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Habits to Avoid: Thumb Sucking and Too Much Candy

It’s crucial to teach your kids the proper way to care for their teeth, but making sure that their overall oral hygiene is as good as it can be involves more than brushing and flossing. While these basic practices will guard your child’s teeth against a lot of the major problems like cavities and gingivitis, there are some other habits your child my have developed that will affect the proper development of their teeth.

Thumb Sucking

The first bad habit that can have a negative effect on teeth is a very common one—thumb sucking. Most children start sucking their thumbs very early, and usually stop ...

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Gingivitis

While you may pay the most attention to your children’s teeth, the area around—the gums—is also sensitive to problems and needs to be cared for and examined regularly. Gingivitis is a disease that attacks the gums, and it is actually quite common and mild, but if left untreated it can lead to serious issues in the future such as periodontitis. These more serious developments from gingivitis can make gums so weak, that you might loose teeth.

That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on your child’s gums. There are several warning signs that they have developed gingivitis, and the faster you get it ...

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Tooth Decay

For children, it’s especially important to avoid serious dental issues like tooth decay. By teaching your kids about the dangers of improper dental hygiene they can avoid painful, costly procedures and learn good habits that will keep their teeth intact for the rest of their lives.

Tooth decay involves three things: the enamel on your teeth, plaque, and sugary foods. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, and there isn’t anything to do about that. It’s a sticky layer of bacteria that sit on top and catch the sugars from the foods you eat. These bacteria on their own aren’t going to cause you ...

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Losing Teeth

Around the age 5 or 6 most children will notice that their front teeth are getting a little wiggly. This can be an incredibly exciting moment—loosing that first baby tooth is a big step in growing up. Kids will most likely be excited and ready to pull that tooth out as soon as possible, especially if they are expecting a visit from the tooth fairy afterwards. But, the center for pediatric dentistry has advised that it is always better to let your children’s teeth fall out naturally.

Losing baby teeth is a completely natural process that will normally not require a visit to the ...

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The Thumb... a Hard Habit to Break

Did you know that more than 75% of infants suck their thumbs, fingers and/or pacifiers through the first year of life? Most children turn to their thumb or pacifier when bored, tired, or upset. It is fairly common to see a child simultaneously engage in other behaviors (ie. tugging on an ear, twirling a strand of hair, or clinging to a blanket, comfort pillow or favorite stuffed animal). As children move on into the preschool years, most outgrow the habit. However, one in five children will still continue the habit up to their 5th birthday.

In the short term, these habits can be very soothing to a child. However in the ...

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Adolescents and Tooth Whitening: A Sensitive Subject

The first question most patients ask when they come to our office is “How can I whiten my teeth?” Cosmetic bleaching is indeed an excellent way to boost your self-confidence and improve the look of your smile. It is a simple procedure that can be performed at the dental office or in the comfort of your own home.

Advantages of in-office, professional teeth whitening are:
1.) a professional consultation that includes a thorough examination that identifies the causes of discoloration, and
2.) a controlled environment that may include the use of lights and lasers with guaranteed safe and rapid results.

For children and adolescents, whitening can be a ‘sensitive’ subject in every sense ...

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Grab Those Pink Ribbons… and Your Toothbrush!

As many of you may already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is becoming exceedingly rare to find a person totally unaffected by the disease – be it an aunt, a sister, a friend or even a friend of a friend. Nearly a quarter of a million women in the United States alone were affected by breast cancer last year.

At Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Family Orthodontics, our board certified dentists can provide insight into oral health as it relates to the treatment of cancer for both adults and children.  Leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma are three common types of cancer associated with ...

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