May 18, 2022

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Dugoni School of Dentistry Offers Comprehensive Oral Health Care for the Entire Family

Parents, have you heard the saying that “we are only as happy as our saddest child”? Well, painful mouths can make children sad, and few physical ailments cause more pain than poor oral health. An unhealthy mouth can lead to multiple childhood challenges, from poor self-esteem to acute toothache that interferes with social and academic development. Yet tooth decay remains the most common chronic illness among school-aged children. According to the CDC, dental cavities are four times more common than childhood asthma.

In California, more than 50% of children have already experienced dental decay, and more than one-quarter have untreated tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. With more than 440,000 children missing school in 2018 due to dental problems, poor oral health directly relates to poor academic achievement. More recently, many families canceled or postponed dental appointments due to COVID-19 fears. And a recent national survey indicates one-third of parents experienced difficulty accessing dental care for their children during the pandemic.

The consequences of poor oral health don’t end with missed school and lower grades. Children with poor oral health can easily develop infections and other serious health conditions. They may also have trouble eating, speaking, swallowing, and sleeping — key activities for every growing child. Because tooth decay and cavities begin as soon as the first teeth come in, there’s no time to waste when setting up the first pediatric dental appointment.

Fortunately, most tooth decay is completely preventable. Health professionals at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco encourage all parents to put their children’s oral health back on track by setting up an appointment in their state-of-the-art facilities. Visiting the dentist every six months also reinforces the importance of good oral health, an opportunity to establish a routine that will pay health dividends for kids when they become adults.

The Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at the Dugoni School of Dentistry is specifically designed to treat children to age 14, including those with disabilities. The clinic team provides optimal care in a child-centered warm and inviting environment. Pediatric dental faculty members work closely with dental students to ensure the best outcomes for your child’s dental healthcare. Dental assistants are also specially trained in pediatric dentistry. Multilingual dental care providers are also available. Parents can take additional comfort in knowing fees at this comprehensive child-focused facility are approximately 30% lower than the average Bay Area pediatric dentistry office. 

Your children can receive full dental care from their very first appointment, with access to orthodontic and other services too. Redmond Family Orthodontic Clinic, part of the Dugoni School of Dentistry, features orthodontists who work closely with dentists from all other disciplines to develop the best treatment plan. Having immediate access to other specialists — including in pediatric dentistry, periodontics, oral surgery, implantology, and restorative dentistry — is a huge patient advantage.

The Orthodontic Clinic offers the latest technology for all ages, including Invisalign®, self-ligating brackets, and clear braces. In fact, the school prides itself on being the site of the first Invisalign® clinical trials and research. Many of the school’s faculty members are considered the foremost experts in the world on the Invisalign® technique, having lectured nationally and internationally and remaining involved in continual research on the technique.

The Orthodontic Clinic’s fees are provided at a lower cost compared to private dental practices in the Bay Area. The Orthodontic and other Dugoni School of Dentistry clinics are located in a convenient downtown San Francisco location, easily accessed by car, BART, MUNI, and other transit services.

Founded in 1896 in San Francisco, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has a long history of offering patient-centered care to residents of Northern California. Join nearly 20,000 adults and children from all walks of life who regularly count on the Dugoni School of Dentistry Clinics to keep them smiling and healthy.

Dugoni School of Dentistry Offers Comprehensive Oral Health Care for the Entire Family