X-rays provide useful visual data for dentists to utilize when treating you. Occasionally, guests to our Pediatric Dentist Ontario office ask about the radiation from x-rays and the dangers associated with high-exposure. Rest assured, a dental x-ray is one of the safest medical imaging procedures there is. Here’s what you need to know about getting a dental x-ray.
The Purpose of Oral X-Rays
X-ray imaging of the mouth can show our Kids Dentist Ontario dental team damage to your teeth as well as disease. They can also show incoming teeth that could be problematic. X-rays allow our team to prevent problems by addressing them early. Rather than wait for excessive tooth damage to become visible, a simple x-ray procedure can identify it before it becomes painful.
Dangers of X-Ray Radiation
Excessive radiation exposure has been linked to increasing the risk of cancer. However, not all radiation sources are the same. It matters greatly where the radiation is coming from, how much you are exposed to, and for what length of time. X-rays have not been shown to present a significant increase in cancer development.
Comparing X-Ray Radiation
Dental x-rays are among the lowest dose of radiation producing procedures in medical imaging. It would take roughly 1,200 panoramic x-rays of your mouth to equal one CT Scan. Did you know that when you fly in an airplane you are exposed to a small amount of radiation? A panoramic x-ray of your mouth is only half of the radiation you’re exposed to on a 7-hour plane ride. The amount of radiation is even lower for a routine x-ray exam. A routine procedure including 4 intraoral images is about the same dose of radiation from a 1-2 hour plane ride. A dental x-ray provides less than the amount of radiation you are exposed to in the average day from natural radiation.
Even though dental x-rays are safe and expose you to a small amount of radiation, our Pediatric Dentist in Ontario office takes additional measures to keep you safe. First, state laws and regulations set the limit of radiation patients can be exposed to. We never exceed these restrictions. Our experienced Children's Dentist Ontario team is also trained to use the x-ray equipment. Visitors are provided with a shield or bib that provides additional protection.
What You Can Do
Communication is key. If you are a new patient, please provide us with your medical records so that our Ontario CA Pediatric Dentist team knows about any previous medical imaging you have had. Talk to our Pediatric Dentist 91762 about your concerns. Together we’ll work with you to ensure you are treated in a safe environment.
Dental x-rays are a safe and incredibly helpful procedure. They allow our Ontario CA Kids Dentist to detect problems and develop solutions specific to your mouth. Dental x-rays provide a significantly lower dose of radiation than other safe medical imaging methods. We strive to create an atmosphere where our guests are comfortable. If you have any concerns, please let us know.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule your next examination, please contact our Children's Dentist Ontario office.
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You want to save time and money, so you take your child to the emergency room for a dental problem. It’s a growing trend especially among parents, but you should generally avoid using the emergency room when dental problems occur. We understand you want your child to receive the best available care in the quickest manner possible. However, it is important to know the best place to seek out for dental issues is often our Children's Dentist Ontario office.
How Common is it?
Over the past several years there has been a noticeable increase in the number of patients admitted to the emergency room because of a dental issue. The American Dental Association estimates that emergency room visits for dental issues occur roughly every 15 seconds, for a total of 2.2 million patients per year.
When You Should Visit the Emergency Room
If your child has a broken jaw or severe bleeding from the mouth, then an emergency room visit is in order. However, when it comes to severe discomfort from a toothache, broken teeth, or extensive decay, our dental office is a much better option to help treat you. Our Caring Kids Dental office is equipped with a knowledgeable team that specializes in dental care. Our Ontario Pediatric Dentist also uses special tools that an emergency room would not be equipped with.
Why People Choose the Emergency Room Instead
When it comes to children, many parents take their kids to the emergency room because of insurance. You might think it will be easier and cheaper but the reality is often the opposite. Those lacking dental insurance seek out the hospital as a cheaper alternative, only instead to be billed excessively for what is likely considered a “non-emergency.” Also, emergency room wait times can often be extensive so it is usually not a quick alternative.
