Cheryl Willett DDS MS
Frank Hodges DDS MSD
Austin Nuñez DDS MPH
If your child has an accident that involves the teeth, please call the office ASAP.
If your child has an emergency involving a permanent or primary (baby) tooth, call our office at (707) 544-4611 after hours and our answering service will contact the doctor on call. Please be prepared to describe the nature of the accident, the teeth involved and symptoms child may be having.
Very often when young children are losing primary (baby) teeth and getting new permanent teeth there may be a time where both teeth are present at the same time. This may occur either behind the lower teeth or on top of the upper teeth. For best results, the child must wiggle the primary (baby) tooth on a consistent basis until the baby tooth has left the mouth, then the permanent tooth can move forward, replacing where the primary tooth was.
A wise man once said, “Have you ever seen an adult with 2 rows of teeth”?
The answer of course is NO. If the adult tooth grows half way up the baby teeth and the baby tooth still isn't loose, it should be evaluated by a pediatric dentist.
Because young children lack the dexterity to effectively reach all areas of their mouths parents should assist with brushing until age of 10.
Use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste on the toothbrush. We like the analogy of buttering bread. Just a thin layer, not the big swirl you see in toothpaste ads. Do not rinse with water after brushing; have your child spit, and then let the residual toothpaste remain on the teeth.
If you can see the teeth touching a parent needs to floss the child's teeth to remove impacted food. If you can see gums between teeth there is no need to floss yet. Floss before brushing to remove the food from the teeth. Nighttime is the most important time to floss and remove all of the food from the teeth before going to sleep. Do not eat or drink after flossing and brushing at bedtime.
Drink water often. Avoid fruit roll-ups, chewy fruit snacks and sticky candy; all of which stick to teeth and are hard to clean off. This includes gummy vitamins. Anything gummy or sticky is very difficult to clean or floss off the teeth. The stickiness just stays on the tooth and feeds the cavity bacteria that stick to the teeth. Check labels on prepared food packages, cans bottles.
Our favorite choice is milk at meals and water between meals and at bedtime. Sodas are our least favorite drinks. They contain sugar (up to 10 teaspoons in an 8oz. drink) and acid, both of which weaken teeth. Juices and sports drinks can also be high in sugar. Read labels. Strictly limit your child's consumption, reserving high sugar drinks for special occasions.