8300 Valley Circle, Suite B, West Hills, CA 91304. Convenient Appointments Before & After Work  (818) 452-0038

Children’s Dentistry – West Hills, CA

Meet Dr. Magnolia Becker

[Pediatric Dentist, Children's Dental Specialist]

Dr. Magnolia Becker strives to make her patients feel welcome and special with a kind heart and a compassionate approach to West Hills dentistry for children. The acclaimed West Hills dentist earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at UCLA. Her program was based at the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

Dr. Becker is a children's dentist in Woodland Hills with more than 15 years of experience providing excellent dental care. She practiced as an endodontist for 10 years in Lima, Peru, before relocating to the United States. Originally from Peru, Dr. Becker is proud to take a break from childrens dentistry in West Hills and travel to her home country, where she continues to provide free dental care to the children of Peru at least once a year. That’s why it should come as no surprise to learn that Dr. Becker's goal is that, "every child has a lifetime of healthy teeth."

An accomplished pediatric dentist in Woodland Hills, Dr. Becker is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the Western Los Angeles Dental Society. When not performing children’s dentistry in West Hills, she spends her free time with her husband and two young children, going to the beach and enjoying other outdoor activities. The expert in children’s dentistry in West Hills also speaks fluent Spanish and also dabbles in photography as a hobby.

It is no surprise that Dr. Becker's goal is that, "every child has a lifetime of healthy teeth." Dr. Becker is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the Western Los Angeles Dental Society. She spends her free time with her husband and two young children, going to the beach and enjoying other outdoor activities. She speaks fluent Spanish and also dabbles in photography as a hobby.


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FAQ's

Remove the stress from your child’s dental care. Your questions and concerns are among our specialties for assuring a lifetime of good oral health.

How do I clean my baby's teeth?

Remove decay causing plaque bacteria with a specially designed, child-friendly toothbrush. A toothbrush with soft bristles and a smaller head are recommended for use once per day for your infant.

When should I schedule my child's first dental check-up?

Prevent dental problems early. When your child's first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday is the perfect time to get them acquainted with dental care.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Treat all your child's teeth as important. Primary or "baby" teeth help your child speak clearly, chew naturally, and guide their permanent into proper alignment.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Help your child get relief and listen to what their tooth pain is telling you. Schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.

For immediate relief, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and apply a cold-compress if their face is swollen. Give your child acetaminophen for their pain and avoid placing aspirin on their teeth or gums.

Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for my child's teeth?

Be concerned about these habits over long period of time. If the habit persists past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be necessary to prevent tooth and gum damage.

How can I prevent tooth decay caused by nursing?

Avoid continued nursing or bottle feeding once your child is asleep. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups, beginning on your child's first birthday, help keep your child's teeth healthy during every growth phase.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Schedule a dental check-up every six months to maintain good oral health and help prevent cavities. Personal dental care routines can be determined by our pediatric dental treatment.

When should my child begin to use toothpaste and how much should be used?

Start gently cleaning your child's gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water at birth. Brush your child's teeth twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age appropriate toothbrush when teeth begin to appear.

Use a "smear" of toothpaste for children under age two. A pea-sized amount of toothpaste is appropriate for children aged two to five.

Assist your children with tooth brushing to help them develop effective skills. And encourage them not to swallow excess toothpaste during brushing.

What diet is safe for my child's teeth?

Assure that your child enjoys a balanced diet. Servings of fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat, fish, and eggs are necessary for good health, including their teeth.

Limit sugars and starches to protect their teeth from decay. Ask us about proper foods that help protect your child's teeth.

How do dental sealants work?

Sealants fill the crevasses on the chewing surface of your teeth. It's a fast, comfortable treatment that prevents cavity-causing food particles from collecting on teeth.

What protection is available for my child's teeth during sports?

Protect your child's teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums with a soft, plastic mouth guard. We can custom-fit a mouth guard to protect your child's teeth, face, and jaw from injury.

What protection is available for my child's teeth during sports?

Protect your child's teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums with a soft, plastic mouth guard. We can custom-fit a mouth guard to protect your child's teeth, face, and jaw from injury.

What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?

Remain calm and find the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown (top) and attempt to reinsert it in the socket.

If re-insertion isn't possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk. Call our office, schedule an appointment, and bring the child and tooth to the office.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Do not fear dental x-rays. There is minimal, if any, risk.

Dental professionals are careful to limit the amount of exposure to a patient. Lead aprons, high-speed film or digital technology ensure a safe procedure

As a parent, how can I help prevent tooth decay in my child?

Schedule regular dental check-ups from the time your child's first tooth appears. We will recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments you can teach and supervise your child.

Home care habits, regular dental visits, and a balanced diet help your child develop a lifetime of good dental health care.

 

8300 Valley Circle, Suite B, West Hills, CA 91304. Convenient Appointments Before & After Work (818) 452-0038