February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 20, 2018

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?  Irvine Orthodontics & Children’s Dental Specialists care about caring for and maintaining healthy teeth from a young age.

Here are 10 Quick Tips on Caring for your Tots Teeth as provided from the  American Dental Association to help guide parents of young children through the beginning years of caring for those baby teeth!

  1. When Teeth Erupt

Your baby is born with 20 teeth below the gums, and they usually start coming through between 6 months and a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by 3 years old. Learn more about what teeth are coming through and when.

  1. Teething Signs and Symptoms

Teething can be a rite of passage for babies and parents alike. As their teeth come in, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not caused by teething. If your baby has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.

  1. When to Start Brushing with Toothpaste

Decay can happen as soon as teeth first appear. If you see some pearly whites peeking out when your little one smiles, it’s time to pick up a tube of fluoride toothpaste. Find one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

  1. How Much Toothpaste to Use

It doesn’t take much to clean your child’s teeth. Until you’re confident that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush. If your child is 3 or younger, use a smear of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). For children 3 or older, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste will do. Learn more about establishing healthy habits early.

  1. When to Schedule Your Baby’s First Dental Visit

It’s another milestone in a year of exciting firsts. Your child’s first dental visit should take place after their first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, they can get cavities. Learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for your child’s first dental visit.

  1. When to Start Cleaning Between Teeth

It doesn’t matter if you clean between your child’s teeth before or after they brush as long as you clean between any teeth that touch. You can use child-friendly plastic flossing tools to more easily clean between your child’s teeth until your child learns to do it.

  1. You Can Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth (but other teeth may also be affected). Frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar can cause tooth decay. This can happen when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

  1. Keep Their Mouths Clean

The next time your child’s pacifier goes flying, don’t pick it up and put it in your mouth because you think that makes it cleaner. Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed through saliva, so you could actually be introducing germs to your child instead of protecting him or her from them. The same goes for mealtime. It can be second nature to offer a bite of your food to your baby from your fork or use their spoon to make sure their food is ready to eat. Keep your utensils, and your germs, separate for healthy mouth and body.

  1. Water Works!

When your child has worked up a thirst, water is the best beverage to offer—especially if it has fluoride! Drinking water with fluoride (also known as “nature’s cavity fighter”) has been shown to reduce cavities by 25%. While sweetened drinks like fruit juice (even those labeled 100% natural), soda and sports drinks can cause cavities, water with fluoride protects teeth. Sugary drinks also contribute to weight gain, and water is calorie-free.

  1. There’s One More Way to Keep Cavities at Bay

Brushing and flossing go a long way to protecting your teeth against cavities, but sealants form an extra barrier between cavity-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth. School-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.

Share the Love with our Special Valentine’s Day Event!

February 7, 2018

Did you know that there are around 1 Billion Valentine’s Day cards exchanged across the world each year, making it the second largest card sending time of the year after Christmas?

The earliest card dates back to the 15th Century when The Duke of Orleans sent a Valentine’s Card to his wife while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London.

Alfred Tennyson wrote, “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.”

Albert Camus stated, “I know of only one duty, and that is to love.”

Irvine Orthodontics invites you to Share the Love with our Special Event starting today ~ Come in and Craft/Design/Create your very own special Valentine Card for a friend, family member or loved one to show them how much you care about them <3

We provide all the materials you need and we’ll mail them out for you for free!

Be sure to join us for this FUN office event going on now through Valentine’s Day!!

InBrace Technology Means Invisible Braces!

January 22, 2018


What?! Is that really a thing?

Yes it is & this treatment technique is available in office at Irvine Orthodontics now.

Dr. Abousheta is getting all the updates on InBrace.

Let’s break down the most frequently asked questions about InBrace!

* Is InBrace easy to get used to? Yes it takes few days but because of the innovative low profile it doesn’t take much to get used to.

* What are my appointments like? First appointment is the longest to get all the appliances on and then it is 15 minute appointments every 6 weeks after until the wire needs to be changed which is a 30 minute appointment.

* Are they uncomfortable? InBrace uses very light continuous forces that decrease discomfort and increase efficiency of tooth movement making your treatment as short, efficient and comfortable as possible.

We are one of the pioneers to use this technology and have patients in progress with treatment now!

Get your complimentary consultation with Dr. Tarek Abousheta or Dr. Bahar Ghafouri on this truly invisible option in our office today by calling (949) 786-7800 or submitting an online appointment request.

Happy week everyone!

Do You Know The History Of Orthodontics?!

January 16, 2018

Happy Tuesday from Irvine Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry!

Did you know… many many years before our modern braces and innovative invisalign there was a history of Ortho treatment trials to lead us up to where we are today!

This week at Irvine Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry we are sharing some fun history and orthodontic did you know fun facts.

See how many of these you knew before we listed them off…


  • 4 million Americans are currently wearing braces.
  • All orthodontists are trained dentists, but only 5% of dentists are also orthodontists.
  • You can thank NASA for modern braces. They developed the alloy that is currently used to make braces.  
  • Braces are nearly 300 years old, but orthodontic devices can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt.
  • Nearly 80% of Americans have had a cavity by age 17.
  • Modern archwires are activated by your body heat. They are also reactivated after having a cold drink.
  • Are you right handed? You probably chew your food on the right side of your mouth! Same goes for lefties.
  • Ever wonder when The ideal time to begin treatment is? The best time to begin orthodontic treatment is at age 7, but most people don’t visit the orthodontist until late adolescence. There is no wrong time to visit!
  • Retainers are just as important as braces. Teeth can shift and move so take care of them post treatment too.
  • Our teeth shift forward throughout our lives, meaning that as we get older the front of our mouth looks more crowded.

Do you have a question about orthodontics or treatment? Maybe a fun fact to add to the list?

Email or call us!

Hope to see you in office soon!

Smile bright 🙂