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Santa Monica Dentistry for Children
Drs. Jessie Schwarz & Ellen Stone, DMD
Looking for a skilled and gentle pediatric dentist in Santa Monica who can guide your child or teen down a path of optimal oral health? Dr. Jessie Schwarz and Dr. Ellen Stone specialize in child-focused dental care, and we understand what it takes to create a positive environment that makes visiting the dentist fun!
We believe a healthy smile starts with a great beginning. Your child's first visit to our office is important, and we want to make every visit a rewarding experience. While we recognize some children are nervous about visiting the dentist, we have created a kid-friendly office environment that will make your child's appointments enjoyable and stress-free.
Using the latest technology, our compassionate Santa Monica pediatric dentists offer comprehensive dental services for kids including X-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments, fillings, cleanings and regular exams to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles. You can learn more about all of your child's treatment options from our services page.
Santa Monica Dentistry for Children believes in a team approach to preventive care, and we encourage parents to take an active role in their child's dental health care. Because we are parents too, we understand that you may have concerns about your child's oral health needs. Our Santa Monica pediatric dentists are dedicated to working with parents to provide education based on prevention-focused dental care.
We want to thank you for choosing Santa Monica Dentistry for Children for your family's dental needs and welcome you to our practice. We are located at 2825 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica CA, 90404. Together, we are confident that we can help your child achieve healthy oral hygiene habits and a beautiful smile into adulthood. Please call or contact our Santa Monica office if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
As pediatric dentists, we are constantly facing the age-old question, “When do I need to take the pacifier away from my child?”
Pacifier Help Is On The Way.....
Since the pacifier can sometimes mean the difference between parental sanity and utter chaos, our response to the question is met with dread. Of course, the answer is not always simple. One child can use a pacifier day and night until 4 years old without any notable changes in the bite, teeth, or jaw structure. Another child may just use it to fall asleep and may have significant changes to the mouth.
So, we thought we would mention some general guidelines to help during this challenging time:
- Generally speaking, the more you suck, the more changes to the bite will occur. So, do your best to keep pacifiers sequestered in the crib.
- Don’t clip the pacifier to your child’s shirt. This makes it too tempting and easy to use. (imagine: you are trying to diet and you are walking around with a pie in your purse)
- Using pacifiers that have a stuffed animal hanging off the back end is not recommended. While cute, it adds weight to the pacifier, encouraging more vigorous sucking to keep it in place. The more passive the suck, the less changes will be noted in the bite.
- The brand or kind of pacifier does not make a real difference. What matters is frequency, duration, and intensity of sucking.
At your child’s dental visit, the doctors will discuss the pacifier use in greater detail and can tailor a plan to meet your child’s needs.
Dr. Schwarz on Santa Monica's own Brock On Your Block. She discusses how The Santa Monica Breakfast club raises donations to help provide dental care.
The ADA has just put out a bulletin stating that sugar-free gum may contribute to oral health.
Gum chewing, especially right after meals, has long been known to help remove food particles, and well as stimulate saliva production- both of which help reduce decay risk. A recent study has also found that the gum trapped "up to 100 million bacteria per piece," which is about the same amount of bacteria removed from a good flossing." Of course gum chewing is not a substitute for flossing, but these results were still notable!
There are many sugar-free gums out there, and many now are labeled with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Our office highly recommends choosing a sugar-free gum whose main sweetener is xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol derived from birch trees and other plants. This sweetener is naturally anti-cavity and helps reduce the acid production that normally occurs after eating carbohydrate-rich foods. One of the brands we promote is SPRY, which makes non-GMO xylitol products, ranging from gums to toothpastes.
Please feel free to call us if you have any additional questions regarding the use of sugar-free gum in your oral hygiene regimen.
And happy chewing!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
- Here's a cute little word search for the kids.
Dr. Schwarz's vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting & Oreos on top celebrating Dr. Stone's crossing of the 2014 LA Marathon's finish line. (Of course we brushed & flossed afterwards.)
The kids brought in some candy! Check it out in this past weekend's Santa Monica Daily Press. (Thanks, parents!) http://smdp_backissues.s3.
Santa Monica Dentistry for Children is proud to announce the launch of our
______2013 Halloween Candy Buy-Back Extravaganza!______
For every pound of candy your child brings us between 11/1-11/8, we will offer them a crisp dollar bill. We will then be sending your sweet treats to our troops overseas. Partially-chewed candy will not be accepted!:)