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Toddlers & Teeth: How to Establish Good Oral Hygiene

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Toddlers are like a sponge, soaking up everything they learn about the world around them. That’s why these years are critical when it comes to laying the foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits. Even better, toddlers are enthusiastic learners—teach them to brush and they’ll brush with gusto! Here are some tips for helping your little one have a bright, healthy smile through their toddler years and beyond.

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Is Thumb Sucking Normal?

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Many parents are concerned about their children’s thumb sucking habits, so before we get started, let’s make one thing clear: thumb sucking is normal. It’s not something to be concerned about in young children. Babies often start sucking their thumbs while they’re still in the womb—it’s no wonder it’s such a hard habit to break! The action of sucking helps infants self-soothe and once established, the habit often extends into early childhood. Here are the facts about thumb sucking.

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Preparing for Your Child’s Pediatric Orthodontics Appointment

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The practice of orthodontics has undergone a dramatic shift as we come to understand the importance of early intervention. While many of our patients’ parents started orthodontic treatment as teenagers, we know now that it’s better to start at a much younger age for best results. If you’re considering early orthodontics for your child, here’s what you can expect.

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Delayed Tooth Eruption: What to Expect

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Your child will grow teeth within the first several years of their lives. It can be an exciting but difficult time for parents and children. Much is changing and there will be an adjustment period for everyone. By knowing what is coming, you can make sure that you are ready to help your child through it. Here is what to expect when your child’s teeth start coming in.

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Getting Braces: What You Should Know

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You’ve gotten the impressions, you’ve scheduled your appointment, and you’ve eaten all the candy and popcorn you can to tide you over for the next year or two. You’re ready––it’s time to get your braces. But what can you expect? Will it hurt? How do you brush?.

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How to Brush Teeth with Braces

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Brushing and flossing might be more difficult now that you have braces, but it’s also more important than ever. It’s hard to brush with all those brackets and wires, but if you can devote a few extra minutes a day to do the job right, you’ll be glad you did. These are the step-by-step instructions we provide our patients on how to brush teeth with braces.

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White Spots on Teeth: What They Are and What to Do About Them

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Everyone wants a clean and healthy smile, which is why it can be troubling when you notice white spots on your teeth. These spots are natural and common for many people. They are caused by a variety of reasons, all stemming from damage to your teeth for one reason or another. The good news is that you are not alone in this problem and it is a problem that can be corrected. If you are worried about your smile, here is a deeper look at white spots on teeth and what to do about them.

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Losing Baby Teeth: What to Expect

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As your little one grows up, they will get new teeth. Baby teeth fall out and that can be a stressful and exhilarating time. There are, however, a few things that you should know before the teeth start to disappear. Here is what to expect when your child begins to lose baby teeth.

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Baby Pacifiers: What You Need to Know

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Most babies love pacifiers and so do their parents. Pacifiers are designed to give babies the sucking experience that they crave in a portable and easy-to-deliver package. While a pacifier can be a useful aid in caring for babies, relying on them too much can also be a problem. This is especially true for any child that has exposed teeth or teeth that are coming in. If you have a child, here is what you need to know about baby pacifiers.

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