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By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
June 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Baby FeedingAs a parent, maintaining your child’s health is one of the most important aspects of your daily life. However, many parents may be unaware that maintaining the health of their children’s teeth is just as important. Do you know how you can ensure your child’s teeth are healthy and clean? Find out the best practices for your baby’s teeth and gums and how you can ensure their optimal oral health with Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA.

What are baby bottle caries? 
Early Childhood Caries, formerly known as baby bottle caries can occur from a buildup of bacteria on the teeth and oral tissues. They can occur in infants and come from sweet liquids like juice, formula, or milk being allowed to remain on the teeth for extended periods of time. Early childhood caries are particularly prevalent in children who are given a bottle at naptime or bedtime since the liquid remains on the teeth and is not washed away by saliva or water. The upper front teeth are most commonly affected by this problem, though caries can occur in any tooth.

How can I prevent early childhood caries? 
Be sure to avoid giving your child a bottle of anything other than water at naps or bedtime. Never dip a child’s pacifier in sugar or syrup. Avoid soft drinks of any kind and try to limit the amount of sugar consumed by your child throughout the day. Do not put sugary drinks like juice in bottles and try to only offer sugary drinks in sippy cups. Before your child’s first tooth erupts, wipe their gums down with a soft, damp cloth at least once a day. As soon as the first tooth erupts through the gums, begin brushing at least once a day with a baby toothbrush.

Dental Care for Infants in Yorba Linda, CA
By keeping up with a strong at-home routine for your child, you instill good habits which can benefit them for the rest of their life. In addition to an at-home care routine, your child should begin seeing their dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. This will further instill good oral care habits and ease dental anxiety your child may have about visiting the dentist.

For more information on early childhood caries or taking care of your child’s 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 Dr. Jaci today!

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
December 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Find more about the benefits of fluoride treatment on the health of your teeth.

Fluoride is a mineral found in nature that just happens to offer a host of advantages for your smile. It might sound odd, but the fluorideflouride found in your drinking water could be providing you and your child with amazing health benefits. Our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae is here to tell you why fluoride is so important and whether fluoride treatment is the right option for your child.

Why is fluoride important for your teeth?

Your teeth are made up of enamel, which is very strong but not impervious to damage. One of the best ways to protect tooth enamel from decay is by making sure you get enough fluoride every day.

Tooth decay happens when the sugar or starch your child consumes is turned into acid by oral bacteria. In order to prevent this acid from wearing away at the enamel of their teeth, fluoride helps to remineralize and strengthen tooth enamel once more to prevent cavities.

How can my child get fluoride?

In most cases, the water your child drinks should contain enough fluoride to keep teeth strong and healthy; however, there are some places in which the water doesn’t contain any fluoride. If this is the case in your town it’s particularly important that you turn to our Yorba Linda, CA, children’s dentist to make sure that your child is getting the proper amount of fluoride in their diet.

You can also look for ADA-approved fluoridated toothpaste, which can help prevent cavities from happening to your little one’s smile. Children can start using fluoridated toothpaste once their first tooth erupts (usually around one year old). It’s important that you only dab on a very small amount of toothpaste on the teeth until your child can spit out consistently after brushing after which you can then upgrade to placing a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to their toothbrush to clean their teeth.

Whether you want to chat with us about fluoride treatment or you have any questions about caring for your child’s smile, turn to the pediatric dental experts at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, serving the Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Brea and Placentia, CA, areas.

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
September 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding   Bruxism  

Teeth grinding, more formally known as bruxism, is a condition affecting many children. Some kids grind their teeth out of stress; others do teeth grindingit almost unknowingly. Persistent teeth grinding can cause a variety of oral problems, including chipped teeth, sensitivity to hot and cold items, gum injury and pain or discomfort in the mouth or face. At Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jaclyn Bae is your Yorba Linda pediatric dentist for treating bruxism in children.

What is Bruxism

Bruxism is the grinding of the teeth and commonly occurs in children, particularly at night while sleeping. Many kids outgrow bruxism with age. If excessive grinding is causing the teeth to become misaligned, your Yorba Linda pediatric dentist may recommend a night guard, which can help to protect the teeth against the wear and tear of excessive grinding.

If you ever peek in on your sleeping child, you might hear them grinding their teeth at night. Beyond hearing them grind their teeth, there are other indications they might be doing so. Signs your child might be grinding their teeth include:

  • Teeth that look worn down
  • Complaints of jaw pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Persistent clenching of the jaw muscles
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages when eating and drinking

If you have observed your child grinding their teeth regularly, whether during the day or while sleeping at night, see your Yorba Linda pediatric dentist. There are treatments that can minimize the effects of persistent teeth grinding. Even if you are unsure whether your child is grinding their teeth, the dentist can look for signs and determine if bruxism is a problem. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaclyn Bae to discuss teeth grinding in your child, contact Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry at (714) 660-1890.

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
May 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: first visit  

Find out what to expect when your child comes into our office for their first visit.first visit

Your child’s first tooth just came in. What an exciting time! Of course, it’s important that your little one starts visiting our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Bae, who can ensure that they have a smooth, comfortable first visit. Find out what to expect when your little one steps foot inside our office:

When should my child start seeing the dentist?

This is a question we hear quite a bit. Most people don’t want to start bringing in their child too early but they also want to start them as early as possible so that they are comfortable coming to the dentist as they get older. Your little one should come in either by their first birthday or when teeth start to erupt, whichever scenario happens first.

Why does my child need to visit the dentist so young?

Dental care is so important even from an early age. Even before teeth have erupted, you should be cleaning their gums gently with a damp cloth after feedings to remove any bacteria that may form. Once teeth erupt, it’s the perfect time to come in so that our Yorba Linda children’s dentist can show you how to care for your little one’s teeth and gums.

What will happen during the first visit?

This visit is really about getting to know your child and to make sure they are comfortable. By providing easy, comfortable visits in the beginning we hope to make it easier to get your child to the dentist in the future. We will carefully and quickly examine your child’s teeth and gums to check for decay and other issues. We may also need to gently clean the teeth if we find plaque or tartar buildup.

There are also some habits such as thumb sucking that can affect the alignment of your child’s teeth. These are habits we can address during the visit to prevent problems in the future. As your child gets older there are other preventive options available to them such as dental sealants and fluoride treatment that can keep teeth healthy and free from decay.

Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, is dedicated to making your child’s dental visits easier. Seeing the dentist shouldn’t be stressful; we can help make that possible.

By Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry
March 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   caries  

What your Yorba Linda pediatric dentist wants you to know about early childhood cariestooth decay

If you have a baby, it’s only natural to want to soothe your child and help them fall asleep. Just a few years ago, it was a common practice to put your child to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk.

This habit can be devastating to the health of your child’s teeth. Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, wants to share the facts about early childhood caries formerly known as "baby bottle caries."

When you prop a bottle containing juice or milk in your baby’s mouth, the sugar mixes with your child’s natural oral bacteria and forms an acid. This acid can eat away your child’s teeth.

What is known as “baby bottle syndrome” can be prevented by not giving your child a bottle at night. Explore other ways to soothe your child.

As your baby grows, Dr. Bae offers services designed to give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles. Your child’s first dental visit should occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and at least by the time your child is one year old.

Dr. Bae provides many dental services which may be appropriate for your child include:

  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Professional cleanings and fluoride treatments
  • Dental exam and x-rays
  • Preventive sealant placement
  • Restorative treatments

You don’t have to care for your child’s dental health alone. Get some help by calling Dr. Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. Call today!