Our Kids Dentist 91762 office works hard to ensure visitors receive excellent, affordable care in the quickest manner possible. Talk to us about your own situation so that we can reach a solution.
Regular Visits Are Your Best Defense
A visit to the emergency room is costly. Instead, your best defense in keeping a healthy mouth is by setting up regular visits to our office. Many who seek dental care in the emergency room do so because they neglected to act sooner, but our professional dental team can assist you. Tackling dental care early is your best defense.
When it comes to receiving dental care, our office has the knowledge and experience to best serve you. Our Kids Dentist in Ontario CA has the necessary tools to treat patients. We strive to see our patients in a timely manner, so call our Ontario CA Kids Dentist office to schedule your next visit.
If you have any questions about keeping your smile healthy, please contact our Ontario Pediatric Dentist office.
Helping your child switch from bottles to cups can be challenging. Babies may become emotionally attached to their bottles as a source of comfort as well as nutrition.
However, bottles can also become dangerous to your child’s teeth over time. Continuing to use a bottle too long can cause your child’s palate to narrow. This can lead to an increased need for orthodontic treatment as they grow.
Bottles also expose a baby’s teeth to liquids over an extended period of time. Liquids such as milk, formula, and juice contain sugars that can increase the risk of tooth decay. To help protect your child’s teeth, you should encourage your child to start drinking from a cup by their first birthday.
It is important to consider your choice of training cup. There are many and varied options of child training cups available. Here are some things to consider when selecting cups for your child.
Keep the goal in mind when choosing a style of training cup for your child.
Cups advertised as “no spill” often contain a special valve beneath the spout. This valve does protect against easy spilling, but also prevents sipping. Instead, these cups require your child to suck on the spout, essentially replacing one type of bottle with another. This can slow your child’s training on cup usage. In some cases, these valves may even require a high level of suction, making them frustrating to use.
Look for a cup with a simple spout rather than a “no spill” spout.
These cups are easy for your child to use and help them learn to sip. Cups with handles can be easier for small hands to learn to hold. If spills are a concern, look for a cup with a weighted base that can help it self-right.
Remember that transitions occur in stages.
Phase out the bottle in favor of the cup, don’t try to change all at once. Once your child can use the cup, limit the bottle to water. This can help make the bottle less desired. Provide the bottle less often over time to allow your child time to adjust. Once your child has mastered training cups, start offering a small plastic cup without a lid. When they can use this new cup, phase out the training cup.
For more information about bottle to cup transitions or to schedule an appointment, contact our Children's Dentist Ontario office.
Braces can help create a straight, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Ideally, any corrections to the bite, jaw, or mouth structure should be performed during adolescence while the mouth is still forming. Here’s what our children's dentist in 91762 needs you to know before your child begins treatment with braces.
Why Get Braces?
Braces are used to correct improper bites. If you child has an overbite or underbite, braces may be recommended along with another orthodontic appliance to shift the jaw. Additionally, braces are used to correct gaps between teeth as well as teeth that are growing in a crooked position.
The Importance of Starting Early
Braces are more effective in younger patients because the jaw structure is still malleable. According to the American Dental Association, the majority of orthodontic treatment cases typically begin between the ages of 8 and 14. Your child’s particular course of treatment is going to be dependent on a number of factors including mouth structure and the progress of erupting adult teeth.
Braces Can Improve Your Child’s Life
It may be difficult for your child to imagine an extended period of time without being able to eat sticky, gummy foods or chew bubblegum, however there are numerous benefits to your child’s overall health and well-being that can be achieved with braces. By straightening teeth and closing gaps, your child’s gum health will be improved. Braces can prevent dental complications later in life such as the need for more advanced corrective procedures. Your child’s confidence will also be boosted once they see the results of a straight, beautiful smile.
We invite you and your child to discuss the benefits of having braces with our team. During your appointment, we will provide a complete examination and dental cleaning and make a recommendation for a treatment plan that will work best for your child.
To schedule your child’s next visit to our children's dental office in Ontario, CA, please contact our friendly team.
