Preventive Dentistry in San Diego, CA

Man flossing teeth

At MOD Squad Dental, our team loves being able to offer patients the skilled support and advanced services they need to enjoy a thriving smile for many years to come. Quality preventive care is the first step in this lifelong journey, protecting your oral health and stopping problems before they get a chance to start. Contact our Scripps Ranch practice today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Greg Friedman! We also welcome patients from Mira Mesa, Ranch Bernardo, Poway, and the entire San Diego county.

Child smiling while holding a toothbrush during dental appointment

We’re always happy to welcome growing smiles at MOD Squad Dental! Dr. Friedman offers several personalized services that can help your son or daughter on the right path towards great oral health, including dental sealants. This tough plastic material is painted directly onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth, “sealing” them shut in order to minimize decay and provide valuable protection while children are still learning to brush and floss correctly. With the right maintenance, they can last up to 10 years or more!

We love to help grown-ups achieve healthy, beautiful teeth, but we’re also proud to be your children’s dentist in Scripps Ranch. When you bring your little one to us, you can expect us to give them excellent care and to interact with them in a way that makes them look forward to their dental visits. Our goal is to give them the education and treatment they need to establish the foundation for a lifetime of healthy, bright smiles.

When Should My Child Visit the Dentist?

Ideally, your baby should have their first checkup within six months of when you see their first tooth erupts. Following this first dental visit, you should bring your child to our office once every six months or so for a cleaning and exam. These appointments are opportunities for you to receive personalized tips on how to care for your child’s smile at home. They can also get your little one used to visiting the dentist so they never fear their visits to their friendly local tooth doctor.

What Should I Expect During My Child’s First Visit?

We understand that dental office might be a little intimidating for children, which is why we’ll do our best not to rush through the appointment. We may ask you to keep your child on your lap throughout the exam so the toddler has a familiar presence to comfort them.

During the checkup, we’ll make sure there are no developmental problems with your child’s teeth or jaw. We’ll also look for signs of decay and answer any questions you might have about oral health for kids.

Kid-Friendly Dental Care

In addition to cleanings and checkups, we offer the following services to help children develop and maintain healthy teeth:

Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that we apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth. Sealants prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck on the premolars and molars, thereby shielding the teeth from premature decay. They’re particularly beneficial for children who haven’t yet mastered thorough brushing techniques or who have deep grooves in their teeth. The process for placing sealants is quick and painless.


Fluoride is a mineral that contributes to the healthy development of teeth. One of its purposes is to remineralize enamel — that is, it replaces little bits of the enamel that get worn away through every day activities. Ingested fluoride plays a role in helping new teeth come in nice and strong. If we believe that your child could benefit from an extra dose of this mineral, we may suggest a topical fluoride treatment or prescribe a fluoride supplement.

At-Home Tips for Oral Health

Here are a few pointers to help you keep your child’s smile healthy between dental visits:

  •  Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. The sugars in such drinks can contribute to tooth decay.
  •  Supervise your child’s brushing and flossing until they get the hang of basic techniques. Usually, kids have the dexterity to brush on their own around the time they learn to tie their own shoes. They may need help with flossing until they’re 10 years old or so.
  •  Encourage healthy eating habits. Lots of kids’ snacks contain tons of sugar. Scrutinize the labels of any foods you give to your kids, and educate them on how to make tooth-friendly dietary choices.

Patients both young and old need to be attending at least two check-ups and cleanings a year, or one every six months. Even diligent brushers and flossers can fall victim to serious dental problems, and our Scripps Ranch team wants to help you maintain the healthy, happy smile you deserve for many years to come. We’ll carefully inspect every aspect of your oral health during you regular visits, taking into account any changes or signs of damage at the earliest stages possible so that treatment is easy and fast. Dr. Friedman will work with you closely to help you select the best cosmetic and restorative options for your unique teeth!

An in-depth routine cleaning is also necessary to help get rid of tricky plaque and tartar that can accumulate on teeth and gums. One of our excellent hygienists will clear the clingy bacteria away, giving you back a nicely refreshed mouth.

Here at MOD Squad Dental, the impossible is now possible – Dr. Greg Friedman can help seasoned athletics improve their speed and strength with a custom, quality mouthguard! Under Armour Performance Mouthwear does much more than just protect your teeth from injury during the big game. In fact, it actually reduces tension in your jaw when worn, allowing you to focus on doing your best and playing to win. The device prevents teeth clenching, minimizes the release of cortisol (a hormone that can cause exhaustion), and actually helps patients breathe in more good oxygen by opening their airway wider. 

Today, there are countless athletes who use Under Armour Performance Mouthwear while playing common sports that have the possibility of contact with a projectile or a hard surface, including soccer, football, tennis, and more. Here in Scripps Ranch, Dr. Friedman can take impressions and fit you for your very own custom mouthguard in just one appointment. The process of taking impressions should take less than half an hour – then, your brand-new appliance will arrive in just 10 days or so. Our team can’t wait to help you get back on the field or court with renewed confidence and drive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!