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Establishing good oral care hygiene habits early can help your child avoid cavities, gum diseases, and other problems that can affect their teeth and mouth. Dental pediatricians, Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia, and Dr. May Yoneyama of The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose and West San Jose, CA, offer skilled, gentle care for young patients while also providing the services adults need to keep their smiles healthy.
How Can I Help My Child Care for Their Teeth?
When oral hygiene has always been a part of a child's life, they are less likely to complain about brushing or flossing sessions later in their development. In fact, oral care should start even before your child's first tooth appears; a small piece of gauze moistened with water will remove plaque and bacteria while preventing tooth decay from damaging emerging teeth. Once the first tooth appears, gently clean it with a soft, child-sized toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste that's no bigger than a grain of rice.
Brushing both in the morning and evening reduces plaque buildup, a key factor in tooth decay and gum disease. Although the American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes, convincing your child to brush for 120 seconds may be a little difficult at times. However, toothbrushes that light up, play music, or feature favorite cartoon characters can make brushing less of a chore. If your child is still a reluctant brusher, our South San Jose or West San Jose pediatricians can offer a few more tips and tricks during their next check-up.
Most kids need a little help with oral hygiene or flossing. When your son or daughter is young, you may have to do much of the work. As time goes by, though, they will be able to gradually take over oral hygiene tasks. Most children can handle brushing or flossing on their own when they're about 7, however, you still may want to supervise brushing and flossing sessions.
Also, the food your child eats is a huge factor in keeping both their body and teeth healthy. Water or calcium-rich milk is much better for teeth than sugary fruit juice or soda. Although most kids can't resist candy, cake, and cookies, it's best to offer these as only occasional treats. Snacks like apples, carrots, and celery are healthier choices and help to naturally remove plaque from teeth.
Contact Us Today!
Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits can help you protect your child's smile. Schedule an appointment with our pediatricians at The Dental Dimensions by calling (408) 225-6815 for the South San Jose office or (408) 252-3212 for the West San Jose office.
Have you been considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign but have some questions about the process? South San Jose and West San Jose, CA, dentists Drs. Deepak Shetty, Kavita Bhatia, and May Yoneyama of The Dental Dimensions transform patients' smiles with this innovative alternative to traditional braces.
What is Invisalign?
Traditional metal or ceramic braces use wires threaded through brackets to re-position teeth, while the Invisalign system realigns your smile with clear, removable aligner trays. You'll receive a series of trays and will wear each set for approximately two weeks. For best results, trays must be worn 20 to 22 hours per day.
What are the Invisalign Phases?
The Invisalign process includes these steps:
- Phase One: Consultation - During this phase, your South San Jose or West San Jose dentist will examine your teeth, discuss the Invisalign process, and explain payment options if Invisalign is a good choice for you. Most people who have mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues can benefit from Invisalign. If your issues are severe, traditional braces may be recommended.
- Phase Two: Treatment Plan - Your aligners will be designed using the Invisalign CAD/CAM technology. Your dentist will take digital photos, impressions, and X-rays that will be used to create a 3D digital model of your mouth.
- Phase Three: Creation of Your Aligners - Once your treatment plan is finalized, the Invisalign company will begin creating your custom series of aligner trays.
- Phase Four: Delivery of Your Aligner Trays - A few weeks later, you'll return to the dentist's office to receive your first sets of trays and a brief tutorial about wearing and caring for your trays.
- Phase Five: Follow-up Appointments - You'll visit the dentist every six to eight weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
- Phase Six: Completion of Treatment - Once you've finished the entire series of trays, your results will be evaluated. In some cases, you may need a few additional trays to refine your smile. At the end of your treatment, you'll be given retainers that will help you maintain your results.
Straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign! Schedule an appointment with dentists Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia, and Dr. May Yoneyama of The Dental Dimensions by calling (408) 225-6815 for the South San Jose, CA, office or (408) 252-3212 for the West San Jose office.
Do you want to more about your child's dental health?
Your child's dental healthcare is important. Taking care of your kid's teeth and teaching children to care for their teeth is vital. Here at The Dental Dimensions, your San Jose, CA, dentists can help you.
Dental Care After Birth
After giving birth to your child, you should wipe their gums with a moist washcloth or gauze. Once your baby's first tooth erupts, decay may occur. The first tooth usually pushes through gums at about six months old, but may take up to 12 or 14 months.
Brushing Your Child's Teeth
Until your child is able to brush their teeth, you need to brush and floss for them. Brush their teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush with fluoride-containing toothpaste. Once two teeth are adjacent to each other, you have to floss between them to prevent cavities and decay.
Make sure you take your child to the dentist's office for checkups.
