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Anaheim Office Phone: (714) 998-1222
Buena Park Office Phone: (714) 484-9050

Anaheim Office Phone:
(714) 998-1222
Buena Park Office Phone:
(714) 484-9050

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ToothWhy Go To The Dentist?

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen at 12 months of age. This first appointment will introduce you and your child to the office and we will provide additional information on diet, oral hygiene and allow us to answer any questions you may have.

When you arrive for your child’s first visit, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your child’s dental treatment. We will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with our office. It may be more convenient for you to download the New Patient Forms from this website and bring them with you to the appointment. It is also important for you to bring your insurance information with you so we can properly submit your claim for you.

The initial appointment will last approximately one hour. Oral hygiene instructions will be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your child’s teeth. In most cases, a cleaning, fluoride treatment and possibly X-rays will be provided, along with an evaluation that will outline any existing dental problems and proposed treatment.


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For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.

Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth. Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a staff member know at your next appointment.


ToothTooth Brushing

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Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste, unless the child is under the age of 3. If a child is younger than age 3, parents should clean their child’s teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. After age 3, parents should supervise brushing. Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and make sure children do not swallow excess toothpaste.

When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of all of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

Brush your teeth two to three times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. Do not swallow any toothpaste; rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to carefully floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene.


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