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4 Easy-to-Follow Flossing Tips for Children

April 13, 2022

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young girl flossing in bathroom

Parenting is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences. One of your many responsibilities includes teaching children how to clean up after themselves, feed themselves, and maintain good hygiene. As you already know, dental care is a significant part of an effective hygiene routine. However, teaching a kid how to floss is a battle many parents struggle with. Before you give up, here are some easy-to-follow tips to help your little one master the art of flossing!

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Facts You Should Know About Baby Teeth

March 16, 2022

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baby with several teeth

If you’re like most parents, you simply cannot get enough of your baby’s gummy smile. Their toothless grin gets you every time, but you suddenly discover how fleeting this expression is when you enter the teething stage. But what if your little one has yet to start the crying, fussing, and chewing associated with incoming baby teeth? Should you be concerned? Before you begin to panic, here are a few key facts you should know when it comes to your child’s growing smile.

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3 Questions About Dental Sealants to Ask Your Child’s Dentist

March 4, 2022

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boy with dental sealants

Are you unsure if you should allow your child to receive dental sealants? You’re not alone. Many parents are unfamiliar with this term and have many questions when it comes to additional preventive services offered by their pediatric dentist. Fluoride is a much more common and familiar treatment, but dental sealants are often minimally discussed. Before agreeing to move forward, here are three questions you can feel free to ask your child’s pediatric dentist about better protecting their back teeth.

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Why Are Root Canals for Kids Necessary?

February 3, 2022

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young girl visiting the dentist

When your child complains about tooth pain, you might assume they have something lodged between their teeth. Unfortunately, an infection may exist deep within the tooth, and the only way to treat it is with pulp therapy. While many pediatric dentists perform pulpotomies and pulpectomies, you may wonder if root canals for kids are even necessary. In this article, we’ll discuss the reasons for this type of treatment, the different processes, and why taking care of your child’s baby teeth is essential from a young age.

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3 Tips to Helping Your Special Needs Child Adopt Optimal Oral Hygiene Habits

January 18, 2022

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young boy in a wheelchair

Do you have a child with behavioral, physical, mental, or developmental disabilities? If so, you likely understand the challenge that can come with oral hygiene. Oftentimes, brushing and flossing can be a struggle, causing them to experience more cavities and tooth decay over time. But the good news is that it doesn’t always have to be this way! A pediatric dentist who offers special needs dentistry is here to offer three unique tips designed to encourage your child to embrace better oral hygiene habits.

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The Truth About the Ebb and Flow of Tongue Tie Treatment

January 7, 2022

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parents holding their baby boy

When looking back at history, you may be surprised to learn that children during the medieval period were born with lip and tongue tie problems. While the techniques of treating these banded tissues may appear somewhat different today, parents even then wanted their children to have a greater range of motion, especially since breastfeeding was the only real feeding solution. So why does it seem as if frenectomies and tongue ties became obsolete at one point? A pediatric dentist explains the ebb and flow of this treatment and why more parents are now seeking care for their little ones.

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Can My Child With Special Needs Receive Sedation?

November 10, 2021

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young girl with special needs

Finding a practice that offers dentistry for special needs patients is crucial if you’re a parent of a child with behavioral, physical, or mental disabilities. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can be a serious challenge and often feel overwhelming and almost impossible. Fortunately, sedation can be a beneficial component of your child’s regular visits. Read on to discover why a pediatric dentist recommends this type of treatment to ensure a safe and successful appointment.

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Which Halloween Candy is Best to Eat?

September 27, 2021

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bucket of Halloween candy

Halloween is quickly approaching, and your child is likely craving all the sweet treats they’ll receive while trick-or-treating. While the events of this spooky holiday are fun and exciting for both children and adults, the frightening reality is the overabundance of sugar can lead to tooth decay and cavities after Halloween. If you want to keep your little one from developing a painful toothache, learn which candies are best for them to eat and which ones they should stay away from.

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4 Ways to Safely Remove Your Child’s Loose Tooth

September 8, 2021

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child with tooth that fell out

When your child comes to you with a loose tooth, they may or may not be excited. For some kids, this reality can be scary, causing them to fear it might be painful when it falls out. For others, they’re eager to try the latest trick to quickly remove it so the Tooth Fairy will come and leave a special surprise under their pillow. Regardless of which category your child falls into, you want to make sure their tooth comes out in the safest and most comfortable way possible. Here are four safe and effective ways to remove their loose tooth without damaging their smile.

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How Do School Lunches Affect Your Child’s Oral Health?

August 23, 2021

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a school lunch and apple

Think the school lunches you pack for your child are healthy and nutritious? Believe the food being served in the cafeteria is benefiting your little one’s teeth and gums. Unfortunately, many parents don’t realize just how harmful some of the items consumed by their children can be. This is why it is important that you not only be mindful of what you pack in their lunchbox but also talk to your child about healthy foods to eat should they be buying them at school. Read on to learn which nutrients can help or hinder a young smile.

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