Did you know that children who miss their regularly scheduled child’s dental appointments could suffer both health and academic consequences? According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, “Children with poorer oral health status were more likely to experience dental pain, miss school, and perform poorly in school.”¹ As a parent, we know your number one priority is to ensure the health and well-being of your child. You can ensure your child’s dental health is in tip-top shape by seeing your dentist before the school year starts!
At your child’s dental appointment, our team will ensure that your child’s smile is free of decay and provide the necessary preventative care to keep them healthy until their next visit. Depending on the age of your child and how frequent they visit ental hygienists will then perform a hygiene exam to check the gums and tongue for any signs of trouble. Then Dr. Jorgenson will perform his comprehensive exam to check for any abnormalities, decay, or possible future issues to monitor.
If the exams and x-rays show no signs of disease, decay, or other dental health issues, we will perform a teeth cleaning, polish the teeth, and apply fluoride to protect the tooth enamel (as needed). Before the end of the child’s dental appointment, one of our hygienists will review tips for maintaining a happy, healthy smile! This includes proper brushing and flossing technique and review of foods and drinks that are good or bad for teeth. Children can practice using a toothbrush on an oversized mouth model for education and for fun!
During your child’s dental comprehensive exam, there may be conditions discovered that require treatment. Depending on the condition, the necessary treatment can be performed immediately in our Costa Mesa dental office or just something Dr. Jorgenson wants to keep an eye on. Any possible issues will be discussed in full, allowing time for discussion of all treatment options, and any questions you or your child might have. Some common conditions include:
We know that most children (and most adults) don’t love going to the dentist. Our professional and knowledgeable dental team understand this and are also parents. We have tools and techniques to help ensure your child is comfortable and relaxed throughout their child’s dental appointment. If your child has a more severe dental anxiety, please call to ask about conscious oral sedation. Remember the more familiar your child is with Dr. Jorgenson, our hygienists, our assistants, and our office staff, the more comfortable he or she will be on subsequent visits.
Our office is in-network with almost all PPO Dental Insurances and offers our own Be Smile Smart dental plan for patients with no dental insurance. Most dental insurance plans cover exams, x-rays, and cleanings at 100% meaning no out-of-pocket costs to you!
For more information on your child’s dental appointment or proper dental care for children, please contact us at (714) 424-9099 or visit us online at www.mycostamesadentist.com. We offer early morning, late evening, and Saturday dental appointments to accommodate your family’s busy schedule!
Tooth Pain can be a PAIN, but there is a reason why our bodies try to notify us that something is wrong. Tooth pain can be an indication of infection, irritation, injury, or decay. It can be lingering, persistent, sharp, dull, off and on, but just altogether awful!
When you experience tooth pain, it is best to get a professional opinion to ensure that you address dental issues immediately. Waiting for tooth pain to go away on its own will undoubtedly lead to a more complex, and sometimes more costly, treatment later.
To explain tooth pain, you should first know more about how a tooth is structured.
The tooth is composed of layers. The outermost layer, the enamel, is the hardest layer and the first defense in protecting the inner pulp or root from decay and infection.
A variety of factors including poor oral hygiene habits, lack of regular dental exams, diet, genetics, etc., all play a role in slowly eroding the protective enamel later. As the enamel erodes, the softer, more sensitive layers inside the tooth become exposed. Some patients experience pain with little to no enamel erosion and others don’t feel anything until the decay or infection has reached all the way down to the pulp or root.
This is why regular dental visits are so important. Your dentist can inform you about decay or infection before it reaches the point of severe pain, or worse, more invasive, costly dental procedures that are required to try to save your tooth. The worst outcome, of course, is loss of the tooth completely.
Do you experience an occasional zing throughout the day? Sensitivity to hot and cold? Or constant dull, achy pain? These are all signs you are suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can be very unpleasant and also be a sign of a more serious dental condition. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, Orange County Dentist Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson can help!
Tooth sensitivity can come in many forms and from many causes. You can simply be sipping in air, taking a bit of your lunch, or trying to concentrate at work and you notice that something doesn’t feel right. Tooth sensitivity, also called dentin hypersensitivity, can occur when the outer layers of the tooth, the enamel and cementum, become thin and expose the dentin layer underneath. When dentin is exposed, the tooth root and nerve are closer to the surface and more likely to become irritated.