How your pediatric dentist can help your child’s smile.
Your child deserves to enjoy a healthy smile for life. You, as a parent, play a critical role in helping them enjoy a healthy smile. The first step is teaching them good oral hygiene habits. Your pediatric dentist can help.
Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, offers comprehensive pediatric dentistry services to help your child’s smile.
Young children are especially prone to experiencing dental decay. That’s because many children eat a diet high in sugar. When sugar mixes with the bacteria in saliva, an acid is formed. This acid is strong enough to eat through tooth enamel and cause a cavity.
Your child must learn the benefits and techniques of a good oral hygiene program to help prevent dental problems like decay and gum disease.
When you teach your child good oral hygiene habits, you need to:
Demonstrate tooth brushing by brushing each tooth using a gentle circular motion. Brush each tooth surface and along the gumline, then have them demonstrate the technique back to you. Always have them use a toothpaste containing fluoride for added protection. Tooth brushing should be done after meals and before bed.
Demonstrate flossing using child-friendly flossing tools. Floss between each tooth, making sure the floss is firmly against each tooth surface as you move the floss up and down. Have your child demonstrate the technique back to you. Flossing should be done at least once each day.
Good oral hygiene habits would not be complete without visits to your pediatric dentist for a dental exam, including x-rays, a professional cleaning, and a fluoride treatment.
Remember to always demonstrate good oral hygiene habits too, because your child will adapt the good oral hygiene habits you are following.
To learn more about teaching your child good oral hygiene habits, call Dr. Jaclyn Bae of Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, at (714) 660-1890. Call today.
It’s common for children to experience cavities, but there are ways to help prevent them. Along with teaching your kids proper oral hygiene habits, it may be beneficial to consider discussing dental sealants with your child’s dentist. Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, is here to answer any questions you may have about dental sealants and explain how they can help your child’s smile.
How Sealants Can Protect Your Child’s Teeth
Sealants are designed to fill in the crevasses of the teeth. This protects the teeth from getting food particles stuck in them, which otherwise could cause cavities. The application is fast and painless and can protect your child’s teeth for years. Sealants are best for the first molars, which pop up around age six, and then the second molars which occur around age twelve.
Sealants act as a barrier to block off food from getting stuck to the teeth and feeding the bacteria that cause cavities. The sooner a sealant is applied to a tooth, the more effective it will be. Children benefit the most from sealants because their teeth are newer and are less likely to have any damage happen to their teeth at a young age. More than 65 percent of cavities happen in the grooves of teeth and spaces between teeth and can likely be prevented by the application of sealants.
With proper care and regular checkups from your child’s dentist in Yorba Linda, CA, sealants can last a few years. It’s important to make sure that your child has a proper oral hygiene routine, consisting of daily brushing and flossing, and that you’re bringing them for regular checkups as recommended by their dentist.
Contact Your Child’s Dentist Today!
It’s important to protect your child’s teeth at a young age to help prevent any signs of decay and to help prevent your child from experiencing any cavities. Contact Dr. Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, to ask any questions and to see if sealants are the best choice to protect your child! Call (714) 660-1890 today!
Regular dental examinations for kids are a crucial part of any preventive health care plan. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids visit their dentist by their first birthday or within six months following their first tooth’s eruption.
Here at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jaclyn Bae (Hui) and her dental team believe that the first dental visit of kids here in our Yorba Linda, CA, office should be as comfortable, stress-free, and positive as possible. In this light, find out what to expect when your child comes in for his or her first-ever dental checkup.
The Basics of Children’s Dental Exams
The first dental exam is typically short and won’t involve any treatment. The main purpose of the visit is to give your child a chance to experience the dentist's office in a friendly and non-threatening way. Depending on how old your child is and his or her temperament during the visit, you might need to carry your child while sitting in the dental chair. Or, if your child is older, you may be asked to wait outside the examination room during the first dental visit by your dentist in Yorba Linda, CA, so that she can bond with your child.
During the actual examination, your child’s teeth will be inspected for decay and the gums and oral tissues for any potential issues. Your child’s jaws and bite will also be checked for symmetry. If needed, your child’s teeth will likewise be cleaned and treated with fluoride and/or dental sealant.
Other Things to Expect During The Dental Checkup
The dentist will educate you on the best practices of children’s oral care and dental development problems. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. You’ll likewise be asked to complete health and medical forms, so make sure to prepare the necessary information beforehand.
