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Does My Child Need Sealants? Nov 13th, 2022

Like adults, children need a good oral hygiene routine to protect their teeth and gums from common oral health problems, such as cavities. But, young children often struggle to reach their back teeth and hold the toothbrush at the correct angle to adequately brush the chewing surfaces. This can increase...

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for My Child? Oct 12th, 2022

Whether they have dental anxiety or struggle to sit still long enough to undergo even a routine dental procedure, getting a child to the dentist can be a challenge for many parents. Sedation dentistry can help minimize any pain, discomfort, or anxiety during dental treatment. Nitrous oxide — also known...

What Should I Do if I Have a Severe Toothache? Sep 1st, 2022

There are several things that can cause a toothache. One of the most common causes of a toothache is an infection caused by tooth decay. But, other things can also cause pain, such as trauma from a sports injury, an accident, or teeth grinding. The cause of a toothache may...

3 Things You Can Do to Support Your Child’s Oral Health Aug 1st, 2022

Your child’s oral health journey begins the moment their first tooth erupts. Baby teeth may be temporary, but they require the same care and attention as permanent teeth. Until children are old enough to adequately brush and floss their teeth on their own, there are several steps parents can take...

Signs It’s Time for Braces Jul 12th, 2022

Orthodontic problems, such as overbite and crowding, are usually visible as early as age 6 or 7 in most children. While there’s no “right” or standard age to get braces, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get an orthodontic checkup by or before age 7. In general, orthodontic problems...

What Happens When Your Child Doesn’t Floss Jun 1st, 2022

Even young children need to practice good oral hygiene to protect their teeth and gums from oral health problems. Baby teeth — also called primary teeth — may be temporary, but they’re still vulnerable to cavities and oral health problems that can affect the development of their permanent teeth. Instilling...

Yes, Your Teen Really Does Need a Dental Check Up May 1st, 2022

Many people put off going to the dentist until something goes wrong, like a toothache, a sports accident, or a common oral health problem like gingivitis. Teens are no exception. With busy school schedules, extracurricular activities, jobs, and busy social lives, your teen may be especially reluctant to go to...

Knocked-Out Tooth? Take These Steps Immediately Apr 1st, 2022

Having a tooth knocked out can be scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the tooth is lost for good. In some cases, it may be possible to save the tooth and have it reattached. At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, our dentists, Dr. Nathalie Phaeton and Dr. Ki Youn Kil,...

My Child’s Teeth Are Yellow Mar 2nd, 2022

Just like adults, children’s teeth are vulnerable to yellow stains and discoloration. In fact, children are often more vulnerable to yellow teeth and oral health problems like cavities since they’re still learning to brush and floss properly and they may consume sugary snacks and drinks. Instilling good oral hygiene habits...

Is Your Child Brushing and Flossing Correctly? Feb 2nd, 2022

Brushing and flossing regularly is as important for children as it is for adults. While dentists recommend that children begin flossing as soon as their teeth are close enough together to touch, which usually happens between the ages of two and six for most children, the average child doesn’t master...

Compassionate and Comprehensive Dental Care for Your Special Needs Child Jan 6th, 2022

Children with special needs often require focused and individualized dental care. From sensory issues to anxiety and physical disabilities, even a routine exam and dental cleaning can be challenging for children with special needs.  To make matters worse, children with special needs can also be more susceptible to oral health...

The Benefits of White Composite Fillings Dec 9th, 2021

White composite fillings are a discreet and cosmetically friendly option for treating cavities anywhere in your child’s mouth. In addition to looking good, they have several additional benefits to consider. At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, our dentists Dr. Nathalie Phaeton and Dr. Ki Youn Kil and our team...

Does My Baby Need to See a Dentist when Teething? Nov 10th, 2021

Every baby is different, and some will start teething earlier or later than others. (Fun fact: some babies are actually born with teeth!) While the average age for teething is around six months, some babies begin teething a few months earlier, or as late as their first birthday. Taking your...

Dental Care for Your Special Needs Child Oct 10th, 2021

Getting your special needs child to the dentist for routine care or a dental emergency may require more effort and planning, especially if your child also has dental anxiety. At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, our dentists Dr. Nathalie Phaeton, Dr. Ki Youn Kil, and our pediatric dentistry team...

Help! My Child Has a Dental Emergency Sep 6th, 2021

From participating in sports and physical activities to eating hard foods like candy that can damage their teeth, children are especially vulnerable to accidents and dental emergencies. There are a number of situations that qualify as a dental emergency, ranging from a broken or knocked-out tooth to severe tooth decay....

Tips for Helping Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety Aug 11th, 2021

While most people don’t necessarily enjoy going to the dentist, even a simple appointment for a checkup and cleaning can feel traumatic for people with dental anxiety, especially when they’re children. If your child suffers from dental anxiety, there are a few things you can do to help them manage...

What to Expect at Your Child's First Dental Visit Jul 4th, 2021

Your child’s first dental visit is an important and exciting milestone. In addition to monitoring your child’s oral health and development, regular pediatric dental care sets your kids up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. It also helps your child form a good relationship with their dentist, which...

Do Babies Need a Dentist? Jun 2nd, 2021

Every child develops at their own pace, so your baby’s first teeth may erupt earlier or later than other children their age, or even their siblings. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), even babies need to see a dentist. Parents are advised to schedule the baby's first...

Common Oral Health Issues in Children May 14th, 2021

Tooth decay is the most common oral health issue in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and young children are especially vulnerable due to factors like diet and they’re still learning how to properly brush and floss their teeth. The good news is...

What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride? Apr 5th, 2021

Tooth decay is still a major problem for today’s children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 13% of children between the ages of five and nine have at least one untreated cavity. Treating your children’s cavities before they get too large can save you money...

How to Help Your Child Take Good Care of Their Teeth at Home Mar 1st, 2021

Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental care are as important for children as they are for adults. Your child’s oral health journey begins even before their first tooth erupts, and taking care of primary (baby) teeth is just as important as with permanent teeth. In fact, the sooner your...

Are Sealants Safe? Feb 8th, 2021

Unfortunately, cavities are still one of the most common oral health problems for both children and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 45% of children between the ages of 2-19 have one or more cavities (treated or untreated). Younger children are especially vulnerable...

Start the New Year with a Dental Check Up Jan 6th, 2021

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend semi-annual dental checkups and cleanings for most adults and children. Dental checkups are one of the best ways to protect yourself and your children from common oral health problems like cavities and gum disease.  For...

It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth Dec 1st, 2020

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids and teenagers. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adult orthodontic treatment is at an all-time high. With more discreet options like Invisalign®, and less social stigma about adults wearing braces and orthodontic appliances (remember when Tom Cruise got braces?), it’s never too...

4 Signs of Tooth Decay Nov 1st, 2020

Tooth decay is the most common oral health problem among American children and teenagers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay is four times more common than asthma in teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17. Despite the fact that tooth decay and cavities...

Relax with Sedation Dentistry Oct 1st, 2020

Fear of the dentist is a common problem. In mild-to-moderate cases, it can make even routine procedures like a dental exam and teeth cleaning incredibly stressful and uncomfortable for your child. In extreme cases, dental fears and anxiety can make it difficult to even get your child into the dentist’s...

Sleep Apnea (sleep disturbed breathing) in Children Sep 3rd, 2020

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that disturbs the breathing process while the person is asleep. According to statistics, as many as 4% of children between the ages of two and eight suffer from some form of sleep apnea. Although it affects adults as well as children, the symptoms of...

Benefits of Teeth Sealants Aug 6th, 2020

Children are especially vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. From sugary snacks and drinks to poor brushing technique, most children can use a little extra help with oral hygiene and cavity prevention. In addition to eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene, dental sealants can help to protect...

Easing Your Child’s Dental Anxiety Jul 8th, 2020

Dental anxiety is a common problem for both children and adults. According to recent studies, as many as a third of Americans put off going to the dentist or avoid treatment entirely due to dental anxiety or fear. Ironically, avoiding the dentist and skipping preventive treatment often leads to the...

Baby Dental Care: What You Need to Know Jun 17th, 2020

Baby teeth may be temporary, but they play an important role in your child’s long-term oral health and dental development. That said, there are special considerations and precautions you will need to take, and a few things to keep in mind when caring for your baby’s teeth and gums. At...

4 Ways to Make Tooth Brushing Fun for Your Kids May 29th, 2020

If getting your kids to brush their teeth feels like a chore, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 80% of US children start brushing their teeth much later than recommended,...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Apr 1st, 2020

A professional teeth whitening treatment can work wonders for your smile. Studies have shown that a brighter smile can improve confidence, self-esteem, and even improve social interactions, which can be especially important for children and teenagers. However, teeth whitening treatments are not a magic wand, and it takes some effort...

What Every Parent Should Know about Pediatric Dental Care Mar 19th, 2020

 Like adults, children need to practice good oral hygiene and get comprehensive dental care on a regular basis in order to prevent common problems like tooth decay, as well as to prevent oral health problems in the future. At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, our dentists and pediatric dental...

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? Feb 25th, 2020

Unlike medical emergencies, which usually consist of a serious or potentially life-threatening illness or injury, sometimes it’s hard to tell if a problem with your teeth is a true emergency. However, anything from a toothache to a knocked-out tooth may require emergency dental treatment. Seemingly minor symptoms like a throbbing...

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dentist/Orthodontist Visit Jan 13th, 2020

Your child’s first dental visit can set the stage for a life-long commitment to positive dental care. Your child may have seen a dentist as a baby, which we recommend, but the first visit where they’ll be aware of what’s happening and definitely remember is one to approach with added...