Pediatric Dentistry

Good Dental Habits Start Young

Just like many other personality traits, good dental habits can be taught to young children and are often influenced by their care-givers.  We as adults have our own sets of values often attributed to our parents.  We invariably pass on our values to our children through the way we speak and act.  If we want our children to develop good health, we do not only tell them verbally but also we should demonstrate by our actions.  Kids often pick up little clues by observing us and learning from us.

Good oral hygiene comes from daily brushing routines.  This includes the number of times we brush our teeth, duration of each brushing routine and the technique of brushing that we use.  Parents should demonstrate and monitor children’s compliance.  We can encourage them by doing the oral hygiene routines together at the same time.  Make it a fun time.

Also, we can bring the children to see the dentist for periodic checkup and cleaning visit.  This help teach them the importance of dental health.

And if we have dental problems, try not to speak negatively but try to act positive, especially in font of our children.  Dental phobia can be taught.  We can help our children by giving them correct dental knowledges so that they will not neglect their dental health in their future due to phobia.  Our children will have a more pleasant dental experience at the dentist.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

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Dental Sealants Can Help Prevent Dental Cavities

Naturally, there are many grooves, pits and fissures on the surface of our teeth, especially the posterior molar teeth.  They are formed as results of natural tooth development.  A tooth is formed by multiple “lobes” from a tooth bud in a neonatal. When these lobes are fused together, a fissure is created in between these two adjacent lobes.

Some people may have deep grooves on their teeth and these teeth are more likely to accumulate stains and food debris.  Over time, bacteria in the food debris within the fissures will secrete acidic metabolic byproducts which would dissolve the tooth structure and thus forms the dental cavities.

Dental Cavities formation on deep grooves and fissures

Cavities can develop within the deep grooves and fissures on teeth.

Before these fissures and pits become decayed or cavitated, dentist would clean out any stains and apply a coating to seal off these small imperfection on the tooth.  The coating is called dental sealants.  Usually, pediatric dentist would apply sealants on kid’s teeth.

I routinely apply sealants for children and teenagers in my dental office.  I would first check the tooth to make sure there is no decay or cavities on the tooth.  I would polish off any superficial staining.  Then I would chemically treat the tooth and then apply the sealants.  The sealant is like a coating which helps protect the tooth.

If you have a child who hasn’t had sealant applications, you can bring him/her to my office for sealants.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Practicing Cosmetic Dentist Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona.

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Pediatric Dentistry: Six-Year Molar

The six-year molar is the first permanent tooth coming into a child’s mouth. It is the first permanent molar and it comes up next to the very back baby molar tooth. This permanent tooth is different from other permanent tooth because it does not replace any other baby tooth. It just comes up behind the last baby tooth when the child is about six years of age.

The reason why I am writing this article is to make the parents beware of this tooth. Very commonly, parents does not know that this permanent tooth appears when the child is six years old. They would incorrectly think that this tooth could be just one of the baby tooth and it would eventually be replaced by permanent tooth later when the child is much older. So I have seen some child may have big cavity on the six-year molars and parents might become surprise that the tooth is actually a permanent tooth.

I would recommend that the parents would take their children to have their first routine checkup when the very first baby tooth erupts. Also, periodic checkup and cleaning would help ensure optimal dental health and also provide a chance for the dentist to provide useful dental information to the parents. And one of these useful information is about the six-year molar. It is my hope that the children would start off with good dental hygiene so to help them to continue do so as they grow up into adulthood.

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Practicing Family Dentist Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona.

Baby Bottle Syndrome

Nursing Bottle syndromeTooth decay in children and infants are often referred to as Baby Bottle Syndrome. It happens when sweetened liquid (such as juice, milk, and pacifiers dip into the sweetener) clings onto the teeth for prolonged period of time and bacteria lived off from these sugar and secrete acidic metabolic  byproducts that damage the tooth structure.

Many parents would allow the baby to sleep with the bottle of milk or juice.  Also, they would give the child pacifiers dip into sugar water.  These would promote tooth decay because during sleep, the salivary flow would decrease and there is not enough saliva to wash away these sugar from the teeth.

Baby teeth are important because they are needed to chew food for proper nutrition.  Also, they are important for speaking and smiling.  The baby teeth are there to serve as placeholders for adult teeth when the adult teeth starts to come in.  Without these baby teeth, the adult teeth would come in improper position and the adult teeth become crooked.  Decayed or damage teeth can affect development of speech learning.  Decayed teeth can also become painful.

