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Nitrous Oxide for Pediatric Dentistry

Nitrous oxide (NO2), also known as “sweet air,” or “laughing gas,” is an inhalable gas that is commonly administered to dental patients as a mild sedative. For over 100 years, sweet air has been successfully used to reduce patient anxiety during their dental treatment. The gas allows patients to remain conscious, relaxed and pain-free throughout…

Fluoride 101

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in nature that has been known for its enamel-strengthening and protection properties. In fact, many communities have incorporated water fluoridation into their tap water supply due to its proven effectiveness. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), water fluoridation has reduced tooth decay by 25%! Thus, it follows…

3 Tips for Your Child’s First Pediatric Dental Appointment

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children have a pediatric dental examination before the age of one. This is primarily because baby teeth tend to start growing in around the age of 1 and need proper care to prevent cavities from forming. In the case that your child’s first visit to the dentist is…

Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

There are several instances when pediatric restorative dentistry is essential for maintaining a healthy smile. Sometimes kids break or chip their teeth, develop cavities or they take medications that cause discoloration. In these cases, restorative treatments are necessary to preserve the health and functionality of the teeth. Some of the following restorative dentistry treatments can…

Supernumerary Teeth in Pediatric Dental Patients

Hyperdontia (also known as having supernumerary teeth) is a condition that presents as having extra (supernumerary) teeth in the mouth. Pediatric dental patients with extra teeth may have orthodontic issues in the future which can negatively impact their oral health. Sometimes the teeth need to be removed and/or orthodontic treatment is necessary. Certain risk factors…

National Nutrition Month & Pediatric Dentistry

March is a great time of the year to educate your kids on how to better improve their diets because it’s National Nutrition Month! According to the American Dental Association (ADA), your oral health is one of the first parts of your body that decline in health when a person has unhealthy eating habits. Nutrition…

5 Pediatric Dental Myths

Many different myths exist regarding health care—even myths about pediatric dental care! This article is meant to disprove and debunk some of the more common misconceptions that people have about pediatric dentistry. The following beliefs represent just some of the falsehoods about children’s dental care:   Myth #1: Tooth decay and cavities in baby teeth…

National Children’s Dental Health Month

  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to begin solidifying positive dental health habits! When children are especially young, it is crucial to educate them on how to properly care for their teeth to prevent future health issues. Bad dental habits could mean tooth loss, disease and orthodontic interventions among other…

What is a Space Maintainer?

A space maintainer is a dental appliance that is used to maintain space in the mouth for the permanent teeth to come in. Space maintainers are not painful, and they allow the teeth to grow into the correct positions. There are a couple scenarios that prompt the need for a space maintainer. They include: 1.…

3 Ways to Combat Cold Sores

Did you know that cold sores can affect a child’s oral health? Cold sores are caused by a virus called the herpes simplex virus type 1(HSV-1). They often appear on the lips and around the mouth. Sometimes the pain caused by the sores can impact the desire to continue with regular brushing and flossing. The…

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