How Can Sugar Affect Teeth?

Consuming sugary foods can lead to cavities in children due to increased plaque buildup on teeth. Neglecting proper oral hygiene exacerbates the problem. Regular brushing and flossing help remove plaque, preventing its solidification into tartar. If cavities occur, treatments such as fillings or pulpotomy may be required. Flossing is crucial to remove plaque between teeth and along the gum line.

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A cavity is a small hole that forms in your tooth as a result of tooth decay. Cavities can form in several different places on a tooth. However, the most common places are on the biting surfaces and between the teeth.

Cavities in kids are caused by two main reasons. One is the lack of proper hygiene. When children don’t brush and floss their teeth regularly, plaque and tartar can build up, leading to cavities. The other reason is eating too many sugary foods. When kids eat too much candy, they increase the amount of plaque that builds up on their teeth.

How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

When teeth are frequently exposed to sugary, sticky foods, plaque -- a biofilm that builds up on the teeth -- forms. If plaque is not removed with regular brushing and flossing, it builds up and solidifies into a substance called tartar. This hard substance cannot be removed with a toothbrush, so the only way to get rid of it is to have a dentist remove it with special dental tools. Once tartar builds up on the teeth, it can only be removed by a pediatric dentist.

The more often they eat, and the longer they let the food linger in your mouth, the more opportunity they give bacteria to damage your teeth. Plus, the acids produced by bacteria erode tooth enamel, making their teeth more sensitive to decay.

If our dentist finds a cavity, there are several options. The dentist can perform a filling, which is generally done using tooth-colored composite resin.

Another option is to do a pulpotomy or pulpectomy. This treatment involves removing the diseased portion of the pulp. The dentist will then place medication inside the tooth to help it heal. The tooth will then need to be covered with a crown to protect it.

How Can You Prevent Cavities From Your Child's Teeth?

The best way to prevent cavities is by brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. However, flossing is especially important because plaque is a sticky substance that can be difficult to remove. While flossing, be sure to clean between their teeth and along the gum line.

To learn more about Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry, Palo Alto, or to schedule an appointment to meet our dentists and team, call us at (650) 322-9837.

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Welcome to Little Bytes!

Pediatric Dentistry in Palo Alto for Happy, Healthy Teeth

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Welcome to Little Bytes!

Pediatric Dentistry in Palo Alto for Happy, Healthy Teeth

Welcome to Little Bytes!

Meet the Doctors

At Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry, we set your child up with the tools they need to have a healthy byte for life. This mission begins with a fun, positive learning experience at the dentist. Dr. Michelle and Dr. Grover are glad you're here!

Dr. Michelle HaghpanahDr. Michelle Haghpanah

Dr. Michelle

Dr. Michelle Haghpanah is a board-certified Palo Alto pediatric dentist native to the Bay Area. She founded Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry in 2015. Dr. Michelle loves spending time with her family at the Magical Bridge and Mitchell Park Library! Dr. Michelle's love for children and focus on prevention led to her eventual career as a kids' dentist.

With her effective combination of care and attention to detail, Dr. Michelle enjoys helping others learn about dentistry, and has served as an associate professor at the University of the Pacific.

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Dr. Reena GroverDr. Reena Grover

Dr. Grover

Dr. Reena Grover is a board-certified pediatric dentist in Palo Alto with a passion for improving children’s lives through dentistry. She joined Little Bytes in 2019. Dr. Grover lives with her husband and three children in Los Altos. Dr. Grover enjoys dancing and swimming — when she's not helping make beautiful smiles!

After finishing dental school at the University of the Pacific, Dr. Grover continued her training. She attended the University of Southern California and Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach to complete her education and become a kids’ dentist.

Creating a Great Experience for Children and Parents

Your experience begins by talking with our welcoming staff. At our caring office, we want you and your child to have fun during your visit! Being comfortable here is important, so we'll take the time to explain things and answer any questions you might have.

Your dentist will provide detailed feedback to your child, encouraging them with what they are doing right and teaching what they have yet to learn. We strive to build and maintain a strong doctor-patient connection.

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We Keep Up with Technology for Your Little One’s Comfort

Intraoral cameras fit inside the smallest mouth and allow us to see every surface of the tooth. This technology enables the dentist to gain a better view to make a more accurate diagnosis.

Modern X-ray methods create images that our dentists can view immediately. These digital X-rays produce less radiation than traditional methods.

Protecting our patients is important to us, so we use an air filtration system to combat air particles and enhance safety. We use top-of-the-line sterilization protocols to ensure we use hygienic, clean instruments at every appointment.

Quality Dental Care from Experienced Professionals

Your child has a unique smile that deserves the best from modern dentistry. Our dental office features trusted clinicians who want the best for your kids and who will continue developing their skills to deliver quality care.

Dr. Michelle and Dr. Grover are highly qualified. They are board-certified pediatric dentists who have completed extensive training and gained valuable experience through residency and volunteer outreach programs. Whether they’re working locally or internationally, Dr. Michelle and Dr. Grover are committed to treating and educating patients.

Both doctors have privileges at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and Kaiser Santa Clara.

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Why Us?

Our entire team is here to make sure that you and your child feel at ease each time you visit our Palo Alto pediatric dental practice. We provide a wide range of pediatric dental procedures, including dental sealants to prevent cavities, infant oral health and more. We are experienced in caring for those with special needs as well. Caring for your child is serious business! That’s why we treat each child as if they were our own. It’s easy to make an appointment - just give us a call!

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Location & Hours

Little Bytes

Tuesday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Se Habla Español

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