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By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
August 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care   Infant  

Developing good oral care habits for your child early on can contribute to healthier teeth and gums. One component of proper oral care is scheduling regular dental visits for your child, beginning around the first birthday. At Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, your infant’s first dental visit with our caring dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Bae, will help set the stage for promoting optimal oral health.

First Dental Visit

Regular dental checkups that include an oral exam and teeth cleaning are an excellent way to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that infants have their first dental checkup by one year of age. In general, infants should see a dentist about six months after the first tooth erupts, which usually happens at six months of age for most children.

Developing Good Habits at Home

Another important aspect of proper infant oral care is developing good habits at home. Good habits include establishing an effective oral hygiene routine and eating a healthy diet. Your child’s oral hygiene routine should include gently brushing teeth and gums twice each day, even when your baby has only one tooth. Always use a toothbrush with soft bristles that is the right size for your child. For infants, a fluoride-free training toothpaste can be used. Once your child is about three years of age and understands not to swallow the toothpaste, you can switch to one with fluoride.

Feeding your child a healthy diet also contributes to a healthier mouth. Foods or drinks that contain a lot of sugar can lead to cavities. The sugars in foods and beverages mix with bacteria in the mouth to form acid. This acid erodes tooth enamel and leaves teeth more vulnerable to decay. Limiting the amount of sugar in your child’s diet helps prevent tooth decay. When you help children develop healthy eating habits from infancy, it can be easier to maintain those habits as they grow older.

Proper infant oral care can set your child up to enjoy healthier teeth and gums and avoid cavities and other oral health concerns. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bae for your child’s first dental visit, call Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA at (714) 660-1890.

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
June 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cavities  

Along with visiting our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae every six months for routine checkups and cleanings there is a wide range of habits and things you can do with your child to help them keep their teeth and gums healthy and free of decay and disease. Good oral health starts at home. Practice good oral hygiene and show your child how to maintain a healthy smile. Follow these helpful oral care tips with children in mind.

Start Good Oral Habits Early

Even before your child’s teeth erupt you should be using a damp washcloth to clean their gums once a day. Once their first tooth erupts, you should begin to brush their teeth using a baby toothbrush once per day. Until children are old enough to brush and floss their own teeth, parents will need to do this for them. Of course, you can use this as a teachable moment, talking them through how and why you are brushing and flossing their teeth.

Make Sure Your Child is Getting Enough Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce your child’s risk for cavities. Children often get enough fluoride by drinking the local tap water; however, if there isn’t fluoride in your tap water then you should talk to our Yorba Linda children’s dentist about getting fluoride treatment. Of course, too much of a good thing can be bad and too much fluoride can lead to discolorations in your child’s teeth, so make sure you talk with our dentist before adding more fluoride to your child’s diet.

Limit Sugar Consumption

This is an obvious habit but it bears repeating. Sugar in any form, from candy and dessert to fruit juices can wear away tooth enamel and cause cavities. Therefore, it’s important to read the labels on all foods to look for hidden sugars that could increase your family’s risk for cavities.

Visit Our Office Twice a Year

Along with proper at-home care, it’s important that you also bring your child every six months for cleanings and checkups. These visits are a great way to monitor your child’s developing smile. While we hope to give every child that walks through our doors a clean bill of health, these checkups are also important because they allow us to spot problems like decay early on when they are easily treatable and haven’t caused serious damage to your child’s smile.

Whether you want to discuss orthodontic treatment, you need to schedule your child’s next routine checkup or you want to discuss dental sealants or other preventive treatment options, Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, is here to provide your child or teen with the comprehensive dental care they need. Call (714) 660-1890.

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
March 05, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: White Fillings  

If your child is dealing with a cavity find out how white fillings can help.

 

Cavities are one of the most common dental issues to affect patients of all ages, and while the goal of our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae is to provide preventive dental care to reduce your child’s risk for developing cavities, this issue can still occur. Find out what’s involved in treating a cavity and how white tooth-colored fillings can restore your child’s tooth after a cavity.

Our dentist understands that your child may be a little nervous about getting a filling. It is our responsibility as your child’s dentist to ease their anxieties and provide them with a smooth and comfortable dental treatment. Through local anesthetics and sedation dentistry, we can make their upcoming dental treatment comfortable.

What is a dental filling?

A filling is a tooth-colored material that is placed over a tooth to restore and rebuild it after decay. Before a filling is placed, we will need to remove the decayed enamel and clean the area first.

