Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby both have young children and have experience treating children's oral health conditions, making us an ideal place for your pediatric dentist in Half Moon Bay. We offer comprehensive dental care, including dental checkups and fluoride treatment.

Why Is Preventative Dental Care Important for Children?

Preventative pediatric dentistry keeps your child's teeth free from plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease, so they don't need extensive treatment.

Routinely visiting Half Moon Bay Dentistry for preventative care allows our dental team to monitor your child's teeth development and identify conditions that need treatment. Although many oral conditions can affect a child, some of the most common that we'll look for during dental checkups include the following:

Tooth decay or cavities
Mild gingivitis (gum disease)
Erosion of the enamel

Working with our pediatric dentist in Half Moon Bay can detect early signs of common issues that may affect your child and help your child learn good at-home oral hygiene habits.

Happy little girl with missing front teeth smiling.

Preventative Care We Provide

Starting at six months of age, children can visit us for preventative dental care. Making and keeping regular checkup appointments will benefit your child's oral health and encourage the formation of habits that will last throughout their entire life.

Child Teeth Cleanings and Child Dental Exams

We recommend that your child visit our office every six months for a routine checkup, which includes a cleaning and an exam. Children need these services to help maintain a healthy smile. Some children may need them more frequently to monitor development issues.

Cleanings allow a trained professional to remove buildup from teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum inflammation. During some appointments, Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby will take digital X-rays to diagnose problems that may otherwise go undetected. These images are essential for monitoring the development and growth of your child's mouth.

Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealants  

Fluoride is in many everyday dental products, like toothpaste and mouth rinses, as well as our public water supply. Its primary use in dentistry is to protect and strengthen teeth, helping to fight against the formation of cavities. We offer professional fluoride treatments that provide additional protection for your child’s smile.

During your child's exam, we may recommend dental sealants. Sealants are a preventative dental treatment that protects teeth from decay. We place a clear or tooth-colored resin material onto the chewing surface of the teeth, where it blocks bacteria and food particles from settling in the natural pits and grooves of the tooth. 

Learn More About Fluoride and Sealants

Safe Sedation

Dental appointments often make children nervous, especially if they need a tooth extracted. At Half Moon Bay Dentistry, we want your child to feel comfortable, so we offer safe sedation dentistry. Your child may benefit from nitrous oxide or oral sedation to help them remain calm throughout treatment.

Learn More About safe sedation
Location & Hours

Half Moon Bay

780 Purissima St. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2156
Monday
8:30 - 5:00
Tuesday
8:30 - 5:00
Wednesday
8:30 - 5:00
Thursday
8:00 - 2:00
Friday & Saturday
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