Santa Monica, CA Pediatric Dentistry
Santa Monica Dentistry for Children
2825 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 301
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 453-0123

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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their child’s health and wellbeing. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire website, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

In general, I would discourage thumb sucking or pacifiers after the age of 4 because they may lead to overcrowded and crooked teeth, as well as bite problems. In some cases, the upper front teeth may tip toward the lip or not come in properly if thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking continues after the age of 4.

From six months to age 3, your child may have sore gums when her teeth erupt. Many parents use a clean teething ring, a cool spoon, or a cold wet washcloth. You also can rub the baby's gums with a clean finger.

A mouth appliance may be effective on children if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive.