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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
January 31, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Knowing how to care for your child’s developing smile early on is so very important.oral hygiene

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.

Visit Us!

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!