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At What Age Should My Child Finish Losing Baby Teeth? May 26th, 2020

The time period that starts when your child loses their first baby tooth is an exciting one. What could be better than the tooth fairy making 20 visits to celebrate milestones on the road to becoming a big kid?  As it turns out, the tooth fairy has become more generous...

Does Your Child Grind Their Teeth? A Mouthguard Can Help Apr 18th, 2020

As your child grows, their oral health is constantly changing and improving. They lose and regain teeth, learn proper oral hygiene, become more comfortable at the dentist, and may even have their wisdom teeth removed. Given all this, a mouthguard maybe isn’t one of the first things that come to...

Easing Your Child's Dental Anxiety Mar 10th, 2020

Have you ever experienced dentophobia, also known as fear of the dentist? It’s estimated that nearly 75% of adults in the United States experience some kind of fear or anxiety around visiting their dentist. Of that number, 5%-10% experience fear so intense that they can be classified as having a...

How Often Should My Child See a Dentist? Feb 13th, 2020

There is a lot to learn after having a child, but perhaps one of the less obvious skills is becoming an expert scheduler. You’re responsible for scheduling a little person’s entire day — meal time, playtime, and more. And that includes scheduling all of their medical and dental checkups. When...

Flossing Tips for Kids Jan 1st, 2020

Good oral hygiene starts early. It’s important to establish brushing and flossing as a part of your child’s day. Of course when your child is a small toddler, you’re going to be doing a lot of the work yourself. But while children usually catch on to proper brushing techniques well,...

From Fillings to Root Canals: Laser Dentistry Is Replacing These Common Procedures Dec 1st, 2019

Does your child throw a fit every time you mention “dentist?” If so, they may associate unpleasant scenarios with the dentist, as many children do. Long hours in a dental chair with drills whirring and needles poking has become somewhat synonymous with dental care, but with laser dentistry, that’s not...

Most Common Dental Emergencies for Kids Nov 1st, 2019

Whether it’s a broken bone, a skinned knee, or a knocked-out tooth, every parent understands the scenario of their child arriving at home in tears from an injury. Oftentimes, the injury is minor and can be treated with a little TLC at home. But other times, as is often the...

Why Do Dentists Take X-Rays? Oct 1st, 2019

Your teeth help you chew food and complete your smile. But like an iceberg, there’s a lot more to your teeth than what you see.  Dentists take X-rays to better assess the parts of your teeth that aren’t visible, including in between and inside each tooth. X-rays also let the...

How to Care for Your Baby's Gums Before They Start Teething Sep 1st, 2019

While your baby’s first tooth might not arrive until they’re at least 6 months old, you need to be caring for their gums even earlier than that to ensure they have a healthy smile in the future. Your child’s baby teeth are important not only for helping them eat solid...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays Aug 7th, 2019

If you’ve chosen Invisalign® for your child, you’re clearly committed to taking good care of their teeth. Over the next few months, you’ll begin to notice remarkable changes in the look of their smile.  That’s because your Invisalign clear aligners are working hard to gradually shift their teeth and make...

How to Help Your Child Prepare for Wisdom Tooth Removal Jul 19th, 2019

Getting your wisdom teeth taken out can be a scary proposition even for adults, so when it comes to kids who need their wisdom teeth removed, parents need to do all they can to prepare their children for the procedure. Here are a few tips on how to help your...

A Beginner's Guide to Using a Mouthguard Jun 13th, 2019

Many adults suffer headaches and jaw pain from grinding their teeth at night, and the solution is fairly simple—a mouthguard to wear while they are sleeping. But what about kids who grind their teeth? Can they handle wearing and taking care of a mouthguard? Absolutely, they can! At Dentistry for...

Accidents Happen: Here's How to Handle a Dental Emergency May 10th, 2019

We all know kids need to see the dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups, just like adults. (Yes, that’s true even if your child’s adult teeth haven’t come in yet.) But between those appointments, it’s easy to put the dentist out of your thoughts — until an issue...

When Should Kids Start Flossing? Apr 18th, 2019

Most parents know that their children need to start cleaning their teeth as soon as they come in. However, deciding when to begin flossing can be more of a challenge. Below is some information to help you decide whether it is time to help your kids learn to floss.  Why...

How Laser Dentistry Has Changed Certain Dental Procedures for the Better Mar 1st, 2019

As a parent, you know how important it is to take your child to the dentist regularly. Not only are regular checkups important for preventing cavities and other problems, but they can also help ensure routine dental care becomes a part of your child’s life early on, so they can...

4 Great Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay Feb 5th, 2019

Preventing tooth decay doesn't stop with brushing and flossing. As a parent, you have more control than you may think regarding your child's likelihood of developing cavities in baby or permanent teeth. An astounding one in five children in the U.S. currently have untreated tooth decay, and the burden may seem...

How Sedation Dentistry Can Help Your Child Jan 18th, 2019

According to the CDC, 20 percent of small children have untreated tooth decay. This might not only impact your child's desire to eat certain healthy foods like apples; it can cause lasting damage to the permanent teeth. Establishing the importance of dental care early sets your child up for a...

Best Oral Hygiene Habits Your Kids Should Develop For Cavity Protection Dec 21st, 2018

The appearance of a first baby tooth is exciting. But a first cavity in a baby tooth is not a reason to celebrate, for either parents or children. However, cavities are not uncommon.  Although there is no current nationwide data about the number of cavities dentists fill in baby teeth,...

Early Signs Your Child May Be Grinding Their Teeth Nov 26th, 2018

Plenty of kids grind their teeth, especially when they sleep. In fact, WebMD says as many as a third of kids are chronic teeth grinders, and a lot of those kids continue grinding their teeth well into their adult years. You might think teeth grinding (also called bruxism) is a...

Goblins, Ghosts, and Gobstoppers: How to Protect Your Children's Teeth This Halloween Oct 31st, 2018

  1. Time the treats Complete avoidance is never the answer. Children, and adults, just want what they can't have. Instead, teach safer sugar consumption behavior.  Encourage your child to only eat sugary treats with a meal. Or offer the treats right after a meal. This helps children avoid the...

Why It’s Important to Take Care of Baby Teeth Aug 13th, 2018

Baby teeth are not only cute — they’re important to your baby’s oral health and growth. Why baby teeth are importantYour baby needs strong baby teeth to be able to learn to chew solid foods, to smile, and to speak. You want your baby to meet all the age-appropriate developmental...