02/17/2014
By: Mike H.
Sullivan, John K DDS
While at the World AG Expo I had a dental problem which caused me a lot of discomfort. Even though I was not a regular patient, Dr. Sullivan squeezed me into his schedule and resolved the problem quickly. I would recommend Dr. Sullivan to anyone looking for a dentist in the Tulare area.
02/19/2017
By: Marlene P.
David J Smith DDS Inc
I have had 2 implants with Dr. Smith. He was very caring and concerned about my problem and did an outstanding job of preparing me for my implant procedure. I highly recommend him for any dental problem.
Tips & Advices
The most common dental problems in children are:
  • Cavities
  • Bad breath
  • Gum disease
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Grinding
  • Canker sores
  • Missing teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Bite and alignment issues
Thumb sucking is not specifically a dental problem, but it can cause a malocclusion, a condition where the top and bottom teeth don't line up correctly.
To clean a baby's teeth, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed specifically for infants. Apply a tiny amount of non-fluoride toothpaste - about the size of a grain of rice - and gently brush all sides of the teeth and the tongue. Before the baby's first teeth emerge, use gauze or a wet washcloth wrapped around the finger to wipe the gums. This motion doesn't necessarily reduce bacteria, but it does help the infant to get used to the sensation of having his or her teeth cleaned.
Children should visit their pediatric dentist every six months. This recommended frequency does not change throughout a person's lifetime.
No, wisdom teeth do not need to be removed unless they cause pain, lead to dental issues, or are aligned incorrectly.
Yes, dental sealants prevent cavities by filling in deep grooves in the teeth. Without them, bacteria can collect in these areas and cause tooth decay, which can happen with children.

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