Pediatric Dental Services
Studies show that more than 40% of children suffer from dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. Hurtt Family Health Clinic aims to lower this number by delivering affordable dental assistance for low income families in Orange County.
When left untreated, dental problems can lead to other complications such as anemia, emergency surgery, and malnourishment. It could also impact a child’s self-esteem and social development skills.
Hurtt Family Health Clinic offers pediatric dental solutions that can help with early detection and prevention of any dental problem. Our clinics act as safety nets to those who have little to no access to affordable pediatric dental solutions. We welcome and encourage patients from all income levels to get access to the care that their children need and deserve. To make it convenient for our patients, we have three medical clinics in Orange County, located in Tustin, Santa Ana, and Anaheim.
Pediatric dental services we offer:
- Dental examinations
- Root canals
In addition to these services, our pediatric dentist in Orange County will also educate you and your kids on good oral hygiene to make sure your child’s oral health stays in great condition from birth to adolescence.
Common Pediatric Dental Problems
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth begins to create acid that can cause cavities. If not treated immediately, tooth decaycan lead to pain, tooth loss, bad breath, or infection. Foodsrich in carbohydrates such as cookies, soft drinks, and candies are common causes of this dental problem.
While thumbsucking is a common comforting aspect of childhood, it can also damage a child’s oral health. If your child is still thumb sucking while his or her permanent teeth are starting to grow, it is best to eliminate the habit. Thumb sucking can lead to tooth decay and early tooth loss.
Halitosis or Bad Breath
Halitosis is caused by poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, and gum diseases. In some conditions, it can be a sign of other health concerns such as diabetes or digestive problems. Regardless of the cause, it’s always best to teach your kids to form good dental habits.
Bruxism or Grinding
Grinding is common in children’s developmental stage. They may grind their teeth because the top and bottom teeth are not properly aligned or in response to teething or pain. Left undetected or untreated, bruxism can lead to fracturing or loss of teeth. If your child has bruxism, it is best to consult your pediatric dentist. Your dentist can fit your child with a mouth guard to protect their teeth from grinding as they sleep.
Gum Disease or Gingivitis
Gum tissues can become infected due to poor oral health or plaque accumulation. This health problem can lead to bone damage and tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen gums or teeth bleeding during flossing and brushing.
The good news is that these dental problems are highly preventable. Visit our pediatric dentist in Orange County to get a comprehensive dental examination. The results of the exam will help us formulate a treatment plan to improve your child’s oral health.