Pediatric Dentistry

Making kids smile throughout the Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and Westminster, CA communities!

Our patients deserve excellent dental experiences and distinctive services. We are a team of exceptional dental professionals who help each other deliver outstanding pediatric dental care in a compassionate and child-friendly environment. Our vision is to promote satisfaction to children, young adults, and parents. We know we are successful when our patients follow through with our recommendations, improve their oral health, and enthusiastically refer their friends and family to our Huntington Beach pediatric dental office.

We work hard to make sure your child’s experience at the dentist is nothing short of extraordinary. Dr. John Guijon has nearly 20 years of experience in providing dental care specifically for children, adolescents, and young adults, and for children with special needs and on the Autism Spectrum. We also offer hospital dentistry and a full range of sedation and non-sedation options, resulting in truly customized pediatric dental care.

What makes Surf City Pediatric Dentistry unique?

Giving your child a foundation for a lifetime of oral health is our number-one focus. Your child will always be greeted with a smile and by first name or nickname at eye level. We use child-friendly terms to explain what we will be doing prior to doing anything. As a parent, you are welcome to come in with your child for cleanings and checkups. For children on the Autism Spectrum, we offer pre-appointment meet-and-greet visits with the staff and Dr. Guijon, and offer desensitization appointments (when deemed appropriate) at no additional charge.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends...

Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

We believe that a trip to the dentist should be fun and educational. Getting to know your teeth!

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Learn about Your Child’s Teeth

Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.

Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).

Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by Dr. Guijon.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Guijon will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact our Huntington Beach office immediately.

Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in the mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your child should visit our Huntington Beach dental office every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored by Dr. Guijon at your child's regular checkups.