There are many methods to avoid baby bottle syndrome:

1.  Use and teach proper oral hygiene to child. Use dampened cloth to wipe the baby teeth after ingestion of food, milk or sweetened liquids.

2.  Floss the baby teeth

3.  Clean and massage the gum area.

4.  Make sure your child has proper fluoride exposure such as fluoridated drinking water, fluoride-containing toothpaste, etc.  Also go to the dentist for checkup and to give your child fluoride treatment on teeth.

5.  Don’t let your child to sleep with bottle of milk or sweetened liquids.

6.  Don’t dip pacifiers into sugar water.

 

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Practicing Family Dentist Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnancy gingivitis is the gingivitis happen during pregnancy.  During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes numerous changes, especially changes in the hormone balance in the body.  The hormonal changes would cause the gingivitis via two primary routes.

The hormonal changes causes the increased blood flow to the gum tissue, making it more irritable, more sensitive and more swollen.  Secondly, the hormonal changes decrease the body’s normal immune response to bacteria.  So when there is plaque, the bacteria in the gum tissue would be more likely to grow and causes the infection to the gum.  This is called the pregnancy gingivitis.

Thus, good oral hygiene is generally recommended during pregnancy.  Routine dental checkup and cleaning would help minimize the effect of gingivitis.  However, if the gingivitis is left untreated, it may progress into a more severe form called the periodontitis.  The periodontitis is a periodontal disease characterized by increased bone loss, gingival infection and inflammation and tooth mobility.

Usually after child birth, the condition of the gum would return back to normal.  Bleeding and swelling should subside.   However, if the symptoms continue, please contact your dentist for checkup.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Practicing Family Dentist Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona.

Tooth Cavities — Grandparents spoiling your kids?

So you might be asking me how Grandparents and tooth cavities related?  Actually this is an actual story happened to my patient’s child in my office.  I remembered when the dad brings his 4 years old son to my office for evaluation.  I immediately see almost all of the child’s teeth were blackened.  I asked how this happen. The dad told me that their parents or (the child’s grandparents) have spoiled the kid and let them eat all these candies.  Also, grandparents did not monitor the brushing habit of their kids.

Pedodontics, Early Childhood Caries, Tooth Cavity, Oral Hygiene, Brushing, Tempe DentistThis family is new immigrant from China.  The mother and father works in Phoenix and occasionally they would fly back to China for vacation.  Last summer, when they go back to China for summer, they let their youngest child (who has not begun schooling) to stay with the grandparents for 6 months.  When the mother sees her child after six months, to her surprise, her child’s teeth have developed multiple cavities.

A lot of times, the older generations in China do not have adequate dental care at their old times and also they don’t understand proper dental hygiene instructions.  And also, the grandparents probably spoil the grandchild that probably allows them to eat the candies and not brush properly at night.

The importance of this story is that the parents should teach the child proper dental hygiene at an early age, and also have a routine schedule of taking them to dentists for checkup and cleaning, at least once every six months.  Also, when the child is away to stay with grandparents, proper instructions should be given and also routinely check up on them on nutritional habits, hygiene, and health.  Even the child is staying with relatives, it is pertinent to stay informed on your child.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

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Infant Dental Care

A Baby’s dental health should start with the mother.  A woman in pregnancy should have a balanced diet so that the child can have normal skeletal development and healthy teeth growth.

Infant Dental, Pedodontics, Child Dentist, Tempe Dentist, Pediatric DentistAn infant should begin teething about age of 6 month.  This is when the baby teeth are starting to come in.  It is important that the mother does not allow the baby to sleep with milk or juice bottle in their mouth.  Otherwise, the accumulation of milk/juices in the mouth will promote tooth decay.  This is called the baby-bottle-syndrome.

At the infant ages, mother can try to clean the baby teeth with a clean wet cloth, preferably after each meal.  As the baby gets older, a small manual toothbrush can be used to brush the teeth.  Only a small amount of toothpast, about the size of a pea, is needed for each brushing.

Also, the parents can take the child as early as one years old to the dentist for a simple checkup.  This would allow the child to get accustomed seeing the dentist.  Also this develops a healthy dental hygiene habit that teaches the child the importance of dental health.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, Please call 480-820-6131

Practicing General Dentist in Tempe Arizona