Loma Linda Children's Dental Group | Patient Education in Loma Linda

 

 Dr. Christopher Wacker

              Pediatric Dentistry
  Loma Linda Children's Dental Group

     In the Professional Plaza across from the VA
 

 

 

 
25455 Barton Road, Suite 205B, Loma Linda, CA 92354
       (909) 796-2507  Fax (909) 796-3247
Patient Education
 

What is the difference between a Pediatric Dentist and a Family Dentist?

Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training are required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.

At Loma Linda Children’s Dental Group, we are concerned about your child’s total health care. Good oral health is an important part of total health. Establishing us as your child’s Dental Home provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.

Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal, along with our staff, is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. From our special office designs to our communication style, our main concern is what is best for your child.

How can I prevent tooth decay in my child?

Four things are necessary for cavities to form: 1) a tooth; 2) bacteria; 3) sugars or other carbohydrates; and 4) time. We can share with you how to make teeth strong, keep bacteria from organizing into harmful colonies, develop healthy eating habits, and understand the role that time plays. Remember dental decay is an infection of the tooth. Visiting us early can help avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment.

The pediatric dental community is continually doing research to develop new techniques for preventing dental decay and other forms of oral disease. Studies show that children with poor oral health have decreased school performance, poor social relationships and less success later in life. Children experiencing pain from decayed teeth are distracted and unable to concentrate on schoolwork.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

It is very important that primary teeth are kept in place until they are lost naturally. These teeth serve a number of critical functions. Primary teeth:

  • Maintain good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly.
  • Are involved in speech development.
  • Help the permanent teeth by saving space for them. A healthy smile can help children feel good about the way they look to others.


When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended.

How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?

Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child's teeth. Take your child to our office regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child's first birthday.

When should we begin using toothpaste and how much should we use?

Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as teeth erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

How do I make my child's diet safe for his/her teeth?

Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child's teeth from decay.

How do dental sealants work?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

What can I do to protect my child's teeth during sporting events?

Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child's teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard developed by our office will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head. For more information on mouthguards, visit www.sportsdentistry.com.

How safe are dental X-rays?

There is very little risk in dental X-rays. At Loma Linda Children’s Dental Group, we are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. We use digital x-rays and led aprons to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.

Today’s digital X-rays emit much less radiation. This knowledge brings peace of mind to worried patients. However, there’s even better news: Today’s digital X-rays work in real time.

Seconds after we take X-ray images, they’re sent to an on-site computer. By the time the apron is removed from the patient, the X-rays can already be up on the screen. They tell Dr. Wacker the state of the patient’s mouth, including if any cavities are lurking deep inside.

You might also see that an adult tooth is eager to erupt, or that wisdom teeth are starting to make their way to the surface. A lot can be gleaned from digital X-rays.

Below you will find a wide array of interesting and educational links that we feel will benefit your understanding and knowledge of your dental health.

If you have a suggestion for a link that you feel would be of interest, please feel free to email it to us so we can share it with all of our patients.

DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

Academy of General Dentistry

American Dental Association

American Academy of Pediatric Dentists

California Society of Pediatric Dentist


Dental Procedures and Topics

Air Abrasion

Anesthesia

Bad Breath

Be Mouth Healthy for Life

Braces

Bridges

Bruxism

Canker Sore

Composites/Bonding

Crowns

Digital X-ray

Extractions

Flap Surgery

Flossing

Flouride

Gum Disease

Impacted Teeth

Implants

TMJ

Lasers

Oral Cancer

Plaque

Scaling and Root Planing

Sealants

Sensitive Teeth

Tooth Decay


 
 
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