Can Thumbsucking or Pacifier Use Cause Dental Problems?

Sucking on the thumb, fingers, a pacifier, or another object is a normal response for children. Up to a certain age, usually between 2 and 6 years old, it is perfectly healthy and safe for them to engage in this behavior. However, our extensively trained pediatric dentists and orthodontist explain that if children continue aggressively sucking after the permanent front teeth begin to erupt, this can cause a number of dental problems. If a child simply holds a thumb or fingers in the mouth without sucking, or only very gently sucks, this may not be a serious concern. Aggressive or […]

What Are Some Steps to Prevent Childhood Cavities?

Young children can develop cavities (dental caries) in their primary teeth, so it’s very important to take steps to reduce the chances of this happening. During your regular appointments, Dr. William Chan and Dr. Denise Goodman, our extensively trained pediatric dentists, can recommend a number of tips to help keep young mouths clean, healthy, and happy Baby bottle tooth decay is a common concern, and this can happen when you let your little one go to sleep with a bottle. Milk has sugars in it that can eat away at the tooth’s structure. Only give your children water before bed, […]

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Parents are often reasonably concerned about their children developing cavities (dental caries). Our pediatric dentists want to emphasize the importance of keeping the mouth clean and avoiding preventable dental issues. In many cases, using proper oral hygiene as directed can help to reduce the risk of cavities and other conditions that can lead to more serious problems. To help parents and kids better understand how brushing, flossing, and regular checkups play an essential role in oral and whole health, we want to explain how tooth decay happens. Cavities form as a result of tooth decay, which is caused by certain […]

When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing in your child by their first birthday. The benefits of early dental care are broad and far-reaching, and they go beyond learning to be comfortable with the doctor—although that’s important too. The first dental visit allows our experienced pediatric dentists, Dr. William Chan and Dr. Denise Goodman, to evaluate the health of your child’s mouth. We will examine the oral structures and see if there are any signs that problems may arise in the future. During this consultation, we will also discuss proper oral care with new parents. This is also an […]

Welcome to Our New Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Website

Welcome to our practice blog. William Chan and Associates is committed to providing your family with exceptional dental and orthodontic care. Our blog is designed to be an entertaining and informative resource on the latest pediatric dental and orthodontic treatments available. Here we will share office news, events, and special offers, and we will also provide tips to help keep your child’s smile looking and feeling its best. Our experienced dental professionals, Dr. William Chan, Dr. Denise Goodman, and Dr. Ben Chan, utilize a patient-focused approach that puts your young one’s safety and comfort foremost. If you have questions about […]