My Kid Has a Cavity; Now What?

Dental Fillings Can Treat CavitiiesAs a parent, it can be frustrating and sometimes frightening to learn that your child has a dental issue like a cavity. Your first reaction may be to worry what restorative treatment will entail, followed quickly by questions about how his or her smile will be affected cosmetically. You may also be wondering what can be done to prevent future cavities. Pediatric dentists offer ways to address cavities that can improve your child’s comfort while chewing, and his or her confidence. Plus, the dentist can help teach you and your child how to prevent dental decay in the future. (more…)

What Makes Pediatric Dentists Special?

Why Select a Pediatric Dentist?Do you sometimes wonder if you should simply take your children to a general dentist, who can also care for you and your spouse’s smiles? The idea might at first seem like an easy and harmless way to streamline your oral care. After all, how much difference can it really make? There are actually several compelling reasons to take your kids to a dentist who specializes in pediatric dentistry!

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Are Your Kids Really Caring for Their Smiles? Part Two

Are Your Kids Caring for Their Smiles?As a parent, you care a great deal about your kids’ health, and that certainly extends to their smiles. That’s why you struggle to get green vegetables off their plates and into their bodies, and why you consistently make sure they’re brushing their teeth. But do you sometimes worry that you should be doing more, to make sure their teeth and gums stay healthy? Oral health can affect a person’s overall wellbeing as well as his or her smile, since the gums and nerves carry blood from the mouth throughout the body. To keep your kids’ smiles and bodies healthy, it’s important to combine great dental hygiene with preventive dentistry and a proper diet. That way they can smile happily and healthily as they grow. (more…)

Are Your Kids Really Caring for Their Smiles? Part One

Are Your Kids Really Caring for Their Teeth?Every parent knows the basic tricks to monitoring their kids’ dental hygiene, like checking to make sure the toothbrushes are wet, before trusting that their kids actually brushed their teeth when they said they did. Still many parents wonder what else they could do to ensure their kids’ smiles are getting the oral care they need. If you are one of those concerned parents, your pediatric dentist has a number of tips for making sure the smiles you love stay healthy for many years to come.

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A Root Canal Doesn’t Have to Be Scary for You or Your Kid

There Is No Need to Fear a Root CanalFor many people, “root canal” has long been a term that strikes fear in their hearts, often without them even understanding why. In actuality, the term root canal is simply a reference to a part of the tooth, not a dental procedure, much less a frightening one. Yet many patients still feel fear when told they need root canal treatment, and many parents are particularly nervous when they learn their children might need it. Fortunately, your pediatric dentist may offer a less invasive version of a traditional root canal treatment, particularly for young patients. It’s called a pulpotomy. (more…)

Simple, Kid-Friendly Tips for Great Oral Health

Ways to Care for Kids' SmilesAre you worried about your kids’ dental health? Have they been prone to cavities in the past, or have you seen plaque buildup forming on the front of their teeth, lately? If so, there are great preventive steps that can be taken to care for those precious smiles, including many you have likely already taught your kids. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are all essential parts of oral care. But did you know there are also other simple steps that can be taken to keep their smiles healthy? (more…)

Does Your Child Need Restorative Dentistry? Part Two

Could Your Child Need Restorative Dentistry?Are you concerned that your child may be struggling with a dental issue, like a cavity or even an infection? It can sometimes be hard for parents to determine if their children are suffering from dental issues, because many kids are not great at communicating when there is a change to their teeth or gums. Fortunately, there are some common warning signs you can watch for, as a parent, to determine if your kids’ smiles are staying healthy. Just remember, if you do suspect there is a dental problem, it is best to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist, who can help restore your kid’s smile in the case of an issue. (more…)

Does Your Child Need Restorative Dentistry? Part One

Does Your Child Need ReStorative Dentistry?Has your son recently begun complaining about tooth pain? Does your daughter whine, while brushing her teeth, that it hurts to do so? Did you notice your son threw away most of his last ice cream cone, even though the flavor is his favorite? Have you seen your daughter holding the side of her mouth, as if in pain? If so, your child might very well need restorative dentistry. In fact, these are just a few of the potential warning signs that it is time for a child to see a restorative dentist. While it can often be difficult for a parent to know whether his or her child’s smile is healthy or not, it is possible to watch for warning signs. That way prompt treatment can be performed, if there is a burgeoning dental issue. (more…)

Be Your Child’s Healthy-Smile Role Model

be your child's healthy smile role modelIf asked how to ensure your child’s good oral health for years to come, most parents would answer that teaching children to care for their teeth properly is the most effective method. These parents would be correct, yet if that was their only solution, then they would be neglecting an important part of their child’s development.

Good oral health, like most of the life lessons that we teach our children, is best taught by example. So, today, we explore how to care for your child’s teeth, and observe how a parent’s example can influence a child’s oral health well beyond their earliest years. (more…)

Is Fluoride Good for Children’s Teeth?

is fluoride good for children's teethAs a parent, you want to do all that you can to ensure your children’s good health, and as part of that concern, you take extra care when teaching them to brush and floss their teeth every day. Establishing a good dental hygiene routine can help prepare your children for a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles, and the inclusion of fluoride can facilitate the growth of strong, dependable tooth enamel. As part of a complete hygiene and preventive dental routine, fluoride has proven itself useful at protecting children’s teeth from tooth decay and cavity development. (more…)