Why Treat Cavities in Baby Teeth?
All kids have baby teeth, many of which may experience some level of tooth decay. Baby teeth are only temporary and not as essential to oral health as adult teeth, right? Wrong! While primary teeth won’t last forever, they are important, and neglecting to treat cavities can have a negative impact on the development of a young mouth.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Even though baby teeth are not permanent, they are the ones your child will have for several years, until the permanent teeth come in. Did you know most baby molars don’t fall out until between 10-12 years old! Losing primary teeth early on is detrimental to your child’s lifelong oral health.
Primary teeth play a significant role in enabling your child to form words and to speak properly. If cavities in your child’s baby teeth are left untreated, infections may begin spreading to nearby teeth, causing more tooth decay. Damaged teeth interfere with chewing, potentially impacting nutrition. They can also result in overbites or an improper jaw structure and can hinder adult teeth from growing in straight and healthy.
Treating Cavities in Baby Teeth
To preserve your child’s oral health, we will remove cavities in your child’s baby teeth and fill them or crown them as needed. As with adult teeth, baby teeth fillings are usually made out of either metal or white composite.
We will first numb the area, and remove the tooth decay from your child's baby teeth as necessary. Depending on the extent of damage, we will use a filling or create a dental crown. When needed, we may opt to use nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to alleviate any discomfort or anxiety.
Avoiding Cavities in Baby Teeth
You can help your child prevent tooth decay and cavities developing by following a proper oral health routine, which includes brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Make sure to limit sugary foods and beverages, and only use water in sippy cups your child takes to bed. Most importantly, schedule your child's dental checkup every six months so that we can treat any tooth decay before it progresses.
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Visit us at All Kids Dentistry to learn more about caring for your child's oral health. We are committed to providing the preventative and restorative dental treatment your child deserves. We are all about healthy, happy smiles!
Topic – Can X-Rays Help Detect Cavities?
There are many diseases of the oral cavity that we cannot detect without x-rays. The images we capture can help us visualize things that are going on that we could potentially miss otherwise.
X-Rays and Tooth Decay
X-rays help us detect tiny areas of decay on or between the teeth, or below the fillings. If left untreated, the tooth decay can continue progress, which may need more involved treatments down the road. X-rays are useful in diagnosing additional conditions such as bone damage or loss, developmental defects, along with monitoring unerupted teeth.
Types of X-Rays
There are different types of x-rays we use depending on your child's needs. Bitewing x-rays enable us to look at the crowns of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth, such as the molars and premolars. We use them primarily to search for cavities between the teeth that we may not see otherwise and to monitor any previous filling for wear. Periapical x-rays zoom in on one or two teeth, displaying the whole tooth from the crown to the root. They help us identify cavities, along with problems with the tooth root or surrounding jaw bone. There are other types of x-rays we use to diagnose and treat many different conditions.
Are X-Rays Safe?
X-rays expose your children to minimal amounts of radiation. We always take additional precautions to ensure your child’s safety during the procedure. Today’s x-ray equipment focuses the beam on a specific area to reduce radiation exposure. We also use protective gear like lead body aprons to keep your child safe. Since children with a low risk of developing tooth decay don’t need x-rays often, it is always advisable to practice good oral hygiene at home. Also, encourage your child to stay away from too much sugar and to consume a balanced and nutritious diet.
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We are a digital office with low radiation x-rays and a mobile unit to ensure the safety of our growing, young kids. So visit us at All Kids Dentistry to learn more about x-rays and the different services we offer. We are committed to caring for your child's teeth through prevention and treating any problem as it arises. Our goal is for your child to enjoy optimal dental health for a lifetime. We are located right off of McBean Parkway, conveniently serving families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We are here to serve all your children’s dental needs!
Fluoride Varnish: What Parents Need to Know
The development of healthy gums and teeth are necessary for your child’s overall health. That is why our pediatric dentist at All Kids Dentistry will talk to you about good dental habits and treatments for your child. One of these treatments we may suggest is fluoride varnish.
What is Fluoride Varnish?
Fluoride varnish is a treatment that can help prevent tooth decay or stop it from getting worse. It is an application of topical fluoride, containing 5% sodium fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that works to strengthen tooth enamel. While a fluoride varnish treatment cannot entirely prevent cavities and decay, it can help keep your child's tooth enamel more resistant to acid attack.
Why Does My Child Need Fluoride Varnish Treatment?
All tooth surfaces go through a process of demineralization and remineralization. When decay is present, the bacteria produce acid that dissolves the outer tooth enamel, leading to more demineralization. If left untreated, the bacteria continue to destroy the tooth structure, potentially leading to more infection and the destruction of the soft pulp tissue. Fluoride varnish enhances the remineralization process, increasing fluoride concentration on the tooth's surface, making it harder and stronger, which helps prevent tooth decay and cavity formation.
Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?
