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4 Ways To End Thumb Sucking

  Thumb sucking is a source of comfort for many children. In fact, it is a natural coping mechanism that has been observed when a baby is still in his or her mother’s womb. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns parents to discourage thumb sucking as an appropriate response to stress by the time…

A Parent’s Guide to Teething Babies

Hearing a baby cry is always unnerving but hearing your own baby cry is even more troubling. Between four and eight months of age, babies begin to experience what is known as “teething.” Teething is the process of growth in which the baby’s primary teeth (also known as baby teeth) begin to push through into…

Dental Fear & Anxiety in Kids

  Did you know that kids with dental fear and anxiety have a 2.05X greater risk for developing untreated dental caries than kids with little to no fear? Dental fear and anxiety (DFA) is a condition characterized as an excessive amount of anxiety and fear directly related to visiting the dentist and/or receiving dental treatments.…

Gingivitis & Pediatric Patients

Did you know that up to 60% of American teenagers suffer from gingivitis? It is the job of pediatric dentists to educate our patients about their oral health care! Many young dental patients simply don’t know how to properly clean their teeth, which ultimately increases the risk for dental caries and gum diseases such as…

A Pain in the Jaw: TMJ Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body. It is often referred to as the “jaw joint,” as it connects the lower jaw to the base of the skull. The functions of the TMJ are essential in our day-to-day lives. For some children (and adults), this joint can become…

Prevent Cavities This Halloween!

Every year during Halloween, kids are reminded of their love for sugary treats. Although candy is delicious, it’s important to remind your kids that foods that are high in sugar contribute to painful cavities. Did you know that up to 42% of children ages 2-11 years old have had cavities in their baby teeth? This…

Mouthguards and Sports: What’s the Big Deal?

Did you know that seventy percent of injuries that occur during game-play occur when the injured athlete is not wearing a mouth guard? That means that the risk for sustaining injuries when not wearing a mouthguard is exceedingly high. An estimated 200,000 injuries involving the mouth can be prevented each year, just by wearing a…

The Importance of Regular Dental Visits for Your Child

Having your child attend their regular dental visits will help prevent cavities and reduce the risk of your child experiencing pain, trouble focusing in class and other possible medical issues. Small children who have healthy teeth can chew their food easily, speak clearly and smile with confidence.

Dehydration in Children

Water is an essential part of life; it makes up to 70% of your child’s body weight. Therefore, drinking the proper amount of fluids is important to maintaining your child’s health. If your child isn’t drinking enough water, they could be at risk of dehydration. Dehydration can lead to weakened immune system, increased blood pressure,…

Protect Your Child’s Teeth from Chlorine

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chlorine is “an antimicrobial agent used in drinking water and swimming pools.” Taking a swim in the pool to cool off or relaxing in a Jacuzzi is a great way to enjoy your summer days. The last thing you’re thinking about is the harm you…

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