A dental filling is made from tooth-colored resin, a material that is easily moldable and shaped. We will apply this resin in thin layers, where we will then mold it to the tooth and then harden it into place with a dental light. Fillings restore a tooth’s strength and durability after a cavity.

But my child still has their baby teeth. Do they still need a filling?

Yes. Even though your child won’t keep their baby teeth forever, decay that is left untreated will continue to spread and can cause more serious complications for your child’s health. By filling the cavity of a baby tooth we can stop the decay from spreading while also maintaining proper chewing and speech. By bringing your child in for routine checkups every six months we can catch cavities early.

Sunshine Kids Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, is dedicated to providing gentle, caring pediatric dental care children of all ages. Whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning for your child or you want to discuss orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to call our office today to find out how we can help you. Call (714) 660-1890.

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
December 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Good Oral Habits  

Along with visiting our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae every six months for routine checkups and cleanings there is a wide range of habits and things you can do with your child to help them keep their teeth and gums healthy and free of decay and disease. Good oral health starts at home. Practice good oral hygiene and show your child how to maintain a healthy smile. Follow these helpful oral care tips with children in mind.

Start Good Oral Habits Early

Even before your child’s teeth erupt you should be using a damp washcloth to clean their gums once a day. Once their first tooth erupts, you should begin to brush their teeth using a baby toothbrush once per day. Until children are old enough to brush and floss their own teeth, parents will need to do this for them. Of course, you can use this as a teachable moment, talking them through how and why you are brushing and flossing their teeth.

Make Sure Your Child is Getting Enough Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce your child’s risk for cavities. Children often get enough fluoride by drinking the local tap water; however, if there isn’t fluoride in your tap water then you should talk to our Yorba Linda children’s dentist about getting fluoride treatment. Of course, too much of a good thing can be bad and too much fluoride can lead to discolorations in your child’s teeth, so make sure you talk with our dentist before adding more fluoride to your child’s diet.

Limit Sugar Consumption

This is an obvious habit but it bears repeating. Sugar in any form, from candy and dessert to fruit juices can wear away tooth enamel and cause cavities. Therefore, it’s important to read the labels on all foods to look for hidden sugars that could increase your family’s risk for cavities.

Visit Our Office Twice a Year

Along with proper at-home care, it’s important that you also bring your child in every six months for cleanings and checkups. These visits are a great way to monitor your child’s developing smile. While we hope to give every child that walks through our doors a clean bill of health, these checkups are also important because they allow us to spot problems like decay early on when they are easily treatable and haven’t caused serious damage to your child’s smile.

Whether you want to discuss orthodontic treatment, you need to schedule your child’s next routine checkup or you want to discuss dental sealants or other preventive treatment options, Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, is here to provide your child or teen with the comprehensive dental care they need. Call (714) 660-1890.

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
August 06, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: sealants  

One look at the chewing surfaces of those back molars, with all their grooves and ridges, and it’s easy to see how a cavity could form there. While children may do their best to keep their teeth clean, it isn’t often easy to remove all bacteria trapped on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth. Luckily, our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae offers a simple solution to protect molars from cavities.

What are dental sealants?

Sealants area protective coating which reduces your child’s risk for developing decay.

Sealants are typically applied once your child’s first set of molars erupts (this is usually around the age of 6 or 7). When your child comes in for their six-month checkups, our Yorba Linda, CA, children’s dentist will monitor the development of their teeth to determine the right time to apply sealants. Sealants can also be applied to your child’s second set of molars, which usually erupt around the age of 11 or 12.

How is a dental sealant applied?

Applying a sealant is quick and painless. In most cases, you won’t need to schedule a separate appointment with us to place your child’s sealants; we can often just place it during their routine dental cleaning.

After their teeth have been cleaned we will apply a special solution over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This solution will roughen the surface so that the plastic sealant will stick to each tooth. The solution is then rinsed off and the tooth is dried.

Then our dentist will paint the sealant over the chewing surfaces and allow the sealant time to dry. Sealants are either clear or slightly tooth-colored so they blend in with your child’s smile. No one will be able to see your child’s sealants when they talk or smile.

How long do sealants last?

With proper care, sealants can last a few years. During your child’s six-month checkups we will continue to check the health of the sealant. Sealants that are broken or chipped can easily be reapplied.

Are you interested in finding out whether your child could benefit from dental sealants? If so, then call Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, today. Call (714) 660-1890.





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