Trapped Debris

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Trapped Debris/Objects Between Teeth Sometimes, particles and debris will get stuck in between your child’s teeth.  I recommend that you floss your child’s teeth with care, making sure not to cut the gums.  If there is trapped debris that will not come off with

Cavities and Tooth Decay

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Cavities and Tooth Decay The term “caries” is the more commonly know disease called tooth decay.  The disease caries is the result of the destruction of the enamel, dentin, or cementum of the tooth due to the long-term exposure to noxious bacteria. Many diseases

Plaque

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentis What is Plaque? Plaque is bacteria or sticky film.  Plaque, also known as bacteria, enjoys starches and sugars found in foods your child eats everyday such as: cereal, bread, candy, and cookies. Plaque eats the sugars found in these kinds of foods and produces

Diet and Oral Health

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist What to Eat for Healthy Teeth The first step of the digestive system is your mouth.  Here, 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.

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

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