As you have likely come to realize, children grow up quickly. Make sure you are savoring each moment you have with your child. Here are seven things our 91762 children's dentist suggest doing with your child before they reach age 7.
Art projects are always a fun activity. Create art together. Do a finger painting, or draw and color together. Your child’s art masterpieces will be a lasting memory of the time you shared together.
Do you live in a cold climate where it snows in the winter? Embrace the snow and go sledding or build a snowman. If you live where it is warm, make sure your child experiences the magic of a fresh winter snow before they grow up.
Create fun traditions that will transcend time. Your child might be too young to remember one event, but a yearly occurrence is sure to provide for a fun memory when your child grows up. Celebrate half-birthdays or start new traditions with a surprise on Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day. Think small. It’s often life’s little moments that are cherished most.
Reading with your child each night is a great way to bond together over a fun story. Reading will also help your child learn and improve their reading skills, not to mention engage their ever-active imaginations.
Childhood provides an important time for instilling good habits and a sense of morality in our children. One of the most important lessons you can teach your child is to always be honest.
When the weather turns nice, enjoy a lazy afternoon outside looking up at the sky. What does your child see in the clouds? Encourage their imagination.
It is important for your child to have an orthodontic evaluation by the time they reach age 7. By this time, most children will begin to grow their molars and incisors. The jaw is also still at an age where it can be formed and shaped.
As a parent, you can provide your child with a smile that will last through the years. Embrace each moment you share together, and the smiles that go with them.
If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, or would like to schedule your next visit to our children's dental office in Ontario, CA, please contact us.
Making sure your child’s mouth develops properly is important. Part of a growing mouth will mean your child’s baby teeth will come out. For many kids, baby teeth loosen and fall out on their own, but every child is different. When you bring your child in for an orthodontic evaluation, our children's dentist in 91762 takes into consideration your child’s baby teeth. Here are some things to remember about your child’s teeth.
Is My Child on Track?
Sometimes we see parents in our office who are concerned that their child’s baby teeth have not fallen out. Each child’s mouth is going to be different. Typically, between the ages of 6 and 8, your child will lose their first teeth. This usually continues through ages 10 to 13 when the last of their baby teeth come out. Many kids experience a break between ages 8 and 10, so don’t be alarmed if your child hasn’t lost any teeth for a while.
What This Means for Orthodontic Treatment
We start any examination with a basic inventory of your child’s teeth. We look at how many they have lost and what teeth still must come in. Your child might lose teeth at a slower pace, and this usually is not cause for any concern. However, as kids reach age 12 and beyond we might consider removing baby teeth when planning orthodontic treatment. If your child is getting their second molars and has yet to lose some of their baby teeth, we likely will consider removal.
Why They Need to be Removed
Crowding is an issue when a permanent tooth begins to grow next to a baby tooth. We usually recommend removal in this instance, but it is important to note that this does not solve the issue of crowding. Usually expansion is a solution for crowding.
In our office, we use x-rays and scans to track your child’s mouth. These are a valuable resource in helping figure out the best time to have teeth removed. We can see what is coming in and decide to remove a baby tooth if it will cause complications to the new permanent tooth.
Why They Shouldn’t be Removed
Sometimes, the best course of action is to wait it out. Your child’s baby teeth have an important function in holding the required space needed for permanent teeth to come in. With missing teeth, our doctor will decide if the space between needs to be closed. Keeping teeth in place is also good for keeping your gums healthy.
Our doctor will decide if removal is needed based on your child’s teeth. Your child should be receiving regular examinations. Their fast-changing mouths need to be looked at frequently to ensure their teeth will grow properly in the future.
For more questions about orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our children's dental office in Ontario, CA.
When you are focused on a child with a fever, cough, or vomiting, it can be easy to question getting them out of the sickbed to brush their teeth. However, keeping mouths clean and teeth healthy can be even more important during illness. Here are some useful tips shared by our children's dentist in 91762 for protecting your child’s oral health when they’re sick.
