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Santa Ana Kid’s Dentist

Pediatric Dental Exams Santa Ana

Our Santa Ana kid’s dentist has shown that kids basically suck their thumbs because it’s calming and comforting. Your preschooler most likely practiced this habit while still in the womb and perfected it as an infant. Now, your child resorts to thumb sucking when tired, scared, sick, bored, or trying to adjust to challenges such as starting daycare or preschool. Thumb sucking may also be used to aid in falling asleep at bedtime, and to be lulled back to sleep if woken up in the middle of the night.

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Kid’s Dental Office Santa Ana

The American Dental Association states that most children can safely suck their thumb until their permanent teeth begin to appear, without damaging the alignment of teeth or jaws. Permanent teeth don’t usually start to erupt until around 6 years of age. Our Santa Ana kid’s dentist also wants you to be aware that not all thumb-sucking is equally damaging. Experts say it’s the intensity of the sucking and the tongue’s thrust that will deform teeth and make braces necessary later on. Kids who merely rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have dental problems than children who suck aggressively. We suggest that you observe your child’s technique, and if they suck vigorously, you may want to begin curbing the habit earlier, perhaps around age 4. If you notice any changes in their mouth or teeth, or if you’re not sure if your child’s thumb-sucking is causing problems, consult our Santa Ana kid’s dentist.

If your child’s thumb becomes red and chapped from sucking, try putting on a moisturizer while they are sleeping. During the night is a better idea because if you apply it when they are awake, it will more than likely, just end up in her mouth. Most children stop thumb-sucking on their own between the ages of 2 and 4, but some continue the habit longer, but peer pressure in school is often quite effective as a deterrent. Children usually give up thumb-sucking when they find other ways to calm and comfort themselves. For instance, if your child tends to suck their thumb when they are hungry, our Santa Ana kid’s dentist explains that they will soon learn to simply open the fridge and look for something to eat, or ask for a snack instead.

Thumb Sucking Dental Care Santa Ana
2144 South Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
714-619-6280

Santa Ana Children’s Dentist

Pediatric Dental Checkups Santa Ana

At Children’s Dental Group, our Santa Ana children’s dentist knows that young children can lose their baby (primary) teeth, and even immature permanent teeth, when the pulp, the living tissue inside a tooth, becomes infected. This is often the result of tooth decay, or trauma, and creates a unique problem for your child. The primary teeth provide significant guides for the newly developing permanent teeth that will replace them. An injury that results in loss of young permanent teeth is even more troublesome, because neither, tooth development or jaw growth, is complete. If your child’s teeth are lost prematurely, a malocclusion, or bad bite, can easily be the result. Tooth replacement methods such as bridgework, partial dentures, and dental implants, cannot easily be used in children since everything is changing and growing at such a rapid pace. Space maintainers, that are custom-made appliances that can be attached to adjacent teeth, or designed as a retainer, are generally the best choice. Yet, as our Santa Ana children’s dentist will explain, these appliances do not restore function, and constant monitoring is required.

Kid's Dental Exams 92704

Kid’s Dental Exams 92704

For both functional and cosmetic reasons, our Santa Ana children’s dentist prefers root canal treatment over tooth loss. In this case, root canal therapy for kids can preserve tooth, jaw, and tongue function. In addition, speech problems can also be prevented, as well as abnormal eruption of a permanent successor tooth, or even the loss of a tooth that has no successor.

Baby teeth are lost naturally due to the pressure of the permanent teeth erupting from below. Several things are different when dealing with primary teeth versus permanent teeth. Their survival is shorter and much more temporary, but while their structure, shapes, and functioning are similar to permanent teeth, they also have differences. Treatment of root canal problems is affected by root resorption, which is the normal process by which the body absorbs the roots of the baby teeth. This will allow for eruption of your child’s succeeding permanent teeth. This complicates the diagnosis and, in turn, the appropriate treatment. Our Santa Ana children’s dentist will discuss all the pros and cons with you, as well as your child’s specific case, so the proper course of action can be taken.

Kid’s Dental Health Santa Ana
2144 South Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
714-619-6280

Pediatric Dentist in Santa Ana

Dental Sedation Santa Ana

Here at Children’s Dental Group, our pediatric dentist in Santa Ana is committed to making every dental experience your child has a comfortable and safe one. One feature at our office that parents and children both find helpful is our sedation dentistry option. Sedation dentistry can be necessary for a number of reasons. Situations that sometimes require sedation dentistry include: if your child is especially anxious about receiving dental treatment, if your child is unable to cooperate due to maturity level, if your child has had a traumatic experience at the dentist before, if your child is in need of major dental treatment, if your child has an especially sensitive gag reflex, if your child is medically compromised, if your child has special needs, and more. Sedation is available in varying degrees, so that just the right amount is used as needed.

Pediatric Sedation Dentist 92704

Pediatric Sedation Dentist 92704

Our pediatric dentist in Santa Ana always puts safety first when it comes to sedation dentistry at Children’s Dental Group. If your child is older, meaning about six years old or above, we may suggest conscious sedation. Conscious sedation is a milder option for patients that are not severely anxious, but are in need of some form of relaxation. Conscious sedation can be brought about using nitrous oxide, or in an oral form. In other cases, IV deep sedation is needed. At our practice, we have dental anesthesiologists on staff who will always provide safe IV deep sedation. Sedation techniques are always discussed thoroughly with the parents before any procedures take place so that we can work together to decide on the proper course of action for your child.

If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry or any of the other services provided by our pediatric dentist in Santa Ana, the main Children’s Dental Group website is an excellent resource for you to consult. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or another related topic, do not hesitate to get in touch with our staff. You can reach us by calling the office directly, or sending us a message online. We look forward to working with you and your family.

Sedation Dentistry Santa Ana
2144 South Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
714-619-6280