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 […]

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 […]

Reducing Children’s Dental Phobias, Part 2: The Distraction Technique

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Another method of behavioral management commonly used by pediatric dentists is known as the distraction technique.  This technique distracts a child from something they may feel uncomfortable with while refocusing their attention on a more positive and competing sensory experience.  One example of this technique that is often used is when administering injections for dental […]

Reducing Children’s Dental Phobias, Part 1: The Tell-Show-Do Technique

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It is well understood that dental anxieties and phobias in adults result in the avoidance of dental care.  Furthermore, it is often the case that dental fears in adults are caused by unaddressed fears or instilled traumas associated with dental care in children.   Pediatric dentists receive specialty training in a variety of psychotherapeutic interventions to help […]

Pediatric Dental Whitening Techniques

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If possible, the easiest way of having beautiful white teeth is to keep them from discoloring in the first place.  When it comes to kids teeth, the 2 most common types of discoloration are: Intrinsic Discoloration – This type of discoloration is caused when the supportive structure of the tooth (underlying dentin) darkens or develops […]

Dr. Mike’s Simple Tips to Avoiding Cavities

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Adhering to these basic recommendations and forming good habits early on is the best means of avoiding cavities.  Use the following tips to help ensure proper oral health throughout childhood and beyond. Eat a Healthy and Well Balanced Diet Eating nutritious and balanced meals while limiting unhealthy snacks, is one important key to both good […]

 
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