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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.
Knowing how to care for your child’s developing smile early on is so very important.
If you are a first-time parent you may not be sure exactly how to handle your child’s smile. That’s okay. This is where our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Bae, in here to help. There are so many things to think about that it can often feel rather daunting. Let us take some of the guesswork out of your child’s oral routine and give you some insight into what to do.
Bottle Feedings and Decay
Did you know that cavities are the most common disease in children? Fortunately, cavities are completely preventable with the proper dental care. One of the leading causes of decay in babies and infants is allowing them to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. By constantly subjecting gums and teeth to formula or drinks with added sugar you can increase your child’s chances of decay. The solution? Fill their bottles with water instead, which won’t cause decay.
Prevention Starts Early
The sooner you can start your child on the path to healthy dental habits the better. Even before your child’s teeth erupt, you should still be cleaning their gums with a wet washcloth after feedings to prevent plaque buildup.
Brush with Your Child
Children aren’t going to learn to brush and floss their teeth on their own. This is where you come in. You will need to brush your child’s teeth until they are old enough to handle the task on their own (usually around 6-8 years old). By showing them what to do and also having them practice by brushing your teeth you can show them what to do and not do when it comes to caring for their smiles.
Whether it’s making sure your child’s smile has reached certain important milestones or their first tooth has erupted, coming in to visit our Yorba Linda kids dentist every six months is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health. Just as you should be seeing the dentist twice a year, so should your little one. Once your child turns one or once their first tooth erupts (whichever happens first) you will want to make your child’s first dental appointment.
If you have questions about how to care for your little one’s teeth and gums, or if you need to schedule their upcoming dental visit, call Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. Trust your child’s smile to the experts!
Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.
First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.
How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of allÂ Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.
What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.
Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.” Â If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.
As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce
We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.
Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.
Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.
Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.
What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.
If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”