child to have their first dental visit.

Technically, a pediatric dentist focuses on the dental health of individuals who have not yet reached the age of majority. These specialists provide care for patients ranging from 6 months old to 18 years old, addressing the unique dental needs that arise throughout childhood and adolescence.

The guideline for how often a child should visit the dentist mirrors that for adults: typically every 6 months, unless advised differently by a dentist. Depending on individual needs and budgetary considerations, some patients may choose to schedule visits every 3 or 8 months. However, it’s important not to let more than a year pass between dental check-ups. If your child is experiencing any discomfort or pain, it’s crucial to book an appointment immediately—don’t delay in seeking professional advice.

Google Verified Patient Reviews

Samantha Kae
6 months ago
My husband had a great experience here. He has been to many dental offices and has always had pain during the procedure. Thanks to Dr. Anderson and Shayla he felt nothing at all through both an extraction and a root canal. Our family would very much recommend these guys and will always be receiving our dental work here!
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Joni H
1 year ago
Our family made the switch to All Family Dental when the dental office that we had been going to for over 20 years said that the next available appointment was 10 months away! Actually, they did us a favor because we couldn’t be happier with All Family Dental. Not only are they very accommodating with appointment times, but the entire staff is personable and technically top notch!
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Bryan Foss
1 year ago
Dr. Kevin and his assistant Sara were absolutely fantastic. I have never had the personable service and feeling like my best interests were the most important. I have found my forever dentist. I will definitely be sending people I care about there!
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I wanted to share the incredible experience I had at All Family Dental today. Elizabeth was my dental hygienist. She has such personal and professional chairside manners. She makes me feel very welcome from the minute I sit down. She tells me exactly what she will be doing so there are no surprises. At this appointment, she needed to share with me that I brush my teeth too hard. However, rather then accusing me of brushing incorrectly, she walked me through a series of questions that allowed me to determine I could change my brushing technique and preserve my pearly whites even longer. Thanks, Elizabeth, you're a dental ROCK STAR!
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Dr Anderson, Dr Tim and the staff Shayla, Marlena, Mary, Tara, Melanie, are VERY professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I’ve been coming here for a year now and every time I come in they know me by name - very impressive. That’s the high level of attention to detail they provide. Walking into All Family Dental gives me a friendly feeling of warmth, comfort, and confidence that I am right were I want to be for my dental work. I would recommend All Family Dental to any and all of my friends and family. I consider myself very fortunate that I found such a solid dental practice with such wonderful people. You will too!
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Samantha Kae
6 months ago
My husband had a great experience here. He has been to many dental offices and has always had pain during the procedure. Thanks to Dr. Anderson and Shayla he felt nothing at all through both an extraction and a root canal. Our family would very much recommend these guys and will always be receiving our dental work here!
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Joni H
1 year ago
Our family made the switch to All Family Dental when the dental office that we had been going to for over 20 years said that the next available appointment was 10 months away! Actually, they did us a favor because we couldn’t be happier with All Family Dental. Not only are they very accommodating with appointment times, but the entire staff is personable and technically top notch!
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Bryan Foss
1 year ago
Dr. Kevin and his assistant Sara were absolutely fantastic. I have never had the personable service and feeling like my best interests were the most important. I have found my forever dentist. I will definitely be sending people I care about there!
More
I wanted to share the incredible experience I had at All Family Dental today. Elizabeth was my dental hygienist. She has such personal and professional chairside manners. She makes me feel very welcome from the minute I sit down. She tells me exactly what she will be doing so there are no surprises. At this appointment, she needed to share with me that I brush my teeth too hard. However, rather then accusing me of brushing incorrectly, she walked me through a series of questions that allowed me to determine I could change my brushing technique and preserve my pearly whites even longer. Thanks, Elizabeth, you're a dental ROCK STAR!
More
Dr Anderson, Dr Tim and the staff Shayla, Marlena, Mary, Tara, Melanie, are VERY professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I’ve been coming here for a year now and every time I come in they know me by name - very impressive. That’s the high level of attention to detail they provide. Walking into All Family Dental gives me a friendly feeling of warmth, comfort, and confidence that I am right were I want to be for my dental work. I would recommend All Family Dental to any and all of my friends and family. I consider myself very fortunate that I found such a solid dental practice with such wonderful people. You will too!
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