1620 Alpine Blvd, Suite 121, Alpine, CA 91901

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A Healthy Smile Starts with Us

June 10, 2024

Discover the Benefits of Good Oral Health Care for Your Children

Parenting can be tough, but when it comes to your child's oral health, you don't have to go it alone. At Alpine Dentistry, we believe in taking a proactive approach to dental care, starting from an early age. By establishing good oral hygiene habits and routinely checking for any potential issues, we can help ensure that your child enjoys optimal oral health and develops a positive attitude towards dental care.

Why Good Oral Health Matters for Kids

As parents, we all want the best for our children. When it comes to their teeth and gums, good oral health is essential not just for a bright smile but also for overall well-being. Studies show that dental problems can lead to missed school hours, affecting academic performance and social development. By prioritizing regular checkups and routine care, you can help your child maintain optimal oral health while supporting their growth and development.

Our Approach to Children's Dental Care

At Alpine Dentistry, we believe that prevention is key when it comes to good oral health. We provide you and your child with the resources and tools necessary to establish an effective brushing and flossing routine, offer nutritional guidance, and advise on potentially harmful oral habits. Our dedicated staff strives to make each visit with your child a positive, informative, and beneficial experience.

The Importance of Regular Checkups and Routine Care

Regular dental checkups are crucial for maintaining good oral health. We recommend scheduling these twice a year to help your child stay on top of their oral hygiene habits and catch any potential issues early on. During each visit, our skilled professionals will perform a thorough clinical assessment of the teeth, gums, jaws, and surrounding oral tissues. We'll also check your child's bite, jaw alignment, and function.

To ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of your child's dental health, we may take digital radiographs as needed to check for the presence of any cavities or infection and to evaluate the position of their developing teeth and the health of the jawbone. We'll also provide a professional dental cleaning to eliminate any plaque or debris accumulated between the teeth or in hard-to-reach places.

Tooth Decay: A Common Challenge for Kids

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Over 50 percent of 5-9 year old children have at least one cavity or filling, with that proportion increasing to 78 percent among 17-year-olds. While cavities can develop at any age, children are especially susceptible due to dietary indiscretions and ineffective oral hygiene routines.

To help protect your child's teeth from decay, we may recommend periodic fluoride treatments or the application of dental sealants. While fluoride supports the re-mineralization of tooth enamel, dental sealants provide a durable, thin coating to the biting surfaces of the back teeth to shield their deep crevices from decay.

At every stage of your child's development, we'll advise you on the most effective methods of keeping their teeth clean and discuss the foods, beverages, and habits that can lead to problems. While it can be difficult sometimes to get children into a regular oral hygiene routine, we'll give you tips and advice on making brushing and flossing a fun part of their daily activities. As your trusted partner in dental care, you can rely on us to keep a close watch on your child's oral health and development.

Establishing Good Oral Hygiene Habits from an Early Age

  • Starting with baby teeth: Even before your child is born, their first set of teeth is already forming. As a matter of fact, by the time your baby is a year old, some of the front teeth will have already emerged into place. For this reason, it's essential to establish an oral care routine at an early age. As per the recommendations of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents are encouraged to have their baby see the dentist around the time of their first birthday.
  • Dental care for children and teens: Childhood is a time of incredible physical and emotional changes. As kids go through several stages of development, so do their teeth. Many things, including both genetic and environmental factors, contribute to the health and appearance of your child's smile. While some issues cannot be prevented, there's still a lot you can do to help ensure your child experiences optimal oral health and develops an attractive, functional smile.
  • Assessing facial growth and dental development: In addition to checking for the presence of dental disease, we also monitor your child's facial growth, jaw development, and alignment of their smile. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, we'll advise you of our recommendations for care.
  • Good nutrition is essential for a healthy smile: Beyond good oral hygiene and routine dental care, a balanced, nutritious diet is essential for a healthy smile in a growing child. Sticky, sugary foods and drinks are not only harmful to children's oral health but also detrimental to their overall well-being. A diet rich in nutrients is critical for optimal growth and development and keeping the teeth and gums strong.
  • Getting prompt care for dental emergencies: Recognizing the fact that children have active lifestyles means there is always a chance an accident involving a hit or blow to the mouth or teeth can occur. These traumatic injuries can happen at home, in the playground, or on the playing field. Common injuries to the teeth and oral cavity seen in a pediatric dental office include everything from soft tissue lacerations of the lips, cheeks, or tongue to chipped, fractured, dislodged, or “knocked out” teeth. Equally frequent reasons for children to require urgent dental care are painful toothaches, dental infections, and mouth ulcerations.

Your Child's Journey Towards a Healthy Smile Begins with Us!

At Alpine Dentistry, we believe that every child deserves the best possible start when it comes to their oral health. By providing comprehensive care, personalized guidance, and a supportive environment, we aim to help your child develop good oral hygiene habits and maintain optimal oral health throughout their life. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your child's dental care – we're here to help!

To learn more about our services, schedule an appointment, or get in touch with us, please visit our website or give us a call. We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our office soon.

Existing Patients: (619) 445-8896
New Patients: (619) 728-4401