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South Gate Kid’s Dentist

South Gate Pediatric Dental Cleanings

Your child’s dental hygiene is one of the essential keys to maintaining strong and healthy primary teeth that will fall out on schedule to make room for permanent adult teeth. At Children’s Dental Group, we form a partnership among our staff, you, and your child to foster the best strategy possible to ensure your child’s optimal dental well being. That means a combination of good practices at home and regular visits to see our South Gate kid’s dentist.

Kid's Dental Checkups South Gate

Kid’s Dental Checkups South Gate

It all starts with your child’s diet. Yes, children love sugar (as do adults), but it is important to limit sugary snacks and drinks to the extent that you feel comfortable. This doesn’t mean eliminating sugar, but just being more sparing with it. An overall nutritious diet with some sugar as a special treat is one that will be most beneficial to your child’s teeth and gums. In addition, regular brushing and flossing are vital to remove sugar and other food particles- and of course, plaque- from the surface of the teeth, between them, and at the gum line. Plaque can harden into tartar, a much more stubborn substance that is nearly impossible to remove except professionally by our South Gate kid’s dentist.

But even the best at home regimen can’t guarantee that all food particles and plaque have been removed. The remnants slowly, but efficiently, erode your child’s precious tooth enamel. That is why it is recommended that you bring she or he in at least every six months for a dental exam that includes x-rays and a cleaning. If any tooth decay has taken hold, our South Gate kid’s dentist can address it, remove it, and put a dental filling in to stabilize the tooth and keep it whole. A dental cleaning removes any remaining plaque, tartar, and food particles, all the things that bacteria feed on to cause their damage to your child’s teeth.

With adherence to good practices at home and at our office, you give your child the best chance to ensure that his or her teeth will not be adversely affected by tooth decay, possibly leading to one or more falling out our being extracted before they are supposed to. It also means less chance of toothaches. And our South Gate kid’s dentist doesn’t want your child to have pain any more than you do. We look forward to working with you to see to that.

Kid’s Dental Hygiene South Gate
4444 Tweedy Blvd.
South Gate CA 90280
(323) 643-1099

South Gate Children’s Dentist

Pedodontist in South Gate

One of the most common questions we get from parents is whether or not their child should have baby teeth removed. Most baby teeth, also referred to as primary or “milk” teeth, fall out by themselves. There are situations, however, when having them removed by our South Gate children’s dentist is not only necessary, but helpful. There are some general guidelines to help parents understand when removing baby teeth is appropriate. Although there will always be variations from the norm, there are definitely patterns that most children follow as they lose their primary teeth. At your child’s first examination at Children’s Dental Group, an inventory is taken of how many baby and permanent teeth they have. If they have more than they should for their age, we have a list of possible causes, including crowding, an overall developmental delay, or missing or impacted permanent teeth. X-rays are always taken before our South Gate children’s dentist proceeds.

South Gate Tooth Extraction

South Gate Tooth Extraction

If the loss of baby teeth is slow but in the proper sequence, we don’t usually worry until your child is two years behind. If baby teeth remain too long they can negatively affect the eruption path of the underlying permanent teeth. For instance, if a lower baby tooth is still in place at age 10 or 11, when it’s normally lost at 9, it isn’t too worrisome, but should be removed by age 12. However, if there are still baby teeth remaining once the permanent second molars erupt, those baby teeth need to go. Besides falling behind schedule, there are other orthodontic reasons for removing baby teeth. A clear one is when a permanent tooth starts to come in next to a baby one that isn’t loose. Removing the baby teeth in these situations are necessary but it, unfortunately, does not correct the crowding that created the problem.

There are times when our South Gate children’s dentist must remove baby teeth due to infection or trauma. In these cases, it’s important that the space be maintained until the underlying permanent teeth are in their proper place. If a “space maintainer” is not placed immediately and the adjacent teeth shift, the eruption of your child’s corresponding permanent teeth may be affected, or even prevented. Every child is special and unique and the decision whether or not to have baby teeth removed is one that you and our South Gate children’s dentist will have to make together.

Pediatric Dental X-Rays South Gate
4444 Tweedy Blvd.
South Gate CA 90280
(323) 643-1099