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During this busy time, many people forget about the importance of taking care of their children’s dental needs. But the start of the new school year is a great time to revamp your oral care habits and prioritize a healthy mouth. Here are three tips you can do today to get your children (and their teeth) ready for the school year.
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Did you know that your baby is born with all 20 primary teeth? They’re just nestled below the gumline until your child is about 6 months old. The teeth begin to come through between 6 to 12 months, and most children have their full set of teeth by the time they are 3 years old. This can be an uncomfortable time for your baby, but there are several things you can do to help alleviate your baby’s pain.
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If you’re over the age of 7, we hope you don’t sing, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”—and mean it. There’s nothing like a cracked or missing tooth to derail holiday cheer. But accidents do happen. If you or one of your children experience a dental emergency over the holidays, we want you to feel prepared and confident that you’re taking the right steps. Steps to Take if the Dentist Office is Closed Step 1: Determine Whether or Not You Have an Emergency. Sharp pain...
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Halloween is a fun holiday that many kids look forward to! Who doesn’t love a day devoted to fun costumes and sweet treats? But, like all good things, there is such a thing as too much. Too much sugar intake can be harmful to your child’s teeth and increase their risk of cavities. Here are a few strategies you can implement this year to make Halloween both fun and safe!
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Sports are back! We know after the long hiatus due to COVID-19, your kids are glad to be playing again. However, it’s important to take precautions to avoid unnecessary injuries. Various reports note that sports-related injuries account for nearly 36% of unintentional injuries to children and teenagers. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that of those injuries, 10-20% are facial trauma. Dental injuries are the most common type of facial trauma—and the most preventable—according to T...
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There isn’t a clear-cut answer to the question many people have asked us: “Which is better, braces or Invisalign?” In most cases, either choice is a great option for achieving a straighter smile. However, straight teeth are more than just a cosmetic aim, it’s imperative to a mouth that functions correctly. We’re here to educate you on the advantages and disadvantages of both options, so that you can confidently decide if braces or Invisalign is best for you.
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Are you waiting for the day when your child shouts, “My tooth is loose!”? Most kids look forward to the day they feel a tooth wiggle – it’s a big milestone for them, and you. When permanent teeth begin to push through the gums, the roots of baby teeth are reabsorbed. The only thing holding them in place, once they’re loose, is a small amount of tissue. The average age most children begin to lose their baby teeth is 6 years, but some lose their first tooth as young as 4 or as old as 7. Gener...
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As you get your child’s costume ready and make a plan for fall festivals and trick-or-treating, you know they are already thinking about the candy that comes with Halloween. Can you blame them? There’s something almost magical about coming home and dumping all of the candy out on the kitchen table. You watch as they sort through each piece, finding their favorites, the ones they need to hide from their siblings, the ones they willingly offer up for a trade. But it’s important to monitor the a...
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As a parent, your to-do list most likely grows every day as you prepare for the start of the new school year: shopping for new clothes, organizing school supplies, and making adjustments to get back into the school routine. These are all necessary for a successful first day of school. Another important task you need to include on your list is a visit to the dentist. When you schedule a check-up now, you ensure your child doesn’t miss school, plus it helps your child get back on track with good ...
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There are many ways you can take an active role to ensure the oral health of your children. But our bodies are incredible, and one of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy is completely out of your control! This powerful tool is saliva. In most cases, you have no control over your saliva production and yet it takes care of your oral health in multiple ways. Learn more about the benefits of saliva and how you can make sure your child is producing enough.
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