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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.
Your Child's First Dental Visit With Their Yorba Linda, CA Pediatric Dentist
When your child visits the dentist for the first time, you and your dentist want the experience to be great. Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, wants to share some tips on making the visit relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.
It’s important to start off right by saying positive things about the dentist and your child’s visit. Your child will pick up on your cues whether to enjoy the experience or be fearful of it, so be sure to smile and be positive. Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry is a kid-friendly environment designed to provide a relaxing, fun atmosphere you and your child will enjoy.
Your child should visit the dentist within the first 6 months after the first tooth erupts. The truth is your child is never too young to experience tooth decay. Some children experience delayed tooth eruption so make sure you bring your child in at least within the first year.
Your child’s first dental visit will typically include:
- A gentle examination of your child’s teeth, soft tissues, jaws and bite, including gathering baseline information which can be tracked over time to establish development and growth patterns
- X-rays, which may be taken depending on the age of your child
- A fluoride treatment and fluoride prescription, if required
- Nutritional and dietary counseling, if necessary, to prevent tooth decay
One of the most important parts of the first visit is demonstrating how to perform proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Your dental care provider can show you how to guide your child into a regular, effective oral hygiene regimen to practice at home. Your child should also begin flossing at around age 4, and be able to floss independently at about age 8. Good oral hygiene habits should be started early, so your child can enjoy a healthy smile for life.
Your child’s first dental visit is very important, so you should plan for success. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, today!
"Does my child need sealants?" This is a common question we hear from parents at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. This prophylactic, or preventative, treatment is a great way to help protect your children's teeth from decay, saving you time and money and saving your child discomfort. Dr. Jaclyn Bae answers your questions about sealants here.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a protective coating that is applied to teeth to prevent decay. Typically they are placed on the chewing surface of the molars, which have pits and grooves that are difficult to keep clean even with regular brushing. The sealants harden against the teeth after application and protect these grooves from collecting food particles and bacteria that can potentially lead to cavities.
Why do kids need sealants?
Children are understandably less vigilant about brushing, and molars, with their uneven, pitted surfaces, can be difficult to clean. Some kids are more genetically prone to decay, making the need for sealants from your Yorba Linda children's dentist even more important.
Do sealants really work?
The American Dental Association has determined through years of research that sealants provide 80% more protection from cavities than just brushing alone. After four years, they've shown to continue to provide cavity protection by up to 60%.
How long do sealants last?
They typically last a few years depending on how heavily the teeth are being used. Dr. Jaclyn Bae will check on the sealants placed and will recommend if sealants need to be retouched. It is likely that over the years that sealants may need to be reapplied or redone as they do wear away with time.
We at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA know that protecting your child's health is at the top of your priority list. Contact our office today to schedule a sealant-application appointment for your child with Dr. Jaclyn Bae!
Despite everyone’s best efforts, one of your child’s primary (“baby”) teeth has become decayed to the point it might be lost prematurely. Saving it would require extensive treatment like capping it with a crown or performing a pulpotomy, similar to a root canal treatment.
You may be thinking: since it’s going to come out eventually, why go to the expense of trying to preserve it longer? Actually, there are good reasons to save a baby tooth depending on your child’s age — for now and for the future. Here are 4 of them.
They’re important for nutrition. Baby teeth are quite similar to permanent teeth — not only do they look like them, they perform like them too, enabling a growing child to chew and digest food needed to boost their development. Even the loss of one tooth for an extended period makes effective chewing harder.
They’re important for speech development. With their first words, children develop speech patterns rather quickly. Their baby teeth play an important role in this: just like permanent teeth, they provide the tongue with points of contact for making a variety of sounds. A missing tooth for a prolonged period could interfere with making certain sounds and could have a stunting effect on their speech development.
They’re important for permanent teeth eruption. Baby teeth also serve as placeholders for their successors, the permanent teeth that are in development just under the gums. A baby tooth normally remains until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt within the path set by the primary. If they’re lost prematurely, the permanent tooth may not erupt as it should; and adjacent permanent teeth can drift toward the empty space and out of alignment.
They’re part of their smile. Baby teeth help children fit in socially with adults and other children — they help them look normal. A missing tooth stands out when they smile — and not in a good way. This could impact the way they interact socially with others, extending even into adulthood.
If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Importance of Baby Teeth.”
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”