Tooth sensitivity is a very unpleasant condition when you are an adult — which means the pain is even worse for a kid. Whether it is the result of eating something too cold or too …
Does your child play sports? Any active sport, regardless of the level of contact involved, could result in damage to the teeth. It is a good idea to wear a mouthguard for most sports, including football, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, and many more. Even low contact sports can result in a fall that could hurt the mouth. Mouthguards go a long way toward preventing serious dental injuries.
If you’re like most parents, you probably figure your child’s school lunch isn’t exactly the best when it comes to nutrition, but that it’s not the worst either since it’s required to meet government guidelines. Generally speaking, this is an accurate take, but what you may not know is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been moving the goalposts, allowing schools to serve less healthy foods and still meet USDA standards. Since dental health and overall health are intrinsically linked, we want to share what this means for your child’s school lunches.
Upper jaw expansion, also known as palatal expansion, is one of the most common treatments used in Phase 1 orthodontics. Unlike the orthodontic treatments of decades past, which waited to correct problems only after they emerged, the goal of Phase 1 treatment is to influence the jaw as it grows and develops in early childhood. To do this, we use palatal expander devices, or PEDs, to apply gentle, constant pressure that increases the width of the upper jaw.
Your teeth are exposed to everything that you eat, including acidic foods that erode enamel away and foods that stain teeth. What you eat can have a lot to do with your overall dental health. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to your diet and dental health.
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?.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you buy your toothpaste at the supermarket, the pharmacy, or online, the sheer number of choices can be daunting. There are entire rows of different types of toothpaste claiming to help sensitive teeth, to remove stains with whitening formulas, to reduce the risk of gum diseases, or even just to give you fresh breath for up to 12 hours! It can be hard to decide which toothpaste is going to work best for you, or which problem you want to tackle first. So what is the true difference between all your choices?
As pediatric dentists, parents often ask for our opinions about the best oral health products they can buy for their kids. We’re always happy to make recommendations, whether it’s finding the right toothbrush for a 2-year-old or a fruit-flavored toothpaste for those kids who refuse to use anything minty. Today, we want to talk about what you should know about choosing a mouthwash for kids.
If you’re a parent, getting your child to brush his or her teeth might just be the bane of your existence. As dental professionals, we understand. During our pediatric dental check-ups, parents often express frustration over daily battles about tooth brushing. We want our patients to look forward to their twice a day oral hygiene routine, but sometimes it takes a little bit of finesse to make it a more positive experience for parents and kiddos alike.
Although getting kids to brush and floss can be challenging, children who learn how to take care of their teeth and gums early in life will not only have fewer cavities, but will also develop good healthcare behaviors that they can take into adulthood.
Today, many people from all walks of life enjoy sports drinks not only to replenish themselves after strenuous activity, but also as a replacement for sodas, sipping them throughout the day. However, sports drinks were never intended to be consumed regularly, and they can cause significant damage to the teeth. Here is what you should know about how sports drinks affect your dental health.
Just like adults, kids with clean teeth are significantly less likely to develop oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, tooth shifting, and even systemic illnesses. You know that it is important to get your kids to brush, floss, and see the dentist regularly, but you might not be aware of exactly what schedule to follow. Here is how often kids as well as adults should brush, floss, and have their teeth professionally cleaned.
Fluoride is a natural mineral with tremendous cavity-fighting abilities. It was first added to municipal drinking water in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today, most municipal water supplies in the United States and numerous other countries…
People have been using the same type of manual toothbrush since the 15th century. Electric toothbrushes hit the American market in 1960, but they didn’t get much traction until recently. Today, though, both dental professionals …