Brush and floss
Brushing and flossing helps prevent build-up of harmful germs and bacteria in your child’s mouth. This helps keep their immune system focused on fighting the cold or flu virus. If your child’s illness includes vomiting, their teeth are exposed to acids that can weaken teeth. Help them rinse thoroughly and brush their teeth to avoid damage.
When your child is sick, they need plenty of water to stay hydrated, soothe a sore throat, and keep sinuses moist. In addition, dry mouth can occur during illness and increase risk of tooth decay. Drinking water helps combat dry mouth and congestion.
Watch out for sugars
Cough drops and cough syrups can contain high amounts of sugar to improve the medicine flavor. However, this can leave sugary residue on the teeth. Look for sugar-free options when possible and rinse well after any medicine with sugar.
Disinfect dental appliances
If your child has a dental appliance, such as a retainer, athletic mouth guard, or night guard, be sure it is cleaned thoroughly between uses. Contact our office for information on the type of cleanser that is appropriate for your child’s device.
When your child is well again, replace their toothbrush. Even a clean toothbrush may retain some bacteria or germs following use. To help protect your child from reinfection, discard the used toothbrush in favor of a new one.
For more tips on keeping teeth healthy through an illness, contact our kids dental office in Ontario, CA.
A child’s first tooth growing in can be a bittersweet moment for parents. It can be frustrating when babies become irritable. It can also be exciting because this marks another stage in a child’s life. Our children's dentist in 91762 says that understanding the stages of oral development can help you promote optimal oral health for your child.
Birth to 3 Years Old
The primary (baby) teeth that will appear in the first 3 years of your child’s life aid in development. Primary teeth are key for chewing, speaking, and appearance. They also hold space in the jaws for upcoming adult teeth. Even though they fall out, baby teeth are extremely important.
3 to 6 Years Old
By the time your child is 3 years old, they will most likely have all 20 primary teeth. Your child should be brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing daily.
6 to 12 Years Old
Between the ages of 6 to 12 years old, your child will gradually lose all of their primary teeth and their first permanent (adult) teeth will move into place. Permanent teeth affect the position and health of the other adult teeth that will grow in later.
12 to 17 Years Old
After 12 years old, your child will likely have most of their adult teeth. Oral health becomes critical because these are their teeth for life. Avoid excessive sugar which can lead to tooth decay, wear mouth guards while playing sports, and visit us if your child appears to have crooked teeth.
17 to 21 Years Old
The last teeth to appear are wisdom teeth. Often times, we recommend that these teeth be removed to prevent overcrowding which can lead to many oral health problems. This tends to occur between the ages of 17 to 30.
Teeth are constantly changing throughout childhood. How you take care of your child’s teeth now, can impact their oral health and oral hygiene in the future.
Call us to schedule your child’s first appointment at our children's dental office in Ontario, CA today.
One of the best ways to calm fussy babies is by giving them a pacifier. However, as babies grow this can be a difficult habit to break. The use of pacifiers can cause improper mouth development which leads to abnormal tooth growth and additional complications later in life. Here’s what our children's dentist in 91762 needs you to know about the impact pacifiers have on your baby’s smile.
Negative Effects of Pacifiers
Physical development is crucial for children’s overall health in the first few years of their life. What you do now can affect them for their entire life. Pacifiers can influence the shape and alignment of your child’s teeth and jaw. It can move the front teeth forward and you may notice your child developing crooked teeth or bite problems. The front teeth may also not meet when their mouth is closed and there can be changes in the shape of the roof of their mouth.
Positive Effects of Pacifiers
While they may contribute to oral health complications, pacifiers do offer several benefits for parents and children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) babies up to one year of age who are offered a pacifier at night have a reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
What You Should Do
Since pacifiers can be beneficial for other health reasons, you should speak with us about how to wean your baby off of pacifiers. We also recommend that you visit our office for a dental examination as soon as your child’s first tooth develops.
Breaking the habit of pacifier use can be difficult, but there are various ways you can wean your child off a pacifier. By following our tips and recommendations, your child can experience the calming effect of pacifiers without developing pacifier teeth.
