Teething

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Sore Gums/Teething Between the ages of 2 ½ and 4 years, babies begin to teething.  Your baby may experience pain due to his/her sore and tender gums.  To alleviate the pain, you can gently rub your child’s gums with a clean finger, wet gauze,

Fluoride and Dental Care

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist About Fluoride The dental community has highly regarded the use of fluoride for decades as being an important mineral for strengthening teeth enamel because fluoride mineralized the enamel of the teeth.  This strengthening of the teeth prevents the deterioration of tooth structures and decay.

Semi Annual Check-ups

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Semi Annual Check-ups I recommend that you bring your baby to see me by his/her first birthday (usually the first tooth will erupt by age 1).  Prevention and early checkups is the key for protecting your baby’s smile now and in the future. It

Flossing

Flossing Flossing is a way of removing debris and bacteria that your toothbrush cannot reach.  Floss is a thin cord or string made out of synthetic material that is inserted in between two adjoining teeth.  This thin cord is moved up and down in between the teeth to remove food particles and bacteria. Floss removes

Cavities: Causes and Prevention

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist What Are Cavities? The food you eat meets bacteria and germs in your mouth.  These two things can lead to plaque buildup.  I may have talked to you about plaque. Plaque is bacteria or sticky film.  Plaque, also known as bacteria, enjoys starches and

Dental Eruption

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Permanent Teeth Around the age of 6, the first permanent molars (which are not preceded by primary teeth), begin to erupt.  Special care should be given to the structure and position of the first set of molars because it has a significant impact on

What Happens at the First Dental Visit

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Your Child`s First Dental Visit I recommend that you bring your child to visit me around his/her first year of age.  In fact you can even bring your child as soon as his/her first tooth has erupted. The first visit is usually an icebreaker

Why Brush My Teeth?

Brushing is the best way to get rid of the germs and bacteria, and an invisible sticky material called plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the bad stuff off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity-causing acids. Here are some tips