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Choosing a Toothbrush

Besides the toothbrushes your dentist provides, it can be hard to know exactly what’s best for teeth—especially for your children. Grocery stores and pharmacies are filled with many different brands and styles. Each kind of toothbrush comes with advantages and disadvantages. Having a basic knowledge of what works best in which scenario will help you to pick the best brush for your little one.

Manual or Electric

Either of these styles of toothbrush can be effective. But with each one, there are few things to look for in order to make sure you are getting the best brush possible. The rotating and oscillating electric toothbrushes ...

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Dental Sealants

American Dental Association studies have shown that 42% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 have signs of dental decay. The decay caused by bacteria and sugars leads to pain and expensive fillings, and sometimes even with the most diligent brushing routines it can’t be avoided. However, the application of sealants is a great way to avoid these issues for your children.

What Are Sealants

A sealant is thin coating of plastic that can be fitted to teeth. Teeth are properly cleaned, and then coated with a liquid that hardens, keeping them safe from food particles and acids that can lead to decay ...

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Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can be a painful condition and one that’s very detrimental to the future health of your child’s teeth. If you suspect that they are grinding their teeth, there are some specific warning signs you should look for to know for sure and then some specific steps to take to help them.

What to Look For

Teeth grinding will occur while the child is sleeping, so at times it’s very easy to know if the problem is happening by simply watching them or checking in while they’re in bed. Visible telltale signs that you should be on the lookout for include ...

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Teething: What You Need to Know

Sometime after the fourth month, and in some cases lasting until the third birthday, your baby will start getting their first set of teeth. The first time you get to take a picture of a toothy grin can be great cause for celebration, but getting there will not be easy. Teething causes a lot of frustration and anxiety for parents because it can be very painful for an infant’s gums, so it’s best to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible. Knowing what to expect and when will help you, and therefore help your baby, get through what can be a painful ...

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Fluoride

There’s a very good reason why pediatric dentists are concerned about your family’s water supply—it’s extremely important for your child to be getting fluoride. Fluoride is a major part of the exchange of mineral and bacteria on teeth, and for children under six it plays a very important role in the formation of permanent teeth.

What Is Fluoride?

A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride helps rebuild a tooth’s enamel that can be damaged and worn down by the acids created from plaque bacteria. Along with calcium and phosphate, fluoride is introduced into the mouth and helps to strengthen teeth, reversing decay and preventing cavities. While adults ...

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Halloween Is Coming

Halloween is just around the corner, and your children are probably starting to get excited about their costumes and a night of spooky fun. But, with trick-or-treating and all the candy that gets consumed on October 31, it’s the treats that can be really scary. Now is the perfect time to review the effect of sugars on your child’s teeth and make a plan for how to keep their teeth healthy year round.

Effects of Candy

The natural bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, converting them to acid, which leads to decay and cavities. But, one night of indulgence in candy treats isn’t going ...

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When Should Your Child See the Dentist

In the first year of your child’s life, there is a lot to consider and get done. One of those things should be a visit to the dentist’s office, generally before their first birthday. In order to get your child used to the dentist and practicing good oral hygiene for the rest of their lives, it’s best to not delay this first appointment. Most experts agree that six months after the appearance of the first tooth is the perfect opportunity for a first visit.

What Happens On the First Visit?

A first session often lasts no more than 15 or 30 minutes, but it’s very ...

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