Also, your dentist will schedule your child’s next checkup, which would most likely be approximately after six months. This dental checkup schedule, as recommended by the ADA and AAPD, will help build up your kid’s confidence and comfort level during dental visits, monitor your kid’s dental development and nip any budding dental issues in the bud.
To Learn More About What Happens During Children’s Dental Examination, Speak to Us
Schedule your child’s first dental visit in our Yorba Linda, CA, office with Dr. Jaclyn Bae (Hui) here at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry by dialing (714) 660-1890.
Find out more about the preventive dentistry services we offer children here in Yorba Linda, CA.
Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. While maintaining good oral health in your little one does start at home, it’s equally as important that you are visiting our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae every six months for dental checkups and cleanings. Here’s why preventive dentistry is particularly important for your growing child.
Reduce your child’s risk for dental issues
This is probably the number one reason parents bring their children into our pediatric dentist’s office here in Yorba Linda, CA, every six months. After all, it’s far easier (not to mention, more cost-effective) to provide the care your child needs regularly to prevent enamel erosion, cavities, and gum disease rather than just treating the problem once it arises.
Since many dental issues have also been linked to chronic and potentially serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, keeping your child’s smile healthy could also reduce their risk for other problems.
Catch problems early on
While preventive dentistry is geared toward preventing dental problems altogether, sometimes cavities and other issues can still arise. Luckily, when they do, our Yorba Linda CA dental team can catch them early, as long as you are bringing your child in twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
Preventive dentistry practices are surprisingly easy to follow
Preventive dentistry begins with you and your little one. Luckily, preventive practices are fairly easy to adhere to. These practices include:
- Using fluoride toothpaste on your child’s teeth to keep them strong and to prevent decay
- Flossing once a day and brushing twice a day
- Replacing your child’s toothbrush at least two times every year
- Eating a healthy, whole diet that is very low in sugar
- Visiting the dentist twice a year (this includes annual x-rays)
- Getting fluoride treatment or dental sealants from your dentist to reduce the risk for cavities
- Getting a custom mouthguard from your dentist if your child is going to play sports
If it’s time to schedule your child’s first dental cleaning or next routine checkup with our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist, call Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry at (714) 660-1890 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaclyn Bae.
Here are the foods your child should have for a healthy smile.
Children need to develop healthy and strong teeth and gums that are capable of helping them chew food and develop speech. Of course, brushing, flossing, and routine checkups with our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae are just some of the things you should be doing. The other way to support the development of healthy teeth and gums in your child is by following a smile-friendly diet.
Wondering what is involved in a smile-friendly diet? Here are some easy tips to remember to keep your child’s smile healthy:
Limit sugary treats
We all know that sugar causes cavities, so if your child’s diet is currently high in sugar, they are going to be more at risk for developing decay. You may even be surprised to discover all the products such as cereals and salad dressings that have hidden sugar. It’s important that if you do decide to treat your child to some sweets, that you do so right after eating when there is already enough saliva in the mouth to wash away sugar particles better.
Choose healthy snacks
Does your child immediately head for cookies or chips for snacks? While junk food doesn’t have to be an evil thing in your household, it is best enjoyed in moderation. Try to opt for healthier but still yummy snacks that will support your child’s growing smile but also satiate their appetite in a way that junk food can’t. Healthy snacks include string cheese or sliced cheeses such as Swiss or cheddar (which may even help keep teeth clean), as well as crunchy crisp veggies like raw broccoli, carrots, or celery with hummus or crackers.
Say “yes” to water
We know that juice and sodas may be fun to consume, but they shouldn’t be a regular part of your child’s diet (think of these items as treats, just like dessert). They should be consumed conservatively because juices and sodas contain a high amount of sugar, which can damage teeth. Instead, make sure that your child is getting enough water every day.
Make sure your child is getting calcium
Calcium doesn’t just keep your child’s bones strong and healthy, it is also necessary for the development of strong, healthy teeth. While milk is a great source of calcium, other wonderful sources include yogurt, spinach, white beans, and edamame. If you’re having trouble incorporating certain nutrients into your child’s diet, our Yorba Linda CA pediatric dentist is happy to provide suggestions during your child’s next checkup.
If you have questions about your child’s current diet, contact our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist today. Turn to the friendly, smiling team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry for nutritional advice by calling (714) 660-1890 for an appointment with Dr. Jaclyn Bae.
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