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By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
August 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

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.

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
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
February 04, 2019
Category: Oral Health

When you think of your kid’s dental health, their nutrition may be the last thing on your mind. However, eating right and leading a healthy healthy eatinglifestyle has a serious effect on your child’s teeth. Do you know what eating habits can help contribute to a healthy mouth? Find out more about nutrition’s effect on your child's teeth with Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA.

Eating Healthy to Maintain a Healthy Smile
Most parents are aware that a healthy diet with enough nutrients is crucial for their child’s health and development. However, knowing the ins and outs of a healthy diet for your child can also benefit their teeth. Be sure to provide a well-rounded, nutritious diet:

  • High-calcium foods such as almonds and leafy greens
  • Dairy such as milk, cheese, or sugar-free yogurt
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots
  • Foods high in phosphates such as meat, eggs, and fish

Avoid sticky and sugary food and drinks, such as candies and sodas, as these contribute to teeth decay and gum disease.

Keeping Good Oral Care Habits at Home
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child see their pediatric dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings. These preventative appointments will help your dentist find and treat instances of decay in the earliest, most easily treatable stages. Routine cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, preventing decay from ever occurring at all.

Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA
Your child’s oral health is a crucial part of their overall wellness. Ensuring that their nutrition and daily dental hygiene routines are up to par can help them have healthy teeth free from decay and gum disease for years to come. For more information on which foods are best for you and your child’s smile, please contact Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. Call (714) 660-1890 to schedule your appointment!