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Located in San Marcos, CA, SmileBuilders Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics serves adolescent patients of San Diego County with a commitment to deliver extraordinary pediatric care. We’re here to meet your child’s needs throughout their young life — from baby teeth to braces. Our goal is for our patients to have optimal oral health, and we believe this starts with education!

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should you start taking your child to the dentist?

As a general rule, we say a child should make their first trip to the dentist before their first birthday. Ideally, we’ll begin dental care when your baby’s first tooth appears. Once that tooth first appears, it’s the parents’ responsibility to keep it clean and healthy! Make sure you brush their teeth at least once a day at bedtime.

What do I do if my child has a dental emergency?

If your child has suffered a dental-related injury, please call our office right away. If you call after hours, our answering service will ensure Dr. Rashedi gets the message as soon as possible.

Remember: the first half-hour following a dental injury is the most important. For teeth that have been knocked out, rinse gently, but do not scrub. If they appear clean, put in milk, and bring them here ASAP for treatment!

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that can be beneficial to oral health. Systemic fluoride, ingested through drinking fluoridated water or prescribed supplements, helps developing teeth become stronger by incorporating itself into the enamel. It is a topical application with toothpaste and other rinses to strengthen your pearly whites.

What general dental & orthodontic treatments does SmileBuilders offer?

When it comes to your child’s pediatric oral health, we’ve got you covered! We provide a vast array of dental and orthodontic services, including:

  • Dental Cleanings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Sealants
  • X-Rays
  • Invisalign
  • Traditional Metal Braces
  • Digital Impressions
How does insurance work?

At our office, we are committed to providing you the best possible care. Our staff will go over your treatment plan and associated costs with you so that there are no surprises down the road. We accept a variety of payment options, including cash, check, and credit card. We can help save money through CareCredit® financing, which offers zero-interest monthly payments until all expenses have been paid off.

Why do I need to take my infant to the dentist when their baby teeth are just going to fall out?
The importance of baby teeth can’t be overstated. Maintaining primary molars helps prevent cavities that could lead to problems affecting permanent teeth, including space loss and unnecessary pain or infection in those precious young mouths.
When should my child see the orthodontist?
It is recommended children see an orthodontist at 7-years old. Early orthodontic screening is beneficial and can diagnose problems with growth patterns that will affect the permanent teeth.

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