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Everything You Need to Know About Mouth Breathing

by Dentistry for Children - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:48 AM

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How closely do you pay attention to the way your child breathes? Do you know where each breath is going in and out? If you notice that your child’s breathing is happening more through their mouth than their nose, you may have a problem.

The best way to breathe is through the nose. Your dentist may ask if your child has a habit of mouth breathing, or you may see this on a dental form. If the phrasing has ever been confusing or you never realized that mouth breathing was a problem, this guide will help you better understand it.

How Can Type 1 Diabetes Impact Your Child's Dental Health?

by Dentistry for Children - Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:25 AM

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If your child has recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you may find yourself reeling and wondering how to help manage this chronic and incurable condition. While maintaining blood sugar levels is always the most important part of a diabetes treatment protocol, diabetes can impact parts of the body other than the pancreas, and maintaining good oral health habits is crucial to avoiding long-term diabetes-related damage to the teeth, gums and even heart. Read on to learn more about some of the ways a diagnosis of Type I diabetes can impact your child's dental health, as well as some tips and tricks to keep your child's oral health in check.

Gum Disease in Children

by Dentistry for Children - Friday, September 29, 2017 9:41 AM

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Gum disease often develops due to the exposure of the gingival tissues to acid from the bacteria that live in the mouth. As a person eats or drinks substances that contain carbohydrates, oral bacteria feed on the simple sugars. Once the bacteria have digested their meal, they excrete the byproducts, which include acid.

Acid from oral bacteria is known to cause tooth decay, but acid also irritates sensitive gum tissues. Over time, the gum inflammation may result in various degrees of gum disease.

Why Dentists Encourage Them for Children

by Dentistry for Children - Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:39 PM

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While dental sealants have been around for decades, they are now becoming more popular in the field of pediatric dentistry. Dental sealants are products dentists apply to the teeth of children to help stop decay from occurring. They are extremely effective for this purpose, and they are also affordable and easy for a dentist to apply. As a parent, here are several important things you should know about dental sealants.

Risks of Tongue Piercing Parents Should Know

by Dentistry for Children - Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:00 PM

Risks of Tongue Piercing

Body piercings may be a fashionable trend right now, but tongue piercing and piercings in the lip or cheek are bad for a teen's oral and general health. When trying to discourage your teen from wanting to have his or her tongue pierced, explain that there are several risks associated with this particular form of self - expression. If your teen does get a piercing in or near the mouth, he or she needs to be proactive to prevent serious health effects that can come with piercing.

The Importance of a Mouth Guard for Your Young Soccer Player

by Dentistry for Children - Thursday, July 13, 2017 10:31 PM

Mouth Guard for Your Young Soccer Player


Soccer - a popular youth team sport in the U.S. - may not be as high-contact as football or wrestling, but falling on the hard ground or colliding with another player can still cause a dental or orofacial injury. A sport that involves a moving piece of equipment, like a soccer ball being kicked through the air, or any type of physical contact with other players puts your child at risk of injury.

Dental Care And Your Child With Down's Syndrome: Why Finding A Provider Is So Important

by Dentistry for Children - Thursday, July 13, 2017 10:12 PM

Dental Care And Down's Syndrome

As the parent of a child with Down's Syndrome, you may feel like you are constantly fighting battles with the world and even with your child to provide them with the best possible care and to give them everything they need to thrive in their life. One of the health issues that sometimes gets pushed aside with children with Down's Syndrome is dental care.

What You Need to Know About Kids' Dental Emergencies

by Dentistry for Children - Friday, June 16, 2017 1:02 AM

About Kids' Dental Emergencies

Childhood dental emergencies are no fun, but they're inevitable for most kids at some point. Life happens, and even kids with the best dental hygiene can suffer dental emergencies. If your children encounter one of the following dental emergencies, stay calm to help them through it and seek care from a pediatric dentist.

The Dos and Don’ts of Modeling Dental Care to Your Children

by Dentistry for Children - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:11 PM

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Any parent who has ever had a child swear loudly in public out of the blue knows that little ones pick up on what you do and say. They're observing even when you wish they wouldn't. When it comes to dental care, what your kids see you do can have a bigger impact than what you try to teach them. Follow these dos and don'ts to model the best oral health care to your kids.

Do Take the Time to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Although you may feel okay with winging it sometimes when you're home alone, always be mindful of your brushing when the kids are home. Brush your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes every single time. Make a habit of brushing in front of your children, too. You may even want to make it a daily tradition for everyone to brush at the same time before going to bed.

Preventing Tooth Decay: The Science of Fluoride

by Dentistry for Children - Tuesday, April 4, 2017 1:11 AM

If you are a parent, it's important for you to take the benefits of fluoride seriously. Children's teeth are much more susceptible to dental cavities than adults’ teeth are. Primary teeth more readily dissolve in acidic environments.

However, you should take care not to overdo it. Too much toothpaste is toxic for children, especially when they are not proficient at spitting out after brushing. Never use mouthwash for young children unless expressly directed to do so by a dentist. Daily brushing with children's toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water will be sufficient in most cases.

Have you ever wondered why fluoride is so important for your oral health? Learn more about the science behind fluoride and how it affects your teeth.

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