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Pedodontist in Carson

Carson Pediatric Dental Hygiene

Here at Children’s Dental Group, some of the most common issues that our pedodontist in Carson sees in our pediatric patients are the formation of cavities. Since our patients are so young, many of the cavities we see are present in primary, or baby, teeth. Many parents are under the impression that since baby teeth are inevitably going to fall out, there is no need to repair any decay that forms in them. In some cases, this is true—but in most cases, treatment is necessary.

Carson Pediatric Dental Checkups

Carson Pediatric Dental Checkups

It is important to remember that baby teeth come in for a reason. They are there to save the space for your child’s adult teeth to come in. If a baby tooth is removed, the teeth can then begin to crowd together improperly and create a need for a space maintainer or other more complicated treatments. Therefore, in many cases, it makes the most sense to put a filling into the decayed baby tooth in order to keep it in tact until it falls out.

If the tooth is severely decayed over a long period of time, our pedodontist in Carson may recommend that the tooth be pulled. If having the tooth pulled does not seem to pose a risk for future crowding or other issues, then our pedodontist may recommend an extraction as well. Each treatment recommendation relies heavily on the individual patients and the specific situation at hand. To avoid this situation in the first place, helping your child get a good grasp on oral hygiene at home can make a big difference in preventing cavities. Showing your child how to brush and floss effectively at home will give them the tools they need to prevent cavities and encourage the best oral health for life. In addition, monitoring your child’s eating habits can also help in preventing cavities. Keeping your child on a regular meal and snack schedule rather than allowing them to “graze” on food all day reduces the development of cavities and keeps their teeth healthier. Our pedodontist in Carson can give you more suggestions during your next visit to Children’s Dental Group.

To learn more about basic dental health topics and the related services provided by our pedodontist in Carson, we encourage you to visit the main Children’s Dental Group website to browse through some additional information. If you have any questions or concerns that we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you and your child soon.

Kid’s Dental Care Carson
20700 Avalon Blvd # 600
Carson, CA 90746
310-241-6175

Pediatric Dentist West Carson

Pedodontist in Carson CA

At Children’s Dental Group, our West Carson pediatric dentist is often asked, “If baby teeth fall out after a couple of years, why is it important to care for them?” Although primary teeth (baby teeth) are only in your mouth for a short period of time, they do play a critical role. Baby teeth actually reserve space for permanent teeth, in addition to giving the face a more natural appearance. Baby teeth also help in the development of your child’s clear speech. Healthy primary teeth also encourage proper nutrition since decayed or missing teeth make it more difficult to chew, prompting children to refuse certain foods. Decay and infection in baby teeth may also cause dark spots on permanent teeth that are developing underneath them.

Pediatric Dental Checkups Carson

Pediatric Dental Checkups Carson

According to the charts used by our West Carson pediatric dentist, the first teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6 months of age. Usually, the first teeth to erupt are the two bottom front teeth, the central incisors. After that, the top four front teeth will emerge and next, usually in pairs, other teeth will slowly begin to fill in – one each side of the upper or lower jaw, until all 20 teeth have come in. By the time your child is 2 ½ to 3 years old, they will have 10 teeth in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw. The full set of primary teeth will be present in your child’s mouth from the age of 2 ½ to 3 years of age to 6 to 7 years of age.

Our West Carson pediatric dentist will explain that a basic rule is that for every 6 months of life, approximately 4 teeth will erupt. Girls are usually ahead of boys when it comes to tooth eruption but by the time your child is 2 to 3, all primary teeth should have erupted. Baby teeth are smaller in size and whiter in color than permanent teeth and lower teeth normally erupt before the upper teeth. Shortly after the age of 4, the jaw and facial bones of your child begin to grow, creating spaces between the primary teeth. This is a completely natural growth process that provides the needed space for their larger permanent teeth to emerge. Between the ages of 6 and 12, a mixture of both primary and permanent teeth are present in the mouth.

Pediatric Dentistry in Carson
20700 Avalon Blvd # 600
Carson, CA 90746
310-241-6175