Highly Recommended Pediatric Dentist in Bay Area
Teething begins at the age of four months and by the time your child is 3-years-old an entire set of primary teeth develops. It is important to maintain the health of milk teeth because they lay a foundation for the permanent teeth. Regular visits the dentist can secure your child's smile and oral health.
Pediatric Dental Emergencies:
Object Caught in Teeth
Use dental floss to remove impacted food and debris. Don’t use any sharp object on the gums and don’t scratch the tooth surface.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the bite carefully with water and place a cold compress over the affected region to avoid swelling. If the bleeding persists then visit your dentist immediately.
Cracked, Chipped or Fractured Tooth
Collect the fragments of teeth and keep them moistened. A broken tooth can be saved most of the times. Rinse your child’s mouth with cold water and make sure that he doesn’t swallow the broken pieces. Place a cold compress over the broken tooth and visit your dentist.
Knocked Out Tooth
Retrieve the lost tooth and keep it moistened. The tooth can be placed in milk or some tooth preservation product. If possible, try to relocate the tooth into the socket without touching the root. Visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Toothaches are common and can be relieved using prescribed painkillers. Don’t use any topical painkiller and use ice packs to lessen the pain. Check for impacted food between your child’s teeth and remove it gently using a dental floss. If the pain persists, you need to make a dental appointment right away.
Severe blows to the head can lead to a broken jaw. If you suspect your child to have sustained a broken jaw, visit your dentist now.
Dental traumas can cause a displacement in the tooth’s position. Place a cold, moist compress for pain relief. Contact your dentist for an emergency appointment right away.
Broken Braces and Wires
If you have wires from the braces poking your child’s cheeks and gums, try to adjust them using a compressor. If you can’t reposition the wires, give us a visit.
Your dentist works in close coordination with a hygienist to provide your child the best preventive treatment against cavities and injuries.
Brushing and Flossing
Clean your infant’s gums with a soft clean cloth and water. After the teeth erupt, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Begin flossing your child’s teeth when any two adjacent teeth touch. Flossing is recommended to remove plaque and debris.
A healthy diet is a key to a healthy mouth. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be involved in all meals and starchy or sticky foods should be avoided.
Sealants & Fluoride Varnish
A tooth-colored material or sealant is used to cover the molars and premolars. It shields the teeth from plaque and germs and acts as a barrier. Fluoride treatment is recommended twice a year. Topical fluoride strengthens teeth and prevents cavities.
Organized sports activities lead to tooth loss due to injuries. Mouth Guards, made of a moldable material, protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue and jawbone.
Space maintainers are recommended in case of a premature and permanent loss of teeth. A combination of bands and wires hold the remaining teeth together and minimize future orthodontic problems.
Braces are used to correct the bite and the misalignment of teeth.
We love your child's smile and strive to protect it. Schedule an appointment with Dr. David M Vierhus for your child's healthy teeth. (408)- 377-3214