The best foods for kids in braces

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When a child gets new braces, it’s a big adjustment, that involves not only getting used to what their new mouth feels like, but also changing their diet. Foods that are too crunchy or sticky can break off brackets or damage wires, as can biting straight into hard foods. These foods are also harder to […]

What makes a patient’s bite “ideal?

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Many people may not realize that their or their child’s bite is not ideal because they’ve grown into their teeth slowly overtime and have gotten used to their current bite. When an orthodontist is evaluating someone’s teeth, they’re looking not only for straightness, but correct alignment. A patient can have straight teeth, but a bite […]

Don’t Ignore Lost Baby Teeth!

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Baby teeth are not only useful for eating and talking, they also serve as guides for permanent teeth. Baby teeth are vital to a child’s future dental health and can help permanent teeth to grow in properly. If a baby tooth comes out prematurely, adjacent teeth may try to move into the space left by […]

Infant Oral Health

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A new baby is exciting and can fill a house with joy, though babies also mean many things to keep track of while finding a new household routine. In between the doctors appointments and adjusting life schedules, taking care of baby teeth may not register on a new parent’s radar. Parents may not realize that […]

Are my child’s teeth coming in at the right time?

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Parents of new babies have a lot to keep track of to make sure their child is healthy and happy. Oral health is part of this process. Primary or baby teeth start forming shortly after a child has been born and will first appear typically between 6 months and 10 months of age. These primary […]

Ways To Reduce Pain From Braces

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It’s common for patients who first get their braces put on to have some mild pain for a few days as their mouth gets used to the new appliances in their mouth. While this pain should be mild, for some people, particularly children, it may be helpful to try and find ways to reduce it […]

Why Your Child Should See a Pediatric Dentist

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Many people may not realize that there is a difference between general dentists and pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have completed dental school and then undertaken an additional 2-3 years of training specifically in treating children. This includes not only clinical pediatric training, but child psychology as well to enable the most effective communication with children. […]

What is Dental Space Maintenance?

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A pediatric dentist or orthodontist may tell you that you or your child require space maintenance, which is exactly what it sounds like. Children often lose primary teeth early and it is important to maintain the space between their remaining primary teeth for permanent teeth that have yet to erupt. In adults, tooth crowding may […]

Why Orthodontic Retention Is So Important

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So you’ve finished your treatment for braces or Invisalign and you’re excited to finally show off your smile! Your orthodontist gives you a new retainer with instructions on how often you’ll need to wear it and for a while you do, but then, you wear it less and less or perhaps even lose it. One […]

The Importance of Mouth Guards for Student Athletes

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Mouth guards are plastic appliances used by athletes during practice and games to prevent injuries to their teeth, cheeks, tongue and jaws. Depending on the sport, the athlete may be at risk for chipped teeth, broken crowns, cut cheeks and lips, root damage, fractured jaws and even concussions. Multiple studies have shown that dental trauma […]

 
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