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Baby’s First Dental Visit
Baby’s first dental visit should be by age 1 or when the first tooth erupts (usually between 6-12 months), whichever comes first. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) now recommend your child have their first dental visit to a pediatric dentist by age one. During this visit, Dr. Suzanne will be examining your child’s mouth and teeth in the comfort of your own lap. That way your child will be with you the entire time and you will get to see what Dr. Suzanne sees as well. If teeth are present, then a gentle dental cleaning and fluoride application will be completed as well. Dental problems can begin at any age, however a common occurrence in infants is severe early childhood caries (S-ECC), formally known as baby bottle decay, can be seen at 18-20 months old. During this important initial visit, oral health risk assessment, preventive strategies, oral hygiene, diet, fluoride, oral habits, and any other questions you may have will be discussed and answered. Help protect your child’s smile and teeth by seeing us early!
Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making the teeth stronger (encourages remineralization in areas of teeth that are weak). Water in the City of San Jose is now fluoridated and can help your child say “bye-bye” to sugar bugs. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child to have a professional application of fluoride treatment every 6 months during each dental check-up. Hurray for fluoridated water in San Jose!
Sealants are like fingernail polish for your teeth. They make the chewing surfaces of your teeth smooth and easy to clean for your toothbrush. The sealants help prevent food, plaque, and bacteria to build up in the grooves of your teeth, therefore, reducing the risk of decay by 80%. Placing sealants are easy and recommended for first and second permanent molars that usually erupt at 6 yo and 12 yo, respectively. Dr. Suzanne will let you know if you child’s baby teeth will benefit from sealants. Sealants are white or TOOTH-COLORED and cannot be blue, pink, or green
The best way to protect your child’s teeth while they play in any activity sports is to wear a mouth guard. Children are most susceptible to sports-related injuries between ages 7-11yo. They also have permanent front teeth between these ages as well, so any trauma can cause fracture, loosening, or even lost of their permanent tooth. To make a customized mouthguard for your child, we have to take a mold of your child’s teeth. Mouthguards may need to be replaced depending on your child’s growth and development. A mouthguard can also be purchased at your local convenient store, however, it will not be customized to your child’s teeth and/or mouth. Let’s protect those pearly whites!
Accidents are going to happen with children around, whether it’s at your home, at the park, or in the supermarket. If it’s a dental emergency, mild or severe, please don’t hesitate to call us here at San Jose Dental Specialists. We are always here to help!
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is inhaled by your child to help them relax for their dental procedure. The most common side effects is nausea and vomiting, therefore, it is recommended not to eat/drink two hours prior to the appointment. Nitrous oxide is not suitable for everyone, and sometimes other sedation options are necessary
An extraction maybe necessary when the tooth is severely decayed and unsalvageable, abscessed/infected, loose/exfoliating, or when the orthodontist requests its removal. If a baby tooth is extracted and it is not time for the permanent tooth to come out, a space maintainer may be necessary to prevent space loss due to teeth drifting or tipping. Dr. Suzanne will let you know if it’s necessary or not and which type is best
Now if your child does have a cavity, depending on the severity, will dictate how we treat Dr. Suzanne will discuss all treatment options and materials.
Fillings are commonly used to restore the tooth after dental decay removal. They come in white (composites) or silver (amalgams) color. Composite fillings are more esthetic and usually used to treat smaller cavities and front teeth.
Crowns are used to cover teeth that has a larger cavity or cavities in multiple areas of the tooth. This full coverage will allow the tooth to function normally by protecting the entire tooth.
Pulpotomies are required when the dental decay has reached the nerve of the tooth. The infected nerve is removed and medicine is placed to promote healing. Often times, a crown is used to restore a tooth that has had a pulpotomy to protect the integrity of the remaining tooth structure.