Children Brushing Their Own Teeth
Your child has to start brushing their teeth by age three, according to your San Jose pediatric dentist, because they've already grown a full set of teeth. From ages three to six they'll use no more than a smear of toothpaste and you will need to supervise them to ensure they are brushing correctly.
Child's First Dental Appointment
The American Dental Association recommends scheduling an appointment with a pediatric dentist when their first tooth erupts to examine your child's dental hygiene, growth and development.
Before the visit, make sure:
- To speak positively about dental visits and avoid speaking about them in a negative context
- You talk with your child about visiting the dentist
- Your child is well rested
For any questions or concerns regarding your child's hygiene, call your dentists at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose, CA.
Over the years, your Cupertino and West and South San Jose, CA dentist has performed a number of restorative procedures on a lower left molar. Now, you lost a significant portion of that tooth, and it's starting to hurt. At The Dental Dimensions, Dr. Shetty, Bhatia and Yoneyama often recommend root canal therapy, or endodontics, to restore heavily damaged teeth, relieving pain and infection. Do you need a root canal?
Your tooth structure
Each and every one of your teeth has important structural elements:
- Highly calcified tooth enamel
- Softer, yellow dentin which also contains tubules capable of transmitting sensation to the interior of the tooth
- Interior pulp made up of blood vessels, supportive tissue and nerves
- A unique place in your mouth
Because of that unique place in your mouth, your tooth is indispensable. After all, tooth loss weakens teeth which adjoin a gap, compromises biting, chewing and speech and prematurely ages facial features.
So because your tooth is so important, your Cupertino and West and South San Jose dentist will endeavor to save it. Root canal therapy could do just that.
The root canal process
Endodontic therapy removes diseased and injured pulp. Taking just two one-hour appointments at The Dental Dimensions, this restorative treatment will preserve your tooth and extend its lifespan indefinitely.
The process starts with digital X-rays and a visual inspection of the tooth and its surrounding gums. These steps pinpoint exactly what's happening with your tooth. Often, ailing teeth exhibit more than cracks, chips or pain, they also may cause:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Jaw swelling
So it's important for your dentist to diagnose your tooth's condition accurately and then, if warranted, proceed with the root canal.
To do this, the dentist isolates the tooth with a rubber dam, dries it and administers numbing medication. Then, they open the tooth and cleans each of the tooth's root canals with small files. The dentist rinses the canals, disinfects them and seals them with a rubbery putty called gutta-percha. A temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals over the subsequent week to ten days.
When you return to The Dental Dimensions, your dentist will remove the cap and bond a new porcelain crown in place. You can expect your symptom-free and beautifully realistic tooth to last for years to come. Just brush twice daily and floss once a day as the American Dental Association recommends. Also, come to the office twice a year for your routine check-ups and hygienic cleanings.
Find out more
You may be able to keep that tooth. So find out during a restorative dentistry consultation at The Dental Dimensions serving Cupertino and West and South San Jose, CA. We have two locations to serve you. For the Prospect Road office, call (408) 252-3212. For Cahalan Avenue, call (408) 225-6815.
When you and your child visit the dentist for regular checkups, an emphasis will be put on keeping up with oral hygiene at home. Dental hygiene is something that should be taught to children at a very young age. Learn more about how to keep your child's teeth healthy. Also, explore a few tips that will help ensure that your next pediatric dentistry appointment at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose, CA is a positive one.
Your Child’s Oral Hygiene Routine
Children don’t know much about oral hygiene, which is why many of them often develop cavities and other dental problems. When they eat snacks, candy, and sugary drinks, the last thing that may be on their minds is brushing their teeth afterward. However, a regular oral care hygiene will allow them to enjoy their favorite treats without the fear of cavities and decay.
When Should It Start?
As soon as your child is able to brush and floss on his or her own, you should start teaching him or her about regular oral hygiene. The earlier this routine starts, the more likely it will become second nature to your child as he or she gets older. Generally, the process will start around age three. Before that age, you are responsible for ensuring that the child’s teeth are brushed and flossed on a regular basis.
Oral Hygiene Tips
When you visit The Dental Dimensions, a pediatric dentistry in San Jose, CA, for a checkup with your child, your dentist will fully advise you on the proper tooth and gum care. In the meanwhile, here are a few tips on how to teach your child good oral hygiene:
- Make brushing time fun. Play your child’s favorite song, preferably one that lasts over two minutes while you both brush together.
- Show your child how to properly floss by doing it yourself.
- Mix more good, healthy snacks into your child’s diet. Cheese sticks are high in calcium. Crunchy veggies like carrots and celery are also good for the teeth.
Get Help at Your Local Pediatric Dentistry
A San Jose, CA dentist will help you make sure that your child has good oral health throughout his or her young life. Call (408) 225-6815 or (408) 252-3212 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia, or Dr. May Yoneyama.