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Beginning good dental hygiene habits at an early age is crucial to your child’s oral health throughout their life. However, many parents may not be fully aware of what their child’s dental hygiene routine should consist of. First, your child should have their first dental appointment by their first birthday or within the first 6-months of their tooth eruption. Your dentist can help you and your child understand the best practices for a daily and long-term dental hygiene routine. Find out more about pediatric dentistry and what makes a solid at-home oral care routine important with Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA.
How often should my child see their dentist?
The American Dental Association says that all dental patients, regardless of their age, should see the dentist twice a year for routine examinations with their dentist and cleanings performed by a dental hygienist. These regular visits allow dentists to keep track of a child’s growth and development and find and treat any issues like cavities quickly to stop them in their tracks.
How will my dentist help me instill good dental habits in my child?
Seeing the dentist regularly from an early age has proven to instill good oral hygiene habits and reduce the chances of developing dental anxiety or dental phobia. We go above and beyond to establish a good relationship with your child, with a happy, fun environment and a kid-friendly, show-tell-do approach to introducing your child to the dentist’s office and routine check-ups.
What should my child’s daily oral care routine consist of?
Good dental care begins before a child has any teeth at all. As an infant, children’s parents should wipe their gums with a damp, soft cloth after feedings. When their first tooth erupts, brushing twice a day with a child’s toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste will keep teeth decay at bay. As the teeth grow close enough together to touch, begin helping your child floss between each tooth at least once a day.
Children’s Dentistry & You
Starting good oral hygiene habits early will benefit your child for the rest of their life. For more information on ensuring that your child is confident about their dental visits and caring for their teeth, please contact Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. Call 714-660-1890 to schedule your child’s appointment with your dentist today!
How your pediatric dentist in Yorba Linda, CA, can help your child’s smile
You may have a lot of questions about your baby’s smile and what to expect. Baby teeth, also known as primary or deciduous teeth, have different growth and eruption rates, depending on the individual characteristics of your child. They also fall out at different rates and times, to make room for permanent teeth.
But what happens when baby teeth don’t fall out? Your pediatric dentist has the answer to this and other questions about your child’s smile. Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, provides comprehensive dental services for children, and she can help your child’s smile too.
There are averages to tooth eruption and tooth loss, but these can vary by several months. A delay in eruption or a delay in tooth loss is a very common issue, and in most cases, you don’t need to be concerned. Consider the following timeline:
- At 6 to 10 months, the lower front teeth erupt
- At 8 to 12 months, the upper front teeth erupt
- At 10 to 16 months, the lower lateral front teeth erupt
- At 9 to 13 months, the upper lateral front teeth erupt
- At 17 to 23 months, the lower canines erupt
- At 16 to 22 months, the upper canines erupt
- At 14 to 31 months, the first and second lower molars erupt
- At 13 to 33 months, the first and second upper molars erupt
Tooth loss can occur when your child is around 6 years old. The baby teeth usually fall out because a permanent tooth has formed underneath and is erupting. The pressure from the permanent tooth pushes the baby tooth out of the way, so the baby tooth falls out. But what happens if your child’s baby teeth don’t fall out?
This could be because the permanent tooth is erupting out of position and is not causing enough pressure to push the baby tooth out. In some cases, your pediatric dentist may suggest removing a baby tooth to make room for the permanent tooth.
Generally, delayed tooth loss is not something to worry about. When you bring your child in for regular dental visits, your pediatric dentist can monitor tooth eruption and tooth loss.
To learn more about the eruption and loss of primary teeth and other pediatric dentistry topics, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Jaclyn Bae of Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, at (714) 660-1890. Call now!
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.