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.

Why Is Thumb Sucking Harmful? 5 Possible Side Effects

by Dentistry for Children - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:56 AM

From infancy, children use sucking behaviors to calm themselves. In fact, plenty of parents rely on pacifiers, teething toys, and other items designed for children to suck on in order to encourage emotional regulation in their children.

Chipped Teeth and Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know

by Dentistry for Children - Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:37 PM

Your child's second and third years of life are marked with clumsiness. The quest to learn walking and running is punctuated with thousands of trips, falls, bumps, and bruises. Unfortunately, your child's teeth can be right in the path of injury. It only takes one fall on a hard surface to chip a tooth.

Chipped teeth are not always serious, but they can present some dental complications, especially for children who still haven't mastered dental hygiene or full speech. Here's what parents need to know about toddler tooth chips.

A Parent's Guide to Childhood Tooth Decay

by Dentistry for Children - Monday, January 30, 2017 4:11 AM

As a parent, you know the importance of keeping your child healthy and strong. However, many parents fail to realize how vital it is to keep their children's teeth intact in childhood.

Make Flossing a Habit: 4 Tips to Floss More Frequently

by Dentistry for Children - Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:25 AM

You've long understood the benefits of flossing: healthy gums, fresher breath, and fewer cavities, to name a few. You even encourage your children to floss whenever they brush their teeth.

Yet, despite your knowledge and reminders to your children, you struggle to floss regularly. And when your dentist asks if you've been flossing, you feel a little guilty for your negative answer.

But don't worry. You're not the only one to skip flossing.

According to a Harris Poll survey, approximately 25% of American adults lie about flossing their teeth, and 36% of adults would rather wash dishes, clean a toilet, or wait in a checkout line than pull that string along their gum line. Additionally, 20% of adults refuse to floss their teeth at all.

Fortunately, you can break the cycle and impress your dentist when you make flossing a part of your everyday routine. If you need a little help establishing the habit, try the following tips and tricks.

3 Supposedly Healthy Snacks That Damage Teeth

by Dentistry for Children - Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:13 AM

As a parent, you naturally want your children to stay strong and healthy. You know that your children need a nutritious diet so their little bodies have the vitamins and minerals necessary for growth.

But ensuring your children eat the right foods is often easier said than done. Products advertised as healthy may have more calories and fat than you anticipated. And snacks that seem safe for young ones can negatively affect their teeth.

The following foods might look like good choices for your kids, but serve these snacks with a large dose of caution. If you don't take care, these items could increase the likelihood of cavities and chipping.

Heard of Cleidocranial Dysplasia? Learn About It Here

by Dentistry for Children - Monday, October 17, 2016 12:49 AM

If you love Netflix, binge-watching, Stephen King, or '80s cult hits, chances are good that you watched the Netflix show "Stranger Things" in the summer of 2016. Even if you didn't, you've probably seen pictures of some of the show's adorable child actors, including Gaten Matarazzo, who has curly hair, a broad smile, and a rare condition that affects the bones and teeth: cleidocranial dysplasia.

The Tooth Fairy: Where She Came From and Why

by Dentistry for Children - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 3:48 AM

Traditionally, when children in the United States lose teeth, they put them under their pillows. During the night, their parents swap the teeth for a small amount of money and tell the children that the Tooth Fairy visited.

When your children lose their teeth, you may choose to follow this tradition. But how did it get started? Is there a point to it? If you want to learn more about the Tooth Fairy, keep reading. This blog will answer your questions.

Should Your Child Use Mouthwash? 8 Considerations

by Dentistry for Children - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 2:32 AM

Mouthwash provides individuals with a way to optimize their oral hygiene routines between dental appointments. As an adult, you may use mouthwash on a daily basis in addition to your normal brushing and flossing habits.

How to Make Tooth Brushing Easier for Children with Autism

by Dentistry for Children - Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:13 PM

When you have a child with autism, every new sensation can feel like a challenge, and tooth brushing is no different. Children with autism experience the world differently than neurotypical kids, which can make the intense, scratchy, or tingly sensations of tooth brushing troubling to your child. You might find yourself fighting your child twice a day just to get a toothbrush in their mouth.