Preventive Dentistry

  • Preventive Dental Care
  • Oral hygiene instructions
  • Tooth Cleaning and polishing
  • Fluoride

  • Diet Counseling

  • Oral Habits

  • Orthodontics

  • Sealant

  • Calming The Anxious Child

  • Dental Care for Special Child

  • Dental Care for Your Baby

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • Kiddie  or Pedo Partial


Preventive Dentistry


Preventive dentistry means a “healthy smile” for your child, and it begins with your child’s first tooth. Make sure to schedule your child’s first visit by his/her 1st birthday. After evaluating your child’s dental health, the Dr. will design a personalized program of home care for your child. This program would include all or several of the preventive services. By following the designed program, you can help giving your child a lifetime of healthy habits.


Oral hygiene instructions


Preventive dentistry starts with instructing patients and/or parents the proper brushing and flossing techniques. We provide and reinforce oral hygiene instructions at every recall visit.



Tooth Cleaning and polishing



Tooth cleaning or polishing treatment is a part of your child’s preventive program. We use a special paste to polish teeth and remove any plaque build-up. Some children’s teeth may require to be scaled if tartar build-up is present. Tooth cleaning or polishing is recommended twice a year followed by a Fluoride treatment. Children with braces  or special needs may require more frequent cleanings as recommended by the doctor. 






It has been scientifically proven that excess amounts of fluoride intake will cause discoloration of permanent teeth, and insufficient fluoride would promote weak enamel. Weak enamel is more susceptible to caries. In order to assure that our young children are getting just the right amount of fluoride, we provide fluoride intake analysis in our office. If you have concerns about fluoride levels in your drinking water, especially if you are on a private well, we can discuss your child’s Fluoride intake  in detail and arrange testing your well water if necessary.




Diet Counseling



It is normally recommended for children to have a balanced diet that would include major food groups for a healthy growth and development. Teeth are equally affected by the diet. A balanced diet would help teeth to grow properly. In fact, a diet full of carbohydrates, (sugars and sticky starches) would place your child at a risk of having cavities. At the initial examination visit and subsequent recall visits, we evaluate your child’s diet and make recommendations to help your child’s teeth stay healthy.




Oral Habits



Some Children suffer from oral habits such as thumb/digit sucking or tongue thrusting. These habits can be very normal for infants and younger children. Prolonged oral habits can cause dental deformities such as bite problems. The doctor would evaluate your child with prolonged oral habits. Proper recommendations will be made. These recommendations may consist of behavior management techniques and/or simple habit appliances for older children. 






Young children may suffer from orthodontic problems such as cross-bites, crowding of teeth in the jaw, congenitally missing teeth, extra teeth, and so on. Some of these orthodontic problems need to be addressed at a young age when the child still has some baby teeth as well as some permanent teeth. This is called Phase I orthodontic treatment. In some cases, if the child responds well to Phase I, extensive orthodontic treatment can totally be prevented. If major orthodontic problems are not detected or the child patient has high caries risk, Orthodontic treatment can be postponed till all permanent teeth are present.  At our office, dental growth and development is checked and recorded at every recall visit. Proper recommendations and/or orthodontic referrals are made by the doctor after this thorough assessment of dental health and growth of your child.









Sealant is a resin material similar to the material used for composite/white filling restorations. The purpose of the sealant is to fill in the crevices on the chewing surfaces of the molars to diminish the amount of food build up and bacteria, and hence reducing the chances of getting cavities in those areas. In most instances, no preparation is needed prior to application of a sealant. If your child has a difficult time with taking X-rays or during routine cleaning appointment, the doctor will discuss the recommendations and preparations with you in advance.  Sealants on permanent molars are normally covered by most Insurance s at 100% as preventive procedures. Some insurances have limitations on sealants just like other procdures. For more information on sealants, please visit to website. 




 Sports Safety



It is extremely important for children and adults to wear a mouthpiece or a mouth guard when involved in any kind of sports activity. Wearing a mouth piece can not only protect the teeth, it can also help reduce any damage on the jaw joints (TMJ) and concussions. A dental trauma can range from soft tissue bruises to  tooth fractures, avulsed teeth, Jaw fracture and so on. Mouth pieces can be purchased from sport stores or custom made by the dentist office.






 Calming The Anxious Child



Dr. Paryavi believes in high quality and comprehensive care. She also believes that patients’ comfort during  dental visits is of utmost importance, and will help the anxious children feel secure during their visits. As a pediatric dentist,  Dr. Paryavi has extensive training and experience in providing care with behavior management techniques and conscious sedation for select patients.

Furthermore, Dr. Paryavi has paid special attention in designing the offices as child friendly as possible. The goal is for the children to walk into an environment that is inviting and has a calming atmosphere. Staff members have specially been chosen to work in our pediatric dental practice, because they have calming personalities, and they like kids.

Our first visits start with getting acquainted. Child friendly names for the instruments are used. With younger and more anxious children, we try to make the first visit very happy and short. We also believe that children should be praised and rewarded with small toys and stickers for their cooperation and good behavior. This in turn would help the children to be more willing to cooperate for future visits.

We highly encourage parents to stay with their child during his/her dental treatment to help him/her to feel more secure. To alleviate potential anxiety, we request that parents do not discuss the details of the dental treatment with their children. The Dr. and staff explain procedures in a child friendly manner. This Doctor-child communication can often be enhanced if other siblings can stay in the waiting room during procedures.

Occasionally, a young child’s behavior during treatment requires assertive management. An example would be voice control, speaking calmly but firmly. Some children require other modalities such as sedation in order to receive the needed dental treatment. If such modalities are needed to be used, the Dr. and staff would review the detailed information with you in advance.





 Dental Care for Special Child



Dr. Paryavi as a pediatric dentist has advanced training to manage patients with special needs. Our office is also specially designed to be physically accessible for special patients. Special children have special dental needs. Some special children are more susceptible to gum disease, cavities or dental trauma. Most of these dental problems are highly preventable. We recommend that you start your child’s first dental visit by his/her first birthday. The doctor would recommend routine preventive visits or needed dental treatment after a thorough examination.






  Dental Care for Your Baby



Dental problems can begin at a very young age. The earlier the dental visits, the better the chance of preventing these dental problems. It is generally recommended by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics to have your child visit the dentist within 6-12 months of the eruption of the first tooth. A big concern in this age group is “Early Childhood Caries”. This is also known as “baby bottle tooth decay” or “nursing caries”. This caries process is due to using bottles at nap time or unhealthy nursing practices. Often times these young children suffer from tooth infections, early loss of baby teeth, and transient speech and aesthetic problems. The most important issue is to have a young child having to go through the dental treatment that would have been otherwise prevented. To prevent early childhood caries, the following is recommended: Wean your baby from the bottle by 12-14 months of age, don’t send your child to bed with a bottle containing sugar (milk, juice, sweet tea, and so on), encourage your child to drink from a cup by age one, start wiping or brushing your child’s teeth as they come in, schedule to see a pediatric dentist as recommended above.






 Tooth-Colored Fillings



Tooth colored fillings are made of “composite resin”, and as expected are more attractive. Composite fillings just like any other filling material would last longer, if they are kept clean with proper brushing and flossing. In our office, the composite restoration on molar tooth is further protected with the Sealant material for improved durability at no charge to patients.





Kiddie or Pedo Partial


For the very young who experience loosing  a front tooth or several front teeth due to decay or trauma, we do provide a fixed appliance that is called Kiddie/Pedo partial.  This appliance is fixed (glued on the molar teeth)  and is an elective procedure based strongly on parental desires and for cosmetic reasons only.