The Best Kids' Dentist in Concord, CA

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Dr. Yasmine Zaeni

Dr. Yasmine Zaeni strives to offer children personalized care that suits their individual needs. She takes time to connect with each child and earn his/her trust through patience, humor and a gentle touch. She is committed to making children's dentistry safe, comfortable and fun.

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Your Child’s First Visit

When should I bring my kids to the dentist?

Children should have their first dental exam at age one or when your child gets his/her first tooth, whichever comes first. The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend that children have their first dental exam by their first birthday. While most babies won't have too many teeth at that stage, it's a good time to establish a "dental home", your go-to for all your child's future dental needs. At that first visit we will provide a gentle exam and discuss a wide variety of topics such as your child's growth, development, habits, oral hygiene guidance, fluoride, sealants and nutrition. Depending on his/her age, we may also clean your child's teeth, take x-rays and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay.

Where do I start? It's easy! You can call, text or email us for a new patient appointment that is convenient for you and your family. Contact us today!
How should I prepare my child? Good question! Let your child know that s/he will be visiting new friends who will count his/her teeth and make sure they are all strong and healthy. We also encourage parents to use positive words to describe the process like "healthy", "shiny" and "strong" (stay away from words like "shot", "hurt", "drill"). If parents or other family members have anxiety around dentistry, try to avoid discussing that with or in front of your kids. Pediatric dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades and our mission is to provide great care in a fun, safe environment so your kids look forward to coming back!
What can we expect at our appointment? At that first visit we will evaluate and discuss a wide variety of topics such as your child's growth, development, habits, oral hygiene guidance, fluoride, sealants and nutrition. Depending on his/her age, we may also clean your child's teeth, take x-rays and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. To your child this will be explained in fun terms like "tooth tickling" and "tooth counting". At the end of the appointment your child will get to choose stickers and prizes.
What if my child needs dental work? We offer a range of options, depending on each child's specific needs and situation. We always aim to do the least amount of treatment necessary. If your child does require intervention we can start with quick, easy appointment to get him/her accustomed to dental treatment and our office. If your child is too young to tolerate dental work, we also offer sedation with an in-house dental anesthesiology specialist.
How often should we come back? In general, we recommend two exams and cleanings per year, spaced six months apart. X-rays are usually only taken once every 12 months. If your child is more prone to cavities or has other specific needs, we may recommend coming in more often.
What if I have questions after our visit? We are always here to address any questions or concerns you have, either by email, phone or text. Feel free to contact us at any time!

What Makes Us Different

Fun, Kid-Friendly Office

Our brand new office was designed specifically for kids to ensure they feel comfortable and welcome at their dental visits, including a bright, open layout and lots of entertaining details. The play area has arts and crafts, books, toys and video games to keep everyone smiling.

The Latest Technology

Safety is our top priority and we employ the most modern equipment and up-to-date technology with your family's health and comfort in mind. We use digital x-rays that emit the lowest possible radiation and are more environmentally friendly.

Minimally Invasive Dentistry

As a parent herself, Dr. Zaeni is passionate about treating each precious child in the most effective and least invasive manner possible. This includes the practice of assessing your child's risk of tooth decay early on, and guiding you on prevention.

Our Services

Teeth Cleaning For Kids

Children have a higher risk for cavities because baby teeth have much thinner enamel than adult teeth. Therefore, regular dental cleanings are very important for children. Starting at age one, we recommend professional dental cleanings and exams at least every six months to help your children avoid cavities, and so that any cavities that we do find can be easily treated before they get too serious.

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Dental Crowns For Kids

Small cavities can be observed or treated with dental fillings. But larger cavities and cracked teeth may require more extensive treatment like dental crowns which cover the entire tooth to preserve it. It's important to treat baby teeth because any infection in them can spread to and damage the developing adult teeth under the gums. They also serve as ideal placeholders in the jaw for developing adult teeth.

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Baby Root Canals

A pulpotomy is also known as a “nerve treatment” for baby teeth. If a cavity gets deep enough it can become painful. A pulpotomy helps remove infection and preserve the baby teeth until the permanent teeth erupt into place. The process is much shorter and easier than an adult nerve treatment.

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Sedation Dentistry

We offer several different sedation options for dental treatment including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), in-office IV sedation and general anesthesia in a hospital setting. Whether children are apprehensive from previous medical/dental experiences, they need extensive restorative care at a young age, or they have special needs, we have the expertise and means to make sure they comfortably get the dental treatment they require.

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Pediatric Tongue-Tie/Lip-Tie

Proper tongue and lip movement is essential for effective breastfeeding in infants and speech in older kids. Tongue and lip ties can cause issues with breast-feeding such as a poor latch, excessive spitting up, poor weight gain and more. It's important to assess and treat these restrictions as early as possible. Our doctors use a special laser to quickly, safely and effectively release the tongue and lip ties without the need for numbing injections or sedation (we may place a topical gel). We work closely with Certified Lactation Counselors to identify your baby's needs and ensure proper aftercare to maximize the success of treatments. We also provide tissue releases for older children with tongue ties.

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Our Office

5167 Clayton Rd, Suite D
Concord, CA 94521

We’re located on Clayton Road, across from Lucky and KMart. Our newly built, modern office was designed with your family's comfort, safety and enjoyment in mind.

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