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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…

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.…