Your Child's First Dental Visit With Their Yorba Linda, CA Pediatric Dentist
When your child visits the dentist for the first time, you and your dentist want the experience to be great. Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, wants to share some tips on making the visit relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.
It’s important to start off right by saying positive things about the dentist and your child’s visit. Your child will pick up on your cues whether to enjoy the experience or be fearful of it, so be sure to smile and be positive. Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry is a kid-friendly environment designed to provide a relaxing, fun atmosphere you and your child will enjoy.
Your child should visit the dentist within the first 6 months after the first tooth erupts. The truth is your child is never too young to experience tooth decay. Some children experience delayed tooth eruption so make sure you bring your child in at least within the first year.
Your child’s first dental visit will typically include:
- A gentle examination of your child’s teeth, soft tissues, jaws and bite, including gathering baseline information which can be tracked over time to establish development and growth patterns
- X-rays, which may be taken depending on the age of your child
- A fluoride treatment and fluoride prescription, if required
- Nutritional and dietary counseling, if necessary, to prevent tooth decay
One of the most important parts of the first visit is demonstrating how to perform proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Your dental care provider can show you how to guide your child into a regular, effective oral hygiene regimen to practice at home. Your child should also begin flossing at around age 4, and be able to floss independently at about age 8. Good oral hygiene habits should be started early, so your child can enjoy a healthy smile for life.
Your child’s first dental visit is very important, so you should plan for success. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA, today!
As 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!
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 fluoride 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.
Teeth grinding, more formally known as bruxism, is a condition affecting many children. Some kids grind their teeth out of stress; others do it 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.
"Does my child need sealants?" This is a common question we hear from parents at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. This prophylactic, or preventative, treatment is a great way to help protect your children's teeth from decay, saving you time and money and saving your child discomfort. Dr. Jaclyn Bae answers your questions about sealants here.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a protective coating that is applied to teeth to prevent decay. Typically they are placed on the chewing surface of the molars, which have pits and grooves that are difficult to keep clean even with regular brushing. The sealants harden against the teeth after application and protect these grooves from collecting food particles and bacteria that can potentially lead to cavities.
Why do kids need sealants?
Children are understandably less vigilant about brushing, and molars, with their uneven, pitted surfaces, can be difficult to clean. Some kids are more genetically prone to decay, making the need for sealants from your Yorba Linda children's dentist even more important.
Do sealants really work?
The American Dental Association has determined through years of research that sealants provide 80% more protection from cavities than just brushing alone. After four years, they've shown to continue to provide cavity protection by up to 60%.
How long do sealants last?
They typically last a few years depending on how heavily the teeth are being used. Dr. Jaclyn Bae will check on the sealants placed and will recommend if sealants need to be retouched. It is likely that over the years that sealants may need to be reapplied or redone as they do wear away with time.
We at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA know that protecting your child's health is at the top of your priority list. Contact our office today to schedule a sealant-application appointment for your child with Dr. Jaclyn Bae!
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