As parents, one of our most important jobs is to help protect our children. Preventing dental issues before they start falls into that responsibility. Because so many dental issues are avoidable, understanding bad habits your children may have with their mouths can help you get ahead of problems before your dentist spots them at a [...]
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Breastfeeding encourages good oral development in babies. Nursing isn't for everyone, but according to MouthHealthy.org, mothers who choose to nurse can provide their children with benefits for both their teeth and their developing bodies. When babies are breastfed, they are: 72% less likely to have "baby bottle tooth rot," a dangerous disorder associated with sleeping [...]
Dental sealants are protective barriers that our pediatric dentists place on cavity-prone tooth surfaces. The deep and narrow grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of molars are excellent hiding places for small bacteria and the sugars these bacteria like to consume. While sealants are extremely effective, it’s important to note that dental sealants aren’t [...]
Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your teen, spouse, or someone special? A beautiful smile may be exactly what they want. With braces or clear treatments like Invisalign, you can really give them a gift they’ll smile about. Smiles Last Forever A smile is the first thing people notice when they meet [...]
Now that cold and flu season is here, did you know these common viruses and similar illnesses could affect your child’s oral health? Here are just a few examples: Bad Breath Runny noses, post-nasal drips, and decongestant medications can change the natural oral flora in your child’s mouth and throat. This can lead to smelly [...]
Having healthy teeth impacts your Thanksgiving holidays more than you probably realized. Here are just a few of the great gifts we get to enjoy when we have a healthy smile: Smiling Around Your Family A healthy smile can give you self-confidence and the freedom to laugh or smile whenever you want. Whether you're smiling [...]
Is it possible to enjoy Halloween without wreaking havoc on your fangs (oops, we mean smile)? Absolutely! These tooth-friendly trick-or-treating goodies are just fine for your children to enjoy. Sugar Free Gum Sugar free gum may contain xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that fights cavities and protects teeth by strengthening our enamel. The friction [...]
Fruit is loaded with lots of natural sugars. But it also contains plenty of important healthy nutrients too. But will the sugars in fruit cancel out all of the good things in it? Here’s what you need to know. Why We Need Fruits for Healthy Smiles Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with fiber and [...]
If your child is reaching the age of seven or is already older than that, now is the time for an orthodontic screening. The good news is that our pediatric dentists are very good at recognizing developmental abnormalities and they will send you over to meet our board certified orthodontists at the correct moment in [...]
Now that the kids have started back to school, families are figuring out how to best navigate their new morning and evening routines. Class projects, meal times that work around after-school practices, wake up times required to get out the door in the morning, and bed times that don’t rush oral care. Here’s the bare [...]