Your family dentist in San Ramon
We treat patients of all ages at San Ramon Dental Excellence. Introducing your children to the dentist can help prevent any dental phobias and also help them to get into good hygiene habits at home.
We recommend bringing your child when the very first tooth appears (usually when they are around six months old). You can also pick up plenty of helpful advice about tooth care for kids, including how to use dental tools and dietary advice.
As well as regular visits to the dentist, you also need to look after your child’s teeth at home. Check out the following oral health care tips for little ones:
- Start dental care early by gently wiping new teeth (and gums) with a clean cloth. As more teeth come through, you can start using a soft toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste, and at age three to six, you can progress to a pea-sized amount of paste.
- When children are around three to four years old, introduce them to flossing as their teeth will be starting to touch each other and the resulting narrow gaps will need an effective method of cleaning.
- From around age 7-8, children should be able to brush their own teeth, but you should still keep an eye on their technique. Use a timer to ensure they brush for long enough.
- Keep an eye on how much sugar you child is consuming, in both food and drink, and avoid prolonged periods of bottle feeding, particularly at night.
- A combination of regular visits to the dentist from a young age, developing a good dental care routine at home and encouraging a healthy diet will help keep your child’s teeth in great condition for life.
Fissures are the thin grooves on the chewing surfaces and no matter how well they are brushed, bacteria can still collect within them and eventually cause decay. A fissure sealant is a safe plastic coating applied to the tooth to stop food particles and bacteria from settling in these hard-to-clean grooves.
This preventive treatment is normally given to children whose permanent teeth are starting to emerge, usually between 6 and 7 years. The application process is quick and easy, and there is no need for an anesthetic or drilling.
- Long lasting protection
- Painless treatment
- Invisible once applied
- The tooth is polished to remove plaque and food debris from the fissure surfaces.
- The surface of the tooth is etched with a special solution.
- After rinsing off this solution and drying the tooth, the sealant is applied with a brush.
- A curing light is used so the sealant will harden and quickly bond with the surface, forming a tough coating