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Teeth Trauma
Teeth Trauma in Children
We all know that kids like to test gravity and sometimes suffer the consequences (ex, Tongue Laceration, Eyelid Laceration, and Concussions). One of the most common consequences of testing gravity (or general poor coordination) is dental trauma.  This is true for adults and older children...
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kid brush his teeth
Sweeping away the “sugar bugs.” Playing “beat the timer.” Making funny faces. These are just some of the silly but effective ways my husband and I got our two daughters excited about taking care of their teeth. Our hard work has paid off: now, the...
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What Are the Causes of Yellow Teeth in Children?
Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, are typically whiter than adult permanent teeth because they are more calcified. Baby teeth can become discolored for many reasons, including: 1. Their Permanent Teeth Are Starting to Erupt If your child is old enough to start getting permanent...
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Keep Kids Teeth Healthy
BEING A PARENT can be incredibly hectic. It can be hard to keep track of all the things growing kids need, which is why we’re giving our patients a list of five simple tips for staying on top of their children’s dental health — and their...
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What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist‘s office? You’re not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not...
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tooth pain in children
Toothache in Children
Toothaches are a common problem for children. A toothache is usually a sign of a larger problem, like tooth decay, and can get worse quickly if not treated properly. If your child has a toothache, they should see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent...
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Braces Removed Early
Can I Request to Get Braces off Early? When you look at your teeth, it’s obvious that there are problems that brushing and flossing aren’t going to fix. Your issues don’t have to do with oral hygiene or the health of your teeth. Orthodontic concerns...
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Teaching kids about dental hygiene
7 Tips for Teaching Kids about Dental Hygiene
The earlier you begin teaching kids about dental hygiene, the earlier they will create habits to maintain good oral health. These habits will help them maintain a healthy smile by avoiding cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis. To help you in this process, we have compiled our top...
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early childhood dental decay
Preventing early childhood dental decay
Early childhood dental decay is a severe form of tooth decay that affects the teeth of infants and young children. It is found usually on the upper front teeth but other teeth may also be affected. Tooth decay happens when germs in the mouth create a sticky...
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natal teeth
What Is Natal Teeth?
Teething is a normal part of a baby’s development during the first year of life. Most babies get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age. The first teeth that poke through the gums are the central incisors, which are located on the...
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Fluoride is commonly found in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and dental gels. But what exactly is fluoride, why do dentists rave about it, and as a parent, should you have any concerns about fluoride? Myth 1: fluoride is not natural Fluoride is a mineral that is present...
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Oral Thrush: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments
If you notice a strange white rash inside your mouth, you may have a condition called thrush. It’s an infection caused by the candida fungus, which is yeast. You can get it in your mouth and other parts of the body. It can cause diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women. Anyone can get...
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gum health for children and teens
Gum Health for Children and Teens
Do you think gum disease is something that only happens to people your grandparents’ age? Think again! Teens can get gum disease too, and it can cause problems from the simply embarrassing (like bad breath) to the serious — like pain and tooth loss (which...
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Dental Health and Orthodontic Problems
Dental Health Twin studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the average U.S. adolescent of the 1970s had six or seven cavities; his 1990s counterpart, just three. Today’s teenagers are twice as likely to return from the dentist and report,...
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What’s Different About Special Needs Dentistry?
Children and adults with special health care needs (SHCN) need oral treatment like everyone else, but they benefit the most from seeing a dentist who specifically caters to these patients. Special needs dentistry is a branch of dentistry for which doctors have undergone additional training,...
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Can a Child Lose a Baby Tooth too Soon?
Baby teeth aren’t permanent, but did you know that it’s possible to lose a baby tooth too soon? Here’s everything parents need to know about losing a baby tooth too soon. IT’S TOO SOON WHEN… If your child loses a tooth before the age of 4,...
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6 easy foods for healthy teeth & gums
National Smile Month (14 May to 14 June) is fast approaching, and in anticipation of celebrating our patients’ happy, healthy smiles, this week’s blog post puts the focus on foods for healthy teeth and gums – because eating for a healthy smile will positively impact...
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5 Tips to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Flu Season
It’s that time of year when everyone starts coughing and sniffling, and you’re paranoid that your child is going to get sick. If they do, you’re understandably more worried about their fever going down that you care about making sure their teeth stay in good...
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Help Your Child Overcome Fear of the Dentist
As a family dentist, we enjoy treating young children. We believe that by helping children to develop good oral health while they are young, we can foster good habits that will remain in place as they age. Still, we understand that the idea of visiting...
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How To Unlock The Secret Of Good Dental Health? Sticking To Basics Is The Key
Many parents can become anxious about their child’s dental health, feeling overwhelmed by busy schedules and a world full of sugary treats The truth is, keeping your children cavity-free can be easier than you think. The key to good oral health for your kids is...
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