In our family dentist office, we treat generations of families working with the youngest members all the way to grandma and grandpa. At Ash Dental Corp, it is our privilege to help families throughout Irvine to have excellent oral health, and treating everyone in the family allows us to do so. If you live in the 92618 area, we invite you to call (949) 453-9800 and schedule a dental examination. Dr. Sami recommends that everyone have their teeth cleaned and examined at least twice per year since this allows us to remove any plaque and bacteria that is left behind with normal brushing and flossing at home. This step is critical for preventing both cavities and gum disease, regardless of how old you are. Still, there are certain aspects of oral health that do change as you grow, and we recommend planning ahead for a lifetime of dentistry appointments. Here is what you need to know –
Babies and Toddlers
Even little babies have dental needs, and a lifetime of dentistry begins from the moment they are born. In our Irvine, CA family dentist office, we recommend that you begin by wiping your baby’s gums with a warm washrag after feeding them. This will help to remove the sugar that is left by milk and creates an oral hygiene routine that, if followed, can ensure good health well into the future. Simultaneously, when their teeth start coming in, we suggest using a baby toothbrush to clean their new teeth twice a day just like you would for older children. The easiest way to start is by using a brush that fits on top of your finger and as they grow into toddlers, switch to a small toothbrush. Dr. Sami also recommends giving babies and toddlers water only after brushing teeth at night. This can help to prevent a common condition, baby bottle tooth decay, that is triggered by drinking juice and milk in bed. You should also bring your child in for their first teeth cleaning and dental exam around one year of age so that we can ensure that their teeth are coming in properly and that there are no health concerns needing to be addressed.
At Ash Dental Corp, we recommend getting into a routine of having your children’s teeth cleaned before starting school in the fall. Children miss school due to cavities or tooth infections more than most other health issues. By having their teeth examined before school starts, we can treat any problems before they create discomfort or irritation that could lead to them missing valuable school time. You should then schedule their second appointment after the holidays have passed so that we can remove any plaque and bacteria buildup that may have been caused by the many holiday treats. These two appointments will ensure that your children grow without experiencing a severe toothache or oral health issue, since how ongoing care prevents infections from reaching this level of irritation. If you live in the Irvine area, and your children play sports, we also recommend that you have a mouth guard created for them. This can be worn while they are practicing and playing and may prevent them from accidentally having a tooth knocked out. Given that early tooth loss can lead to overcrowding issues and crooked teeth, this may prevent the need for orthodontic treatments later on. If, however, their teeth are coming in crooked, you can have them evaluated for oral appliances and braces as early as seven years old.
Once your child reaches their teenage years, it can become even more difficult to ensure that they maintain a good oral hygiene routine. With teens always on the go, you may want to send them out with a travel toothbrush and paste to keep in their backpack. This way if they have an impromptu sleepover or are staying late at practice, they can brush their teeth. Simultaneously, chewing gum containing Xylitol can help to prevent bacteria from creating acid to attack the teeth. As an older teen, your child will also have more options for how to improve their smile. For example, from age 16 to 18, they can start wearing clear aligners to straighten teeth instead of wearing traditional metal braces. To discuss these options and find out which one would work for your teenager, schedule an appointment with our 92618 family dentist office.
Planning for a lifetime of dentistry requires planning for the future. One of the greatest oral health challenges that adults face is the erosion of the enamel. The hard outer layer of your teeth, enamel, is essential for protecting them and ensuring that you don’t experience severe sensitivity while eating, drinking, or even speaking. Due to age, a lack of oral hygiene, and eating acidic foods, enamel can wear away over time, and once the dentin and nerve endings are exposed, teeth become sensitive. In our Irvine family dentist office, we can treat this condition and prefer to start when it is only minor. For example, by completing a fluoride treatment we can help to strengthen the teeth. If the erosion has already started, we may need to perform a bonding procedure or even place a dental crown around the tooth in order to protect it. Doing so will help to make your teeth strong and healthy so that they can remain in the mouth. Ongoing dental care is essential as you age and regular exams and cleanings allow us to protect your teeth, keep them healthy, treat gum disease and prevent tooth loss. If, however, you do lose a tooth, we can replace it using a variety of solutions.