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Awareness about Pediatric Dentistry

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

Awareness about Pediatric Dentistry

  Since a child’s first set of teeth fall out to make room for the permanent adult teeth, some parents underestimate the importance of caring for them. That means that they don’t schedule an appointment to see a kid’s dentist until sometime in the early elementary school years. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that infants visit the dentist for the first time six months after the first teeth erupt or the first birthday, whichever comes first. This gets children off to a great start with their oral health in addition to helping them develop positive feelings towards visiting the dentist. What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Appointment You can do several things to prepare for your infant’s first dental visit that will make it easier for both of you. This starts with having an upbeat attitude about the appointment yourself so your child doesn’t pick up any feelings of anxiety. Try to schedule the appointment at a time when your child has recently eaten and isn’t due for a nap. If possible, arrange alternate care for other children and bring another adult along with you. This allows you to speak to the dentist without interruption while the other adult tends to your child if he or she becomes fussy. We designed the children’s section of our dental practice with bright, cheerful colors and placed age-appropriate books and games in the waiting area. When it’s time for your child’s appointment, we will review the health history form, address any questions you have, and ask additional questions about diet, pacifier use, and more. Our pediatric dentist then completes the evaluation with your infant facing you the entire time. We provide you with information on caring for your baby’s oral health and what to expect over the next few years as the first set of teeth erupt. Dental Care of Chino Hills understands that it can be difficult to find a good pediatric dentist. You’re welcome to schedule a consultation to learn more about our staff and services before bringing your child in for the first dental...

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Importance of Children’s Teeth from 6-12

Posted on Mar 9, 2017

Now that your child has all of their teeth and have a cute smile, take lots of pictures, because now comes the part where all their little teeth are going to start falling out! At about age five or six, children begin to lose their top and bottom front teeth. Between the ages of six to 12, they will usually lose all of their baby teeth. Besides helping children chew and pronounce words, the baby teeth hold a place in the jaws for the permanent teeth, which begin pushing the baby teeth out. The first permanent teeth come between six and seven years, which are the molars. During this time your child’s smile will be uneven, with some big and small teeth and even some gaps or baby teeth. By age 12 or 13 most kids have lost all of their baby teeth and have a full set of permanent teeth. Keeping your child’s teeth clean is a very important step in preventing cavities. By the age six or seven children should be able to brush their own teeth, with child supervision of course. Child-sized toothbrushes are easiest for kids to use. The head of the toothbrush is a lot smaller so it’s easier to fit in their mouths and reach further back. Around age 10 or 11, most children should be able to brush their teeth with no supervision. Here are a few brushing tips: Place toothbrush against the gums. Move brush in a circular motion. Brush the outer, upper and lower surfaces of the teeth. Repeat same method on the inside and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath and remove bacteria. Flossing is another important part of keeping teeth clean and healthy. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach. When your child is ready to floss and gently clean between the teeth, they should be flossing at least once a day. You can protect your child’s teeth with sealants. A sealant is a material that is applied to teeth where decay occurs most often, which is usually the back molars on the chewing surfaces. These teeth have pits and grooves that are hard to clean, the sealant bonds to the tooth and protects teeth from plaque and acid attacks. Sealing a tooth is fast and painless. Sealants can last several years before they need to be...

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