Are you a parent to a young child, or do you have a young child in your life? If so, you know that children can have a mind of their own at times. It can be particularly challenging for parents to get their children to brush their teeth. Then, after hounding them endlessly for them to brush their teeth, you find out they didn’t do it. It can be a vicious cycle, day after day. We know parents want their children to learn proper oral hygiene to create lasting habits and help avoid tooth decay, one of the most common chronic conditions in children. We want to share some helpful ways you can help prevent the child in your life from developing tooth decay.
Do you have a young child or loved one who is always grabbing for their pacifier or continuously sucking their thumb? During early infancy, and even in the womb, it is natural for a baby to suck their thumb. It is a self-soothing technique and actually helps to teach them about the environment around them. Thumbsucking or pacifier use is also helpful as children transition into the late infancy stage and the early toddler years, as it can also be used as a coping mechanism when a child is feeling anxious or overwhelmed. At a certain age, pacifier use and thumbsucking become problems as it regards their teeth.
When you think of special days in February, we are sure that Valentine’s Day is the first day that comes to mind, followed by President’s Day. There is another day that you can be celebrating, especially if you have young children in your life — National Tooth Fairy Day! National Tooth Fairy Day actually takes place biannually on February 28th and August 22nd. This day is a way to celebrate a young child losing their first baby teeth and the cute little fairy who comes and collects all of the lost teeth. It is also a great reminder to schedule a routine examination for the young child in your life as well as for every member of your family.
Are you enjoying summer? We hope so, because we are! After a very long winter, there is nothing like enjoying a beautiful summer day. Whether you like to go to the pool, cook out with friends and family, or plan a special getaway, summer is a magical time for all. With all the summer fun, we know that it can be difficult at times to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine. We want to encourage our patients to be sure they are still giving priority to cleaning their teeth this summer. We wanted to take a moment and focus on our youngest patients and give some tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy all summer long. Continue reading to learn these helpful tips.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month, making it the perfect time to review with your child or young loved one about the importance of dental health. When a child is young, they are limited in what they can do to care for their teeth, but they can be shown the proper methods for cleaning teeth, and proper healthy foods to help keep their teeth sparkly white and avoid dental decay.
Are you suffering from a problem tooth that is causing you nothing but discomfort? If the troublesome tooth is severely decayed and no other treatment option will solve the problem at hand, there is a chance that the tooth will have to be extracted.
Do you have a child or loved one who is about to celebrate their first birthday? Along with the extravagant (or intimate) celebration, special presents, and smash cake photo session, now is a great time to schedule their first appointment to the dentist. While you might be thinking to yourself that the child might be too young, we believe that it is the perfect time to make sure they have a great developing smile and their oral health is on track! While we know that visiting the dentist can be a little scary for children (and their parents too), we have some pointers that can help you have a successful first visit to our office. Continue reading for some tips.
Primary teeth, commonly known as baby teeth or milk teeth, are the primary dentition that grows into the oral cavity. It consists of 20 temporary teeth that fall out as the permanent teeth erupt.
Baby teeth have a purpose in the growth and development of healthy permanent teeth, which is why it’s important to care for them from the first moment.
Most people think that brushing and flossing should be enough to prevent cavities. Unfortunately, sometimes it isn’t, especially for molars. The back teeth that are the core of the chewing process have a rough and uneven surface that becomes the perfect nest for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria.
Establishing good dental hygiene habits should begin at a young age. As soon as your child is able to understand, you can start talking to them about the importance of their teeth and how they need to be cared for every day. Giving them the knowledge and tools to care for their teeth early on will set them up for a lifetime of good health and decrease their chances of dental problems in the future.