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3 Key Factors for Your Kid’s First Dental Visit

Parents want only the best dental care for their children. According to the AAPD – American Association of Pediatric Dentistry – guidelines, children should visit the dentist within six months after the first tooth erupts, or before the first birthday.

When the time comes, you can choose to take your child to either a pediatric dental office or a family dentist who provides dental services for people of all ages. Either way, it’s important that you choose a dental environment where you believe your child can learn healthy habits that will last throughout their lives.

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

Choose a Kid-friendly Dental Environment

Pediatric dental practices that see infants, toddlers, and older children are custom-made to help children relax. Children need a safe, fun, and comfortable environment where they can learn about good oral hygiene and receive the necessary dental care, including preventive, maintenance, and, if necessary, early treatment.

Find a place where your child has a positive, comfortable and relaxed experience during his/her first dental checkup.

Compassionate Dental Team

Younger children respond best when treated with compassion, patience, and humor, preferably in the earlier parts of the day. Most children are also comfortable and less nervous when their parent stays with them in the examination. This also gives you an opportunity to gain a better understanding of your child’s dental and oral health.

Preventive visits

After the initial dental visit and exam, the dentist will recommend the regular six-month recare appointments to continue your child’s preventative oral care. If any treatment is administered, you may need your child to come in sooner for a follow-up visit to ensure proper recovery.

Final Note

During routine checkups, your child will receive an oral exam to ensure that he/she is brushing and flossing properly and to check for any tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. These visits also make it possible for the dental team to develop a strong relationship with your child and inculcate good dental habits that allow them to smile with confidence.

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Tongue-Tie (Ankyloglossia) Surgery (Frenectomy) for Kids in San Dimas

Tongue Tie Dentist San Dimas

Did you know a dentist can perform a Frenectomy?

Tongue-Tie in children is a medical condition where the lingual frenulum remains attached to the floor of the mouth and the bottom of the tongue. A Frenectomy is a surgical procedure that releases the attached tissue.

This method to reverse tongue-tie can be done in a few minutes and fix any issues associated with their condition.

Dr. Ramirez is highly trained on the tongue tie procedure and performs it with little or no discomfort for your child.

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Top 10 Questions Asked to Your Pediatric Dentist

To ensure you give your children the best dental care they need, we’ve compiled the top 10 questions you should ask your pediatric dentist.

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1 – What’s the best way to clean my baby’s teeth?
Use an infant toothbrush with a small head and soft, nylon bristles. Brush at least twice a day, preferably at bedtime to remove plaque that cause tooth decay. 

2- When is my child ready for his first dental check-up? 
We recommend you bring your child to the pediatric dentist as soon as he attains his first birthday, or when his first tooth appears. The first visit helps to check the child’s oral health as well as preventing dental problems from occurring. 

3 – Should I take my child to a pediatric dentist or a family dentist?
While a family dentist specializes in treating everyone in your family, a pediatric dentist has specialty training in children’s oral health and is dedicated to providing dental care to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. 

4 – How important are baby teeth to my child’s oral care?
Baby teeth (primary teeth) are very important to your child’s oral health and should be well looked after. Besides helping him chew naturally and speak well, they also help with holding space in the jaw that is needed for proper growth of permanent teeth. 

5 – How do I get my baby off thumb-sucking and pacifier habits?
Thumb-sucking and pacifier habits are usually fine because the baby will eventually outgrow them. If the habit continues past age three, your dentist may recommend mouth guards or space maintainers as a method of intervention to help prevent bite and crooked teeth problems. 

6 – How often should I take my child to a pediatric dental clinic?

Dentists recommend taking your child for dental check-ups every six months. This helps to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems from occurring. Sometimes your dentist may suggest more frequent visits depending on your child’s oral health needs.

7 – When is my child ready to start using toothpaste, and how much should be used?
From birth until your child’s tooth first arrives, clean your child’s gums using water and soft-bristled toothbrush. Once the teeth have erupted, clean twice a day with a rice grain size of fluoride tooth paste. From 3-6 years old, brush twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. We always recommend monitoring their brushing, ensuring they never swallow the toothpaste.

8 – Are dental sealants really necessary?
Yes. Dental sealants are used to fill in cracks found on chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth, helping to prevent food particles from building up there and causing cavities. 

9 – Are dental X-rays safe?
Dental X-ray exposes you to less radiation than traditional X-ray films. Not only do they help with accurate diagnosis of your child’s dental problems, they make treatment highly effective, comfortable and pain-free. We also offer digital X-rays which emits even less radiation.

10 – What should a parent do to prevent tooth decay in their children?
Teach your child the importance of good oral hygiene and ensure your kids brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Monitor your children’s dietary and make sure your child stays away from sugary foods and drinks. In addition, bring your children to for dental exams on a regular basis to keep their smiles healthy and beautiful.

Meet Dr. Corina Ramirez

Dr. Ramirez has been in the field of dentistry since 1986. She received her doctor of dental surgery from USC, where she graduated in the top four percent of her class. She received pediatric specialty training at UCLA, where she also served as the chief resident of the class of 2006.

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