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101 W Arrellaga St, #A
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Omid Barkhordar, DDS

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Pediatric Dentistry

Smiley faceAs a leading pediatric dentist in Santa Barbara, Dr. Barkhordar knows how to work with children and teens in a way that motivates them to care for their teeth – and gets them excited about visiting the dentist.


Why is a good pediatric dentist important?

Many children of all ages are terrified of going to the dentist. Some of them are afraid of the pain involved, and others are simply scared of the unknown. But a good pediatric dentist can ease your child’s fears and ensure their dental visits are always fun and comfortable. In this way, your child will learn that visiting the dentist isn’t scary or painful – and it can actually be a pleasant experience.


What to expect during your child’s first dental visit

Young children should have their first dental visit by the time they are one year old – or within six months of their first tooth coming in. You can expect this first visit to be short and easy. It won’t involve much treatment – it will simply give your child the chance to meet Dr. Barkhordar in a friendly and non-threatening way.

To begin, Dr. Barkhordar will ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child while he performs the exam. During this time, he’ll check your child’s teeth for decay, examine his bite and look for any potential issues involving the gums and jaw. If needed, our dental hygienist will clean any teeth, and Dr. Barkhordar will offer guidance on how to best care for your child’s oral health. During this time, he will also discuss developmental issues that may occur and answer any questions you have about teething, nutrition, good oral hygiene and oral habits like thumb sucking.

In most cases, Dr. Barkhordar will want to see your child every six months moving forward. Not only will this get your child more comfortable visiting the dentist, but it also allows Dr. Barkhordar to proactively treat any early issues before they evolve into serious complications. This is important because it will ensure that your child’s visits to the dentist continue to be easy and stress-free, even as they grow older.


Your child’s dental care through the years

As your child grows, his or her dental visits will also evolve and change. By the time he or she is about five or six years of age, Dr. Barkhordar will take a set of x-rays to check for cavities and tooth decay, and to make sure the adult teeth are growing into the jaw properly.

Between the ages of six and twelve, your child’s baby teeth will fall out and her permanent teeth will begin to emerge. Once that happens, Dr. Barkhordar will likely suggest a sealant over cavity-prone molars to prevent bacteria and debris from accumulating in the area and causing decay. Also at around this time, Dr. Barkhordar will recommend having an orthodontic evaluation, which can identify any small issues before they evolve into full-blown problems. For example, signs of protruding teeth, a crossbite and crowding issues can be addressed early, and may prevent the need for more extensive treatment down the road.


Schedule an appointment

Beautiful, strong and healthy teeth can do wonders for your child’s quality of life and self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Santa Barbara office – and let us give your child the megawatt smile they deserve.


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His staff is super friendly and he’s downtown in a great local. I’m a very happy patient, and love my new dentist. I highly recommend him!

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