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.

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.