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6 Kid-Friendly and Tooth-Healthy Holiday Treats

Tooth-Healthy Holiday Treats During the holiday season, you can't keep kids away from every candy cane and gingerbread cookie they encounter. However, you can make children smile by stuffing their stockings and piling their present stacks with fun, pro-dental gifts. Here are six excellent kids' gifts to share.

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Kids, Dental Care, and Travel | Dentistry for Children & Adolescents
When you're on a vacation, it can be easy to let your family's dental care slide along with other aspects of your normal routine. Unfortunately, children may experience dental decay and other problems with their teeth and gums if they neglect their dental care for even a little while. Follow these tips to help kids take good care of their teeth even when they're traveling.
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Tips for Packing Teeth-Friendly Lunch-Box Snacks

blog18may2018Optimal dental care is more complex than brushing your teeth, flossing, and swishing with mouthwash. Yes, these daily habits are very important to teach your children, but their diet can also play a big role in their oral health. Teach your children to make food choices that are healthy for their teeth and gums.

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What You Need to Know 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.

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

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.

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Preventing Tooth Decay: The Science of Fluoride

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.

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Why Is Thumb Sucking Harmful? 5 Possible Side Effects

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.

As children get older, they may develop the habit of finger or thumb sucking. Unfortunately, thumb sucking can have long-lasting negative side effects if the habit persists past age four. Possible side effects of prolonged or intense thumb sucking include the following five.

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Chipped Teeth and Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know

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.

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A Parent's Guide to Childhood Tooth Decay

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.

Childhood tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease affecting children in the United States. A reported 40% of children have at least one cavity before they reach age five.

In this blog, we discuss why childhood tooth decay can be harmful for your child and how you can protect your child from cavities.

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Make Flossing a Habit: 4 Tips to Floss More Frequently

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.

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3 Supposedly Healthy Snacks That Damage Teeth

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.

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Heard of Cleidocranial Dysplasia? Learn About It Here

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.

Although a younger Gaten had roles in productions of shows like Les Misérables, he wasn't a stranger to being turned away from acting roles because of the lisp his condition causes. But in "Stranger Things," the writers worked his dysplasia into the script and-rightfully-didn't shy away from letting an actor with a rare genetic disorder have the same opportunities as other actors.

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The Tooth Fairy: Where She Came From and Why

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.

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