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A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has studied this specialty area of dentistry for two or three years after graduating as a family dentist and treats children from babies to adolescents. At Sunshine Family Dentistry we offer pediatric dentistry of the highest caliber and assure you that as a kid’s dentist in Bakersfield, CA, every member of our staff is professionally trained to take the best possible care of your children in a friendly and stress free environment.

One of the greatest problems with maintaining children’s good oral hygiene is their diet. It is a known fact that consuming foods which have a high sugar content will cause dental caries (or decay). It is just as well known that kids absolutely love sweet treats. There is a solution to the problem, though. You should limit the amounts of sugary foods your children eat and also only allow them to eat such sweet foods at certain times, so that afterwards they can then brush their teeth properly to remove all traces of the sugar. As a kids’ dentist in Bakersfield, we have seen some really bad cases of tooth decay and we are ready to help all parents explain the dangers to their children.

Another way to battle the bad diet problem is to feed your children healthy food from a very early age, in order to get them to accept and enjoy foods which will not cause any damage to their teeth and will enhance their health in general. Nutritionally balanced meals and snacks should be provided, such as fish and meat, raw fruits and vegetables, cereals, grains, nuts, breads and crackers, dairy products (a major source of calcium which is beneficial for teeth and bones) and eggs. It is to be noted that even though some of the foods listed are nutritious and healthy, there are some which contain natural sugars, such as carbohydrates, fruit and milk products, which may still pose some risk of dental caries. Not only will a balanced diet as described reduce their craving for sweet foods, but it will go a long way towards the healthy development of their teeth and gums.

Finally, fluoride is a must for the strong and healthy development of your children’s teeth. If you are not sure you have fluoridated water, consult a dentist at Sunshine Family Dentistry Kids and Pediatric dentist in Bakersfield to evaluate how much extra fluoride your child needs.