Welcome to Seedling Kids
Dentistry of San Francisco

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Meet Dr. Noyan Aynechi

"Being a pediatric dentist is a privilege. To be part of a child’s life from an early age, and to have a hand in shaping the way that individual’s life can flourish, is a responsibility I take to heart." — Dr. Noyan Aynechi
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Welcome to Seedling Kids Dentistry of San Francisco

Dr. Noyan Aynechi knows it’s essential for children to have positive, fun dental experiences. If a child receives painless dental care and plenty of nurturing, supportive guidance, he or she will grow up with a healthy smile — and a passion for taking care of it!

Seedling Kids Dentistry of San Francisco provides a welcoming, non-threatening environment, where each child is treated with respect and compassion. Dr. Noyan and her team work closely with children and parents to ensure every visit is designed around the child’s needs: clinical and emotional.

Dr. Noyan offers dental exams and cleanings, and a range of preventive care, including fluoride and sealants. She uses safe and comfortable digital X-rays for diagnostic purposes, and offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas), mild sedationIV sedation and hospital dentistry for those who need it.

At Seedling Kids Dentistry, the goal is to introduce dentistry in a fun and engaging manner. The space is kid-friendly, from the floor plan through the decorations, colors, and interactive games and toys. This is a dental office where children laugh and play: frequently, children don’t want to leave when their visit is done!

Please contact Seedling Kids Dentistry in San Francisco, to learn more and schedule a visit for your child.

Dr. Noyan and her team look forward to meeting your little one and working with you to ensure your son or daughter’s smile grows up big and strong. Call today!

Healthy Seedlings

Ages
0-3

Ages 0-3

  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist by age 1, or within 6 months of the appearance of the first baby tooth.
  • Typically, teething starts around 6 months and continues until 2-3 years of age. Front teeth first, back molars next and the gaps between front and back will fill in with canines by 18 months. If delayed, do not worry unduly; wait and rest assured that missing baby teeth is rare.
  • Before teeth erupt, clean your baby’s mouth and gums with a soft cloth or infant toothbrush. Lying baby back is the best position to be effective. Continue this practice as teeth erupt.
  • Once the first tooth arrives, clean your baby's teeth with a toothbrush or a clean wipe, such as "Spiffy" wipes before baby falls asleep.
  • Once the baby starts solid food, nursing can cause cavities. Try to wean baby off of nursing in the middle of the night once solid foods have been started, or try to give your baby a sippy cup of water to clean their teeth after each nursing.
  • Avoid the early transmission of cavity-causing bacteria and viruses by limiting the sharing of utensils or cups with your baby.
  • Eliminate your baby's "paci" and thumb and finger sucking habits before the age of 2 if possible. Those habits are difficult to forget!
  • Once your baby is walking, protect him or her from having injury and trauma to the mouth and teeth by placing barriers on sharp corners and hard surfaces.

Ages
4-5

Ages 4-5

  • Brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day: once in the morning and once at night using a "pea sized" amount of fluoridated toothpaste. The most important time to brush teeth is right before bedtime.
  • Schedule your child’s dental visits every 6 months. Routine teeth cleaning and regular check-ups help keep your child's mouth healthy.
  • Keep an eye on snacking; ideally children should have no more than 3 snacks a day.
  • Begin flossing for your children when any two teeth are touching.
  • Avoid juices; limit the amount of juice to less than 6 oz per day.

Ages
6-11

Ages 6-11

  • Parents should supervise the brushing of teeth for children until they are at least 7-8 years old.
  • Parents should help floss their child’s teeth regularly once a day.
  • Permanent teeth emerge around age 6. Ask your pediatric dentist about sealants.
  • Some children might need interceptive orthodontics in this age group. Ask your pediatric dentist for referral to an orthodontist.
  • Wear a mouthguard when activities involves a risk of falls, collisions, or contact. Pre-formed mouthguards can be purchased in sporting goods stores or online, customized mouthguards can be made by your pediatric dentist. Please call us for advice.

Ages
11-18

Age 11-18

  • Encourage your teenager to brush twice a day and floss regularly; encouragement in proper brushing is needed in this age group.
  • Sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and junk food are consumed by many teens; healthier options should be encouraged.
  • Ask your pediatric dentist about sealants for the 12-year permanent molars.
  • Comprehensive orthodontic treatment occurs during this age group; discuss with your pediatric dentist the potential need for a referral.
  • Evaluation for possible wisdom teeth extraction occurs in later teen years.


Expecting
Moms

Expecting Moms

Congratulations! We are excited and happy for you and your growing family. As an expecting mom, your oral health is very important to you and your growing baby. Research has shown that gum disease has negative effects on the unborn baby and that bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease in an expecting mother can be passed to her baby once the baby is born. We encourage expecting moms to have:

  • Regular dental cleanings.
  • Complete any dental treatment needed prior to start of a pregnancy if possible. If not, dental treatments are safe during second trimester of pregnancy; of course, emergency dental treatment can be completed at any time.
  • If you suffer from morning sickness, we encourage you not to brush your teeth right after, to prevent further enamel erosion from the acidic effects.

Special
Needs

Special Needs

Pediatric Dentists are specifically trained to treat the dental needs of young patients with special needs. Creating a dental home is key to your child’s oral health and prevention. Please let us know when making an appointment that your child has special needs. This allows our office to better prepare for your child’s visit. For some of our special needs patients who might benefit from an opportunity to become familiar with our office and staff, we may recommend a complimentary visit only for the first appointment. Please let our staff know when scheduling a first visit if you feel your child would benefit from a site visit.

Diet &
Nutrition

Diet & Nutrition

What and when your child eats has an effect not only on his or her general health, but also oral health. Now, more than ever, we are faced with an array of food choices, from fresh produce to sugar-laden processed convenience foods. Almost all foods have some type of sugar in them that cannot be eliminated from the diet.  Since avoiding all sugars would be impossible, emphasis should be placed on how long and how often sugars are in the mouth. A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth, especially when it appears in snacks.

What to do:

  • Avoid frequent snacking: for our younger patients we recommend ideally no more than 3 snacks per day.
  • Choose snacks that do not stick to the teeth. For example, raisins and fruit roll-ups linger on your child’s teeth for hours.
  • When choosing a sweet option for your child, choose chocolates or ice creams instead of sticky sweets such as gummy bears, starbursts, or jelly beans.
  • Good snack options are plain yogurt, cheese, whole fruits, vegetables, and nut butters if no allergies. Avoid dried fruits, gummy snacks, chocolate milk, fruit juice, and starchy snacks such as crackers, goldfish, and chips.
  • Promote water between meals versus juice or carbonated drinks.
  • Sippy cups should not have anything but water in them throughout the day. We recommend water any time, milk during meal times, and juice for special occasions.
  • Do not let your child sip on milk or juice while falling sleep.

Sports
Dentistry

Sports Dentistry

We strongly recommend that your child wear a mouthguard when activities involve a risk of falls, collisions, or contact. Pre-formed mouthguards can be purchased in sporting goods stores or online; customized mouthguards can be made by our office. Please call us for further advice.

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