Pediatric Dentistry

Breastfeeding is one of the most personal decisions mothers make for their newborns. It provides a valuable bonding experience for mother and baby. Numerous studies have established that breastfeeding reduces an infant’s risk for health issues like asthma, SIDS, and obesity. It also has positive effects on baby teeth.

Besides brushing and flossing your teeth, dental sealants are an effective way of preventing kids and adults from getting cavities.

A mouthguard is a valuable piece of equipment that is worn over the teeth to protect them from injuries in the event of an impact. Anyone participating in contact sports or any activity that could potentially damage teeth should wear a mouthguard.

The holiday season is here with us! It’s a great time to be intentional about teaching kids good dental hygiene habits, even through your gifting. Stocking stuffers with proper oral care tools make amazing little gifts with a huge impact. Here are some fun stocking stuffers that will help your kids develop healthy dental care… Read More »

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family, friends, and delicious food.  All the unhealthy holiday foods cause more dental problems during the holidays than at any other time.  So, when planning your Thanksgiving celebration, keep your kid’s teeth in mind. Five Tips for Healthy Teeth at Thanksgiving Snack on cheese dishes.  Dairy is high in calcium and helps… Read More »

Starbucks drinks satisfy many cravings.  Everyone has a favorite Starbucks drink, even children.  Many of us feel comfortable ordering our children these drinks as we enjoy one of our own.  Before handing your child a Starbucks drink, think about the high sugar content and impact on your children’s teeth. The American Heart Association recommends children… Read More »

Halloween is the scariest time of year, but sugar eating your children’s teeth is scarier than any ghost or goblin.  However, there are some easy tips to keep your children’s teeth healthy this Halloween. Before Trick or Treating The best way to healthy teeth starts before trick or treating.  Start the day right with a… Read More »

Winning the toothbrushing battle with your toddler is as easy as finding the right toothpaste. A naturally flavored toothpaste may be the answer for the jaw clenching toddler. A fluoride-free flavorless toothpaste may discourage the toddler from eating or swallowing toothpaste. Once you find the right toothpaste, teaching your child healthy oral habits to last… Read More »

Visiting the dentist can cause stress for children. A child that is fearful of the dentist may avoid dental cleanings and not practice proper dental care as an adult. The best way to keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful throughout their life is to encourage a good relationship with the dentist as a child.… Read More »

Summer is full of sugary snacks like ice cream and popsicles. Now, back to school means it is time to take care of your children’s teeth for the rest of the year. Buy a New Toothbrush While stocking up on back to school supplies, pick up a new toothbrush for your children. Toothbrushes need replacing… Read More »

The best way to a healthy adult smile is from the start of the very first tooth. Baby teeth are eventually fully replaced by permanent adult teeth, but they are no less important. Neglecting baby teeth can cause permanent damage. Placement of Permanent Teeth One of the most important roles baby teeth play is guiding… Read More »

I Know Flossing is Important, but Why? Daily brushing and flossing are important for healthy teeth. However, flossing seems the most dreaded part of oral care. The American Dental Association discovered only 50% of adults floss every day and 18% of adults do not floss at all.

The secret is out – the food you eat has an impact on your teeth and some foods are healthier for your mouth than others. Junk food and snacks like bread, chips, soft drinks, and sweets provide carbohydrates and sugar to bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria causes tooth decay and cavities. When snacking, keep… Read More »

When you do not feel well, it affects more than just your physical health.  The same can be said for children and their oral health as it can affect their school work.  According to a study in North Carolina, children with poor oral health are three times more likely to perform poorly or to miss… Read More »

Sometimes there is nothing harder than coaxing your kids to brush their teeth. Some kids just do not like it. The tears, fighting, and begging gets old fast. Parents are looking for ways to make teaching such an important skill easier. Here are some tips to take the fight out of brushing your kids’ teeth. 

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay? Baby bottle tooth decay is from regularly drinking sugary liquids, including formula, milk, fruit juices, and other sweet drinks, from a bottle. It is normally seen in the front teeth, but all baby teeth are affected. Awareness and prevention are the best ways to avoid baby tooth decay.

Infants are hard-wired with a sucking reflex. It is perfectly natural for babies to suck their thumb or pacifier. Nearly all children suck their thumbs at some point. However, thumb sucking after six months of age can cause future problems. Issues from Thumb-Sucking The force of thumb sucking causes the shape of the mouth and… Read More »

The season for youth sports is here! Children often drink a sports drink at their practices and games. In fact, 62% of youth consume sports drinks every day. These drinks are advertised as healthy and essential during physical activity. However, the truth is that sports drinks are destructive to children’s teeth and are not actually… Read More »

Do you hear the sound of jaws clenching or teeth gnashing when your child is asleep? These are signs that your little one may be grinding his or her teeth.   Teeth grinding, also known medically as bruxism, can be common in children. According to the University of Michigan Health System, teeth grinding in children may… Read More »

Once again, Valentine’s Day is here with us. If you’re planning on giving your loved one a gift for Valentine’s Day, there is a chance you are going to include candy. It’s important you stay informed when choosing these candies to make sure you get treats that are less likely to linger on their teeth… Read More »

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