Regular dental examinations for kids are a crucial part of any preventive health care plan. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids visit their dentist by their first birthday or within six months following their first tooth’s eruption.
Here at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jaclyn Bae (Hui) and her dental team believe that the first dental visit of kids here in our Yorba Linda, CA, office should be as comfortable, stress-free, and positive as possible. In this light, find out what to expect when your child comes in for his or her first-ever dental checkup.
The Basics of Children’s Dental Exams
The first dental exam is typically short and won’t involve any treatment. The main purpose of the visit is to give your child a chance to experience the dentist's office in a friendly and non-threatening way. Depending on how old your child is and his or her temperament during the visit, you might need to carry your child while sitting in the dental chair. Or, if your child is older, you may be asked to wait outside the examination room during the first dental visit by your dentist in Yorba Linda, CA, so that she can bond with your child.
During the actual examination, your child’s teeth will be inspected for decay and the gums and oral tissues for any potential issues. Your child’s jaws and bite will also be checked for symmetry. If needed, your child’s teeth will likewise be cleaned and treated with fluoride and/or dental sealant.
Other Things to Expect During The Dental Checkup
The dentist will educate you on the best practices of children’s oral care and dental development problems. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. You’ll likewise be asked to complete health and medical forms, so make sure to prepare the necessary information beforehand.
Also, your dentist will schedule your child’s next checkup, which would most likely be approximately after six months. This dental checkup schedule, as recommended by the ADA and AAPD, will help build up your kid’s confidence and comfort level during dental visits, monitor your kid’s dental development and nip any budding dental issues in the bud.
To Learn More About What Happens During Children’s Dental Examination, Speak to Us
Schedule your child’s first dental visit in our Yorba Linda, CA, office with Dr. Jaclyn Bae (Hui) here at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry by dialing (714) 660-1890.
Find out more about the preventive dentistry services we offer children here in Yorba Linda, CA.
Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. While maintaining good oral health in your little one does start at home, it’s equally as important that you are visiting our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae every six months for dental checkups and cleanings. Here’s why preventive dentistry is particularly important for your growing child.
Reduce your child’s risk for dental issues
This is probably the number one reason parents bring their children into our pediatric dentist’s office here in Yorba Linda, CA, every six months. After all, it’s far easier (not to mention, more cost-effective) to provide the care your child needs regularly to prevent enamel erosion, cavities, and gum disease rather than just treating the problem once it arises.
Since many dental issues have also been linked to chronic and potentially serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, keeping your child’s smile healthy could also reduce their risk for other problems.
Catch problems early on
While preventive dentistry is geared toward preventing dental problems altogether, sometimes cavities and other issues can still arise. Luckily, when they do, our Yorba Linda CA dental team can catch them early, as long as you are bringing your child in twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
Preventive dentistry practices are surprisingly easy to follow
Preventive dentistry begins with you and your little one. Luckily, preventive practices are fairly easy to adhere to. These practices include:
- Using fluoride toothpaste on your child’s teeth to keep them strong and to prevent decay
- Flossing once a day and brushing twice a day
- Replacing your child’s toothbrush at least two times every year
- Eating a healthy, whole diet that is very low in sugar
- Visiting the dentist twice a year (this includes annual x-rays)
- Getting fluoride treatment or dental sealants from your dentist to reduce the risk for cavities
- Getting a custom mouthguard from your dentist if your child is going to play sports
If it’s time to schedule your child’s first dental cleaning or next routine checkup with our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist, call Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry at (714) 660-1890 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaclyn Bae.
Here are the foods your child should have for a healthy smile.
Children need to develop healthy and strong teeth and gums that are capable of helping them chew food and develop speech. Of course, brushing, flossing, and routine checkups with our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist Dr. Jaclyn Bae are just some of the things you should be doing. The other way to support the development of healthy teeth and gums in your child is by following a smile-friendly diet.
Wondering what is involved in a smile-friendly diet? Here are some easy tips to remember to keep your child’s smile healthy:
Limit sugary treats
We all know that sugar causes cavities, so if your child’s diet is currently high in sugar, they are going to be more at risk for developing decay. You may even be surprised to discover all the products such as cereals and salad dressings that have hidden sugar. It’s important that if you do decide to treat your child to some sweets, that you do so right after eating when there is already enough saliva in the mouth to wash away sugar particles better.
Choose healthy snacks
Does your child immediately head for cookies or chips for snacks? While junk food doesn’t have to be an evil thing in your household, it is best enjoyed in moderation. Try to opt for healthier but still yummy snacks that will support your child’s growing smile but also satiate their appetite in a way that junk food can’t. Healthy snacks include string cheese or sliced cheeses such as Swiss or cheddar (which may even help keep teeth clean), as well as crunchy crisp veggies like raw broccoli, carrots, or celery with hummus or crackers.
Say “yes” to water
We know that juice and sodas may be fun to consume, but they shouldn’t be a regular part of your child’s diet (think of these items as treats, just like dessert). They should be consumed conservatively because juices and sodas contain a high amount of sugar, which can damage teeth. Instead, make sure that your child is getting enough water every day.
Make sure your child is getting calcium
Calcium doesn’t just keep your child’s bones strong and healthy, it is also necessary for the development of strong, healthy teeth. While milk is a great source of calcium, other wonderful sources include yogurt, spinach, white beans, and edamame. If you’re having trouble incorporating certain nutrients into your child’s diet, our Yorba Linda CA pediatric dentist is happy to provide suggestions during your child’s next checkup.
If you have questions about your child’s current diet, contact our Yorba Linda, CA, pediatric dentist today. Turn to the friendly, smiling team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry for nutritional advice by calling (714) 660-1890 for an appointment with Dr. Jaclyn Bae.
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.
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.
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