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Pediatric Specialist

Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS

Dentist located in Riverside, CA

A child’s first visit to the dentist can be scary and intimidating, but with special care and consideration, Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to enjoy the dentist. Located in Riverside, California, Dr. Lindegren offers thorough dental care for children and takes the time to get to know your child and his or her concerns. Schedule your child’s dental visit today by calling the office or using the online tool.

Pediatric Q & A

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a dentist who specializes in the care of children — often dedicating themselves to additional training to care for the unique oral health needs of children and those with special needs. Children begin to develop their baby teeth around 6 months of age and start to lose those baby teeth around the ages of 6-7.

Dr. Lindegren recommends all children see a dentist around the age of 3. However, if you have specific concerns, your child can get care sooner. Children are especially susceptible to cavities, due to weaker enamel and diet.

Visiting Dr. Lindegren can help your child learn about oral health and proper brushing and flossing techniques to protect their teeth and overall health for life. Habits are formed at an early age of development making brushing and flossing a necessary skill for longevity of your childs teeth and health of gums.

How is a pediatric dentist different from a regular dentist?

In addition to extra training in pediatrics and special needs, pediatric dentists also offer an environment that is comfortable for children — including movies, music, and space for the parents to be with the child during their visit.

Dr. Lindegren understands that visiting the dentist can be scary and uncomfortable for children, so she takes time to talk with your child and let them know what will happen during their visit. If they’d like, she offers mirrors and cameras so your child can watch the procedure.

If your child has trouble relaxing, Dr. Lindegren offers safe nitrous oxide — or laughing gas — that’s monitored throughout the visit to ensure your child is comfortable.

Dr. Lindegren works with your child to help them enjoy their experience as much as possible without forcing your child into a procedure or experience that makes them uncomfortable.

How can I help my child feel calm at the dentist?

If your child is afraid of the dentist or has special needs, discuss your concerns with Dr. Lindegren before your child’s visit. She provides recommendations about how to talk about visiting the dentist and what you and your child can expect during your visit.

It’s best to avoid telling your child to expect fear or pain but instead focus on positive language that reinforces good health habits. Dr. Lindegren encourages parents to join us in the room as we treat their child. This allows the child to feel safe in a new environment.  

Dental visits in a safe, comfortable environment can make all the difference for your child. Schedule a visit by phone or online today with Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, to take care of your child’s oral health.