Fluoride varnish has been shown to be safe. We only need to apply a small amount, and hardly any fluoride is swallowed. You may notice some discoloration or dullness after application, but your child's teeth will return to their natural color after brushing off the varnish.
How is Fluoride Varnish Applied?
We will use a small brush to paint the top and sides of each of your child's teeth with the fluoride varnish. It is sticky when applied but will harden once in contact with saliva. The treatment takes a few minutes, and your child will not experience any pain. After the procedure, your child should eat soft foods and avoid hot drinks, and should refrain from brushing and flossing for four to six hours.
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Contact us to learn more about fluoride varnish and our preventative treatments. We, At All Kids Dentistry, are dedicated to your child's oral health and strive to develop good habits that last a lifetime!
Why it Is Important to Save a Decayed or Injured Tooth
Your child’s baby teeth have relatively short lifespans but serve many purposes. You may wonder if saving your child’s decayed or injured tooth is worth the trouble and expense. Baby teeth play an essential role in your child’s dental development and pave the way for their healthy, permanent replacements.
The Importance of Primary Teeth
Until about the age of six, your child will use the baby teeth to chew, speak, and flash that charming smile. Some of these teeth will last until your child is 12. Maintaining their health and function is essential.
Baby teeth play a significant role in guiding their permanent replacements into position. If your child loses a tooth prematurely, the permanent tooth may not come out aligned. Additionally, its space may close, causing the unerupted permanent tooth to lock in the jaw. Tooth loss may also cause the teeth to shift, and the bite to collapse, eventually resulting in crooked teeth and plenty of orthodontic treatments later on in life.
Saving Your Child’s Primary Teeth
A badly decayed tooth or a severely injured tooth with an exposed pulp may require a baby nerve treatment, also called a pulpotomy, to save it. A pulpotomy is similar to a root canal treatment and involves removing the diseased pulp tissue from inside the tooth and sealing it to avoid infection. The tooth will likely need a stainless steel crown after treatment.
In the event your child’s tooth cannot be saved due to the severity of the damage, extraction may be the only option. Your pediatric dentist will outfit your child with an orthodontic appliance called a space maintainer, which stops neighboring teeth from drifting. Space maintainers can help prevent many orthodontic problems from developing.
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Schedule your child's appointment to begin a lifetime of oral health. We, at All Kids Dentistry, are dedicated to giving our young patients quality care and an experience second to none. In the event your child suffers from a tooth injury, immediately contact our dentists who will determine the best option to save your child’s tooth.
We are located right off of McBean Parkway, conveniently serving families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We are here to serve all your children’s dental needs!
Early Intervention Orthodontics
You may have noticed that fewer and fewer high school kids have braces as compared to a few decades ago. The reason is that children tend to get braces at a much earlier age today. Early intervention orthodontics may begin at age 7 or younger.
When Should Your Child Be Evaluated?
Your child should receive orthodontic screenings by age 7. Your child’s permanent teeth will begin to come in at age 6 or 7, which is when orthodontic problems start to be noticeable. At that young age, your child’s bones are still growing, so early evaluation can indicate whether orthodontic treatment is needed now or later on.
The Benefits of Early Intervention
Early Intervention Orthodontics, also known as interceptive orthodontics has been shown to prevent more severe problems at a later age. Additionally, treatments are shorter and less complicated.
When dealing with young children as young as 6 or 7, teeth are still developing, and the jaw is still growing. That being the case, certain conditions, including crowding, are much easier to address. Children with crossbites and protruding teeth also benefit greatly from early intervention. Another benefit of early intervention is that permanent teeth may be guided to grow into more appropriate positions.
In many cases, the dental arch is too small to fit all the teeth. Early intervention can take advantage of the child’s jaw being in a state of growth. A palatal expander can help to expand the upper dental arch, giving the child a better chance of permanent teeth emerging correctly. Additionally, dental arches can correct misaligned jaws.
In general, most children who undergo early intervention orthodontics usually need treatments later on, but future procedures will be shorter and less complex.
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Contact us to schedule your child’s 6 month checkup. Part of their checkups with us helps, to monitor whether a child is ready for early intervention orthodontic treatment.
We, At All Kids Dentistry, are passionate about giving our young patients an exceptional experience second to none!
We are located right off of McBean Parkway, conveniently serving families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. You can rest assured that your child is in expert hands. Don’t wait another day!
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist Over a General Dentist?
Your child’s first dentist visit is significant because first impressions can last a very long time. Choosing a pediatric dentist rather than a general dentist will ensure your child is off to a great start of a lifetime of oral health. There are many reasons why you should choose a pediatric dentist for your child’s dental care.
Additional Training in Children's Teeth
Pediatric dentists train for two to three years beyond dental school. Their extra training focuses on the treatment of developing teeth, children’s physical growth, children’s behavior and psychology, specific requirements of children’s dentistry, treating children with special needs, and how to make kids feel comfortable.