Call and schedule your child’s next appointment with our team at our children's dental office in Ontario, CA today.
We see athletes, boxers, MMA fighters, and football players using mouthguards regularly. Mouthguards are one of the most popular items used in sports today. In addition to providing extra protection for the mouth and jaw area, they are also comfortable, lightweight, and inexpensive. They can easily be purchased at any sporting goods store or dentist's office and applied by the athlete or trainer. However, how do mouth guards protect your child's teeth from major damage? Let's look at some common causes of tooth damage and what type of guard would be best for each situation.
The main reason sports injuries occur is simple - athletes are prone to get hurt. It's in their nature. Tight competition and over-exertion cause muscles to tense, and injuries are inevitable. Children commonly experience sports injuries during intense play such as football, wrestling, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, basketball, softball, rugby, hockey, etc. All of these sports have their own unique characteristics that can cause injuries.
The type of athletic activity your child is engaged in should determine the type of mouthguard required. Mouthguards can be made from various materials, but most are constructed from acrylic, styrene, polycarbonate, or acrylic and titanium. Depending on the level of injury and damage, a children's dentist may recommend a different material. There are certain protective measures your child should follow after an injury, however.
First, make sure your child has been given cleanings and has had any sediment from last eating or drinking cleaned out of their gums. Second, chewing and smoking can loosen teeth. This can also lead to serious dental issues such as tooth decay and cracks. A guard will help prevent further damage by protecting the teeth.
How mouth guards protect your child's teeth from sports injuries depends on the type of sport. For example, football players experience breaks in their teeth as they tackle or maneuver ball carriers. Hockey players experience cuts and scrapes to their mouths when they hit the ice. Skate blades can cause severe damage to your child's teeth if they are used without following proper safety procedures.
How mouth guards protect your child's teeth from sports injuries is important for two reasons. First, it helps alleviate the pain caused by the injury. Secondly, it also helps support the healing process of the tooth. An athletic mouth guard will prevent your child from losing additional tooth enamel, necessary for maintaining healthy gums. Further, it helps to provide structure to the jaw to strengthen the teeth.
Sports accidents don't only occur on the playing surface. Bruises, scrapes, and other minor injuries can occur in other parts of the body. In children, scrapes and bruises are typically caused by falls, trip hazards, or sports injuries. Proper mouth guards can help prevent the facial area and mouth structure from trauma as well.
How mouth guards protect your child's teeth from major damage is a matter of determining their level of risk. If a child has a history of trauma, orthodontic work should be a possibility. These services will improve the appearance of the smile, but they will also help heal the deep gash, fractures, and other issues. If you are unsure about whether or not your child needs such services, talk to a dentist. If you are comfortable with the thought of allowing a professional to handle such a complicated procedure for you, contact the American Academy of Orthodontists for a list of qualified professionals.
If you are still unsure, have your child's teeth, and mouth checked out by an orthodontist. They can suggest a guard that best suits your child's needs. A professional can also help you choose a mouth guard that is right for your child. Many children with this condition are given a temporary guard when they first start wearing the device. Once the initial need for the guard is satisfied, more durable models are available.
Once your child is wearing the correct guard, they must follow proper maintenance instructions to ensure the device is properly cared for. To guard against dryness, your child should never wear a guard that has been dampened. Instead, the mouth should be washed thoroughly after brushing and flossing. Regular cleaning helps prevent bacteria from thriving in the mouth and the sensitive areas around the guard. Proper care of your child's mouth guards will help to ensure how mouth guards protect your child's teeth from major damage.
The guards can be placed over the entire lower and upper denture. Depending on the type of guard and the size of your child's teeth, it may be necessary to use brackets or screws. Correctly adhering to the proper care instructions and the manufacturer's warranty will help ensure your child always has comfortable and healthy mouth support. These devices can be worn every morning and night as your child sleeps. When properly cared for, how mouth guards protect your child's teeth from major damage will help ensure your child has healthy teeth for many years.