We explain to the child what is going to happen and do our best to provide a fun interesting experience. We carefully examine the development of their mouth including: crowding, appearance of calcium deposits, abnormality in the number of teeth, baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ, and signs of prolonged problems such as thumb-sucking and teething. We take x-rays when needed; we clean and polish teeth and apply fluoride when needed. We explain how a healthy diet relates to healthy teeth and we demonstrate the correct way to brush the teeth.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, common habits such as thumb sucking or pacifier use, while normal in early life, should be stopped before the age of four years old. If these habits were to continue beyond age four, they can lead to dental malocclusion (buck teeth) and deformation of the child's jaw which would require braces to correct later on. Additionally, try to wean your child off the bottle by age one. Do not put a child to sleep with a bottle, unless the bottle is filled only with water. Milk, juice, and especially soft drinks will cause rapid decay of your child's teeth.
On the other hand, other habits such as mild snoring or grinding are normal and usually do not require treatment. However, if the child snores heavily or has sleep apnea, an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor should be consulted.
Diablo Creek Dentistry would love to meet you and your family and provide you with the dental care you need and give you all smiles you deserve! Our office provides the dental care you need to achieve the beautiful, natural look you seek. We can even reshape your natural teeth to make them straighter and more youthful. Our office is easily accessible and makes it convenient to those living near Walnut Creek to get the care they deserve.Request An Appointment Online
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