More Experience With Children
Exclusively with youngsters, giving them much more experience than general dentists when it comes to treating children. Pediatric dentists have experience in talking to children, handling their emotions, and putting their fears to rest.
Smaller Less-Scary Equipment
Pediatric dentists use small equipment designed for small mouths, to ensure your child's comfort. They will introduce the tools one piece at a time, making sure that your child knows what tool they are using and why. Pediatric dentists make sure to avoid the fear of the unknown instruments by involving your child every step of the way.
More Child-Friendly Environment
Because pediatric dentists focus on treating young patients, they design their office spaces for kids. They include toys and games in the waiting room to keep your child entertained and at ease. They decorate everything from the waiting room to the dental chair with a child’s needs in mind. They will hand out stickers or toys at the end of the appointment to ensure your child is excited about the next dental visit!
Pediatric dentists focus on preventing dental problems to ensure lifelong dental health. They will give you advice and teach you how to help your child develop healthy habits. They offer preventative treatments, such as fluoride treatments, sealants, space maintainers, and much more.
Experience the Difference
Contact us to see for yourself the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist. We, at All Kids Dentistry, are passionate about giving kids a great experience and care second to none!
We are located right off of McBean Parkway, conveniently serving families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We strive to provide our young patients with a memorable experience. Schedule your appointment today!!
The Language of Children
When children are in pain, they often experience anxiety and may find it difficult to explain what hurts. Our pediatric dentists at All Kids Dentistry are highly trained in the art of communicating with children to understand their needs and to offer soothing, positive language.
Why Pediatric Dentists?
Pediatric dentists receive additional years of specialty training, along with sophisticated training in pediatric dentistry psychology. They are like the pediatricians of dentistry. Pediatric dental offices are designed taking into account the needs of infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. They understand the psychology of children and use language to reach and comfort them while creating a personalized dental plan tailored to the needs of each child.
The Language of Children
Your pediatric dentist will use questions to help your child better explain what the problem is. He/she may ask questions like, “Does that tooth feel funny, or does it hurt?” Your child's responses can provide valuable information.
Tools at a dentist’s office can be scary to a child, and so can the names of procedures. Instead of saying water rinse, your pediatric dentist may call it a tooth shower. Wiggle out sounds a whole less scary than extraction, and tooth cleaner is a friendlier alternative to drill. Your child’s dentist will use choice words to alleviate anxiety and maybe draw a smile or two.
Going to the dentist can be an unfamiliar experience for children, especially if it is their first time. Positive reinforcement using words as simple as, “Good job,” can go a long way to alleviate anxiety and will help your child feel that things are going well.
Your pediatric dentist’s body language and tone are important. Children are observant and will look for reassurances. Talking to the child throughout the procedure provides a distraction and gives comfort. Your dentist’s body language will also help ease a child’s anxiety.
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Contact your highly trained pediatric dentist at All Kids Dentistry today. We serve families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We strive to provide our young patients with a safe and positive experience. Schedule your appointment today!
Temporary Treatment of Cavities
Nobody, especially a child, looks forward to having a cavity drilled and filled by a dentist! Dentists now have an alternative; an antimicrobial liquid called Silver Diamine Fluoride that they brush on cavities to stop tooth decay in its tracks with no pain whatsoever. Choose to stop your child’s tooth decay before it continues to progress!
What is Silver Diamine Flouride (SDF)
Dentists apply SDF to active tooth decay to prevent further progression of the disease. The silver component of SDF acts as an antimicrobial agent, killing the bacteria present and stopping the formation of new biofilm. The fluoride component prevents further demineralization of the tooth structure. Applying SDF is also beneficial for any child that isn’t cooperative enough to sit to completed their restorative treatment plan.
The application of SDF is straightforward and noninvasive. The teeth are initially brushed and rinsed then the teeth with decay are isolated and kept clean and dry. A micro brush is dipped in a drop of SDF and placed on the tooth for two minutes. Excess SDF is cleaned off, and the patient is instructed not to eat or drink for at least one hour.
Studies have shown that a second treatment applied 18 months after the initial one markedly stops cavities. The only side effect reported has been reversible staining at the site of SDF application.
What Are the Benefits of Silver Diamine Flouride Treatments?
Being able to apply SDF in 30 seconds with no noise, injections or drilling is a better, faster, and cheaper alternative to the usual fillings. Your child will need only a drop of SDF to treat five teeth, costing very little per tooth. Children experience less trauma and anxiety and will not require sedation.
Choose Healthy Teeth
Contact your pediatric dentist at All Kids Dentistry in the Valencia area today to learn more about SDF treatments for your child. We welcome children and parents to visit the office and meet the doctor and staff even before making an appointment. We strive to provide your kids with a safe and pleasant place to come regularly for their oral health care.