Thanks for visiting Children’s Dental Group, where we make it a point to meet all of our young patient’s needs and help them feel safe and comfortable at our Sunnyvale kids dental offices. Our pediatric dentist treats kid’s tooth decay with the safest and easiest methods. We make sure our offices stay warm and welcoming, so that kids aren’t afraid to come to the dentist. We even have a movie theater and video games in the office so your child will look forward to their visit, learning that dentist’s aren’t scary while being educated on the importance of keeping their teeth clean and healthy. We make patient care our number one priority and keep our objective to providing dental care with the best value for all of our patients.
Bacteria causes tooth decay in kids when too much sugar is consumed. Bacteria feed off the sugar and put out acids that then dissolve the tooth’s enamel, causing infection and tooth decay. Giving babies a bottle of milk, juice or formula can cause them to get tooth decay because of the sugars in the liquids having contact with the teeth for long periods of time. Our Sunnyvale kids dental office recommends putting your child to bed with a bottle of plain water instead. Once your child has stopped sucking on the bottle, take it away from them and try not to let them use it frequently as a pacifier. Children should be taught to drink from a cup at about six months old, with bottle use becoming less frequent by 12 months and non-existent by 14 months.
Our Sunnyvale kids dental office also recommends using fluoride to help prevent tooth decay in children. Fluoride helps to make their teeth strong and prevents decay in the case that there is not enough fluoride in the water. We may recommend using fluoride supplements, which come in the form of drops or pills for kids six months of age or older. It’s a good idea to call your local water company to see if the water you use is fluoridated. If it is not, we can prescribe the drops or pills, and the child can use them until they are 12 to 16 years old.