Melissa Tuft, DDS General Dentist

Pediatric Dentist Specialist

Melisa Tuft, DDS

General Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

When it comes to your health, continuity of care is important, and it’s no different with your oral health. That’s why Melissa Tuft, DDS, sees children and adults in her San Francisco, Union Square area, dental office. As a pediatric dentist, she provides the oral health screenings and treatments your child needs, while building a dentist-patient relationship that can last through more than just their childhood. With over 25 years of experience and continuing education, she stays current on the latest advancements and best practices in pediatric dentistry. Call the office today, or go online to book your child’s first appointment.

Pediatric Dentist Q & A

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist focuses on the oral health of children. They understand and address the unique needs of children, including the development and loss of baby teeth and identifying issues as the permanent teeth penetrate the gumline.

Pediatric dentists like Dr. Tuft provide compassionate and comprehensive oral health care, including:

  • Examinations
  • Risk assessments
  • Preventive care, including dental cleaning and fluoride treatments
  • Orthodontic assessments
  • Dental repairs, including cavities
  • Diagnosis of oral health conditions
  • Treatment of dental injuries and trauma
  • Recommendations on diet and nutrition
  • Habit counseling

Dr. Tuft offers procedures to make you and your child more comfortable. For instance, air abrasion uses air to remove decayed tooth matter, instead of traditional drilling. She also offers some short-term anesthesiology for specific procedures.

When should a child first see a pediatric dentist?

Dr. Tuft recommends a child’s first dental appointment occur when the child gets their first tooth or near their first birthday, whichever occurs first. This appointment begins your child’s oral health experience and allows them to become accustomed to the dentist and dental care.

After this first appointment, Dr. Tuft typically recommends that your child have a dental cleaning every six months. If there are presenting issues or your child is at high risk for oral health concerns, Dr. Tuft may suggest more frequent dental appointments.

What happens at the first pediatric dental appointment?

To make your child’s first dental appointment a positive experience, Dr. Tuft keeps the appointment short and friendly. Dr. Tuft may ask you to hold your child in your lap.

Dr. Tuft looks in your child’s mouth and counts their teeth while touching them with a handheld tool. She looks at your child’s teeth for any signs of decay, bite issues, or gum problems. If there’s need to do so, the hygienist may clean your child’s teeth.

In addition, Dr. Tuft counsels you on your child’s oral health needs, including things like:

  • Oral hygiene practices
  • Cavity prevention
  • Oral habits like thumb sucking or the use of pacifiers
  • Teething
  • Fluoride needs
  • Proper nutrition

If she has any concerns about your child’s oral health, she discusses them with you.

Start your child’s dental care right with a pediatric dentist. Call to schedule their first appointment with Dr. Tuft today, or book it online.

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