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Sports Mouthguards: What You Need to Know

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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.

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Do School Lunches Provide the Nutrition Your Child Needs?

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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.

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Upper Jaw Expansion: What You Should Know

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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.

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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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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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Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: Does It Make a Difference?

Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: Does It Make a Difference?

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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?

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What You Should Know About Choosing a Mouthwash

What You Should Know About Choosing a Mouthwash

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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.

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