Poor Oral Health Linked to Bad Grades

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Poor oral health, cavities and tooth pain can put children at a serious disadvantage in school, resulting in lower grades, U.S. researchers say. Roseann Mulligan of the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, and colleagues examined nearly 1,500 socioeconomically disadvantaged elementary and high school children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to parents, caregivers, consumers, and dental care professionals about reports of serious injuries and potential hazards associated with the use of all models of the Spinbrush, San Diego Pediatric Dentist offers free replacement option.

Comfort at the Dentist

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Will It Hurt to Go to the Dentist? I can assure you that most of your child’s visits to my office will be pleasant. In fact, children who visit my office often have a pleasant experience.  The key is helping your child maintain strong

Pacifiers/Thumb and Finger Sucking

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Pacifiers and Thumb and Finger Sucking After the age of four, I recommend that you wean your child off of pacifiers, and thumb sucking.  If not, your child could develop grave problems such as bite problems, and crooked and overcrowded teeth. Teething occurs in

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

Brushing

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Brushing The most effective method for removing harmful plaque is to brush your teeth.  The key is brushing your teeth in a timely manner to prevent the formation of cavity-causing bacteria.  These bacteria are found in the food we eat.  Removing food debris off

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

Your Rights as a Patient

You have a right to see the dentist every time you receive dental treatment. You have a right to ask about treatment alternatives and be told, in language you can understand, the advantages and disadvantages of each. You have a right to know the education and training of your dentist and the dental team. You