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Ask Drs. Grosleib: When is thumb-sucking cause for concern?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Lots of you have asked our Dr. Michelle Grosleib, Dr. James Grosleib and our dental team at Valley Village Dental about whether it’s healthy for children to suck thumbs (or, less frequently, fingers). If you’ve got a thumb-sucker in the house, you are not alone. Research tells us that between 75% and 95% of infants suck their thumbs.

So, is this anything to worry about?

In most cases, no. Sucking is a natural reflex for an infant, and can provide security and contentment as well as relaxation for your little one. It’s a habit that most children grow out of between the ages of 2 and 4.

However, if your child keeps sucking after he’s gotten his permanent teeth, it’s time for Drs. Grosleib and team to take a closer look. If your child sucks his thumb aggressively, putting pressure on the inside of the mouth or your child’s teeth, it could cause problems with tooth alignment and proper mouth growth. If you’re worried, give us a call at our dental office and Drs. Grosleib will help assess the situation, and provide tips for how to help your child break the habit.

We proudly serve patients from Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Studio City, among other surrounding communities here in Los Angeles.

Ask Dr. Grosleib: When is my child due for a check-up?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

At Valley Village Dental, we think a child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable and positive. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel. Remember, kids are not born with a fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. At our convenient Valley Village office, Drs. James and Michelle Grosleib make a practice of using pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe your child’s first dental visit and treatment. We want you and your little one to feel at ease from the moment you walk through the door.

Typically, children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at 6-12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. Your child’s first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3.

If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry, or about your child’s treatment with Dr. Grosleib, please feel free to give us a call at 818-763-8999. We proudly serve patients from Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Studio City, among other surrounding communities here in Los Angeles.

Baby teeth should be babied, from Valley Village Dental

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

One question Drs. James and Michelle Grosleib hear all the time is, “When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?”

You should begin regular cleanings even before your baby has teeth. After each breast feeding – or bottle-feeding – use a clean, damp washcloth to gently rub your baby’s gum tissue. You can wrap the material around one finger to make it easier to remove any food bits from your baby’s mouth.

When your baby’s first tooth comes in, switch to a baby toothbrush. Look for special baby toothbrushes in your drugstore – they have just a few bristles and are very soft. There are even brushes shaped like finger puppets that fit over the tip of your pointer finger! All you need at this point is water – no toothpaste yet.

After a few more teeth appear, you can start using toothpaste, but you only need a tiny bit, and make sure it doesn’t contain fluoride for the first three years. From the beginning, have your little one practice spitting the toothpaste out after brushing. That way, he or she will already have the good habit of spitting when you switch to fluoride toothpaste, which should never be swallowed.

If you have any questions about caring for your baby’s teeth, please contact Valley Village Dental. We proudly serve Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Studio City, among other surrounding communities here in Los Angeles.

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