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6 Reasons Why Early Detection of Dental Issues in Children Matters

September 29, 2023

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A child smiling with good oral health

It can be easy to slip into a false sense of security regarding your child’s teeth. After all, they will just grow new ones once all their baby teeth are gone. However, this is the wrong way to look at the issue and will cause many issues down the road. It’s best to just take them to your dentist.

Continue reading to learn why early detection of your child’s dental issues could mean huge relief for your child and for you.


Is Thumb-Sucking Bad for My Child’s Teeth?

September 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 10:46 pm
Smiling baby

Small children across the world suck on their thumbs to calm their anxieties. This behavior is beneficial as it can be an early step in your child’s learning to regulate their own emotions. While there is nothing wrong with it at earlier ages, after a certain point, it can cause significant dental health issues. Here’s some information from your dentist about what harm thumb-sucking can do if it continues after the toddler stage.


When Should Kids Start Brushing and Flossing? A Parent’s Guide

August 26, 2023

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Child brushing their teeth

Good dental hygiene is a cornerstone of overall health, and it’s essential to start instilling these habits in our children from a young age. When it comes to oral health, prevention is key. In this article, we’ll explore when children should start brushing and flossing, breaking down the journey into three crucial stages: the early years (0-2 years), toddler to preschool age (2-6 years), and school-aged children (6+ years). By understanding the timing and techniques involved at each stage, parents can help set their children on a path to a lifetime of healthy smiles.


Dental Sealants: What They Are, and What They Can Do For You

August 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 9:15 am
patient having a light shined on their tooth

If you’re someone who is conscious of your oral health, you’re probably extremely thorough with your preventive care. You may brush often, floss consistently, use mouthwash, and spend time at the dentist’s office getting regular checkups.

However, there are other aspects of prevention that you may not know quite as much about. For example, dental sealants may provide you with a little bit of extra defense against cavities, but many people don’t fully understand what they have to offer. Here’s what you should know about them.


How to Teach Children to Brush Their Teeth

July 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 10:15 pm
Child laughs and plays

Adults are generally quite aware that they should be brushing their teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. The overwhelming majority of us know this because they were made to do so as children. However, ingraining this necessary habit in children can be a challenging task. Along with regular dentist appointments, good hygiene is key to lasting oral health. Here’s a guide to help you get your kid hooked on proper dental care.


Do Pacifiers Affect the Development of My Child’s Teeth?

July 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 5:27 pm
Baby chewing on teething ring

For many parents, pacifiers can be a lifesaver. In addition to helping babies soothe themselves, they are also a great way to keep your child from reaching for other objects to put in their mouth. However, pacifiers sometimes get a bad reputation because of the risk of dental issues in the future. Is this something you should be concerned about for your child? Here’s what you should know.


Silver Diamine Fluoride: Can It Really Prevent Cavities?

June 23, 2023

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child receiving silver diamine fluoride

When children go to see their pediatric dentist for a checkup and cleaning, the question most commonly posed to parents is if they want their child to receive a fluoride treatment. Known to protect tooth enamel and lower the risk of dental decay, it is a highly effective form of preventive care. But what about silver diamine fluoride? What makes it different and a preferred option for dentists? Does it work to lower the risk of cavities? Read on to hear from a pediatric dentist who can explain.


Are Fillings for Baby Teeth Important?

June 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 3:51 pm
girl with baby teeth smiling at a park

Before your little one came to you, you never realized how something so small could be so powerful. Your baby stole your heart and means the world to you. The fact that they grow so fast encourages you to enjoy every moment you can with your tiny miracle and take care of them.

Unfortunately, as the baby gets older, parents may become more relaxed especially when it comes to caring for their child’s baby teeth. In fact, some parents wonder whether getting a filling on a decayed baby tooth is even worthwhile when it will fall out anyway. In this post, you’ll learn the value of baby teeth and why they are worth saving as long as possible.


When Should a Child Start Receiving Fluoride?

May 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 3:52 pm
child brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste

Are you concerned that your child’s teeth may be at risk for cavities and tooth decay? You’re not alone. Many parents worry that adequate brushing and six-month checkups and cleanings may not be enough to protect their children’s smiles. The truth is that one key element can work to protect their pearly whites as they grow – fluoride. Read on to find out when children should start using fluoride to safeguard their smiles.


A New Study Shows SDF Can Prevent Cavities as Well as Dental Sealants

May 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 4:37 pm
a dentist applying silver diamine fluoride to teeth

Just this year, a new study conducted by New York University and published in JAMA Network Open showed that not only can FDA-approved silver diamine fluoride treat cavities, but it can prevent them from developing just as well! Not only is this preventive treatment non-invasive, but it can help preserve temporary teeth and prevent premature tooth loss that can lead to future development of orthodontic problems. Read on to learn more about the study and how SDF could benefit your child’s oral health.

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