Should Cavities in Baby Teeth Be Filled?

Many times I get asked if it is really necessary to do fillings on their child’s baby teeth? They tend to think since baby teeth fall out it won’t really matter if the tooth is not filled. Unfortunately this assumption is false. This will often lead to the neglect of primary teeth and may cause permanent…

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How to care for dental sealants?

How to care for dental sealants? A sealant is a clear or white coating that covers the deep pits and grooves on the chewing surface of teeth. The Sealants help to keep out plaque and bacteria decreasing the risk of decay. The goal with sealants is to maintain cavity free teeth for a lifetime!  Since…

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Sealants and the Prevention of Dental Decay

Sealants are a great prevention tool that can really reduce your child’s risk for decay. With that being said, what are sealants? The sealant is a tool that the pediatric dentist uses to prevent decay. The sealant is made of a liquid resin material that can be flowed into the pits and grooves of back…

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7 Dental Problems in Babies

Q. When should my child first see a dentist?  A: “First visit by first birthday” sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.  Q.…

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How to floss with braces

While wearing braces it is even more important to make sure you are brushing and flossing properly. It takes a big commitment to make sure teeth stay healthy.  It will take up to three times as long to clean your teeth but it is very important because there are more surfaces for plaque and bacteria to hide…

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Mouth Guards: 4 Reason to Wear One During Sports

While playing sports it is important to wear a mouth guard in order to decrease the risk of mouth or jaw injuries. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year! Here are four reasons why you should always wear a mouth guard while playing sports. 1.  Mouth Guards Protect…

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Loose Teeth and What You Need to Know

What do I do if my child’s tooth is pushed back? Your child’s pediatric dentist must address any variety of tooth movement within the first 24 hours after the injury. Many times they can reposition baby teeth within the first couple of hours. The bone may firm up If you wait too long, and the…

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When should kids start flossing?

What age should kids floss? When your children reach the ages of around 2 to 3 years old or when two of their teeth begin touching this is a sign that you should begin flossing. Floss Test for toddlers A simple test you can perform is to take a piece of floss and slide it…

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Should you pull your child’s tooth?

Most children begin to lose teeth around age six, but some can lose teeth as early as four years old and as late as eight. The general rule is the first one in, first one out. Your child will most likely lose them in the order they erupted. They will start wiggling and it may…

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How to choose the right electric toothbrush for your child!

Find the best electric toothbrush for your kid There are many choices of electric toothbrushes on the market nowadays. It may take trying some out to find the one that works best for your child. Some are louder than others, some have softer or harder bristles, some vibrate harder or softer against your child’s gums.…

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Causes of Bleeding Gums in Children

Bleeding gums in children are never normal When flossing your toddler’s teeth they may experience some bleeding and even think it’s ok, BUT IT IS NOT!  It is important to understand that bleeding is not normal, for toddlers or adults, and can be a clue that something is wrong. At Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry, we examine…

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The 5 Most Common Dental Issues in Children

As the needs change for children’s dental health as they grow, so do possible dental issues they may experience. By understanding what these potential problems maybe you are a long way ahead of helping your children what is necessary to prevent them in the first place. Here are the five most common dental problems seen…

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Six Surprising Bad Foods For Your Child’s Teeth

Everyone knows and has been told numerous times that sugar is bad for our children’s teeth. Many foods are less obvious than candy and soda and that can result in cavities at their next dental appointment. 6 bad foods for teeth Here are six foods that can cause the most trouble for your children’s teeth…

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How do I Find a Pediatric Dentist Near Me?

If you are looking for a children’s dentist in Anchorage, Alaska it is important to know what type services they offer. A pediatric dentist is able to provide services related to checkups and filling cavities. They teach children and parents how to take care of their teeth so they can prevent serious oral health problems.…

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Stop Bad Brushing Habits in 2019

As the holiday season begins to come to a close, you are probably starting to think about resolutions for 2019. It may be eating healthier or starting a budget, it’s a great time to set these goals. While you are making a list of resolutions for 2019, Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry wants to give you some…

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How to clean your tongue

Imagine it’s still winter … you’re standing at the door, ready to brave the cold. You’re layered-up with three shirts and a sweatshirt, your heavy winter coat, and two layers of socks underneath your waterproof winter boots. Then you’ve got those awesome jeans with the flannel on the inside, your comfy hat, scarf, and gloves.…

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How does Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Work?

Our pediatric dentists’ first consideration when it comes to a child receiving pediatric sedation dentistry is safety. Pediatric dentists recommend sedation for long, complex procedures especially for patients who are young or very nervous. Sedation is typically a very safe procedure. Types of Pediatric Sedation Dentistry The major types of sedation pediatric dentists provide are oral…

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5 Most Common Errors In Brushing Your Teeth

To keep your teeth and mouth healthy, brushing is the most important thing you can do every single day! It is very important to make sure you are brushing correctly or you may miss out on the benefits brushing has on your oral health. 1. Do not use an old or damaged toothbrush. You need…

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When should orthodontic treatment start?

Developing malocclusions, or bad bites, can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age. Braces between the age of 2-6 years old Stage I – Early Treatment: This period of treatment encompasses ages 2 to 6 years.…

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4 Tips to Stop Kids from Grinding Their Teeth (Bruxism)

Bruxism or the nocturnal grinding of teeth is often concerning for Parents.  Often, the first indication is the noise created by the child grinding on their teeth during sleep. Does Your Child Grind His Teeth At Night? Referred to as Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) The parent may notice wear (teeth getting shorter) to the dentition. One theory as…

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Six tips to care for your toddler’s teeth

Caring for your toddler’s teeth should begin early. You must develop the tools and habits that will help your toddler have the best oral health. Begin oral hygiene habits as soon as possible. Use a damp cloth to clean the inside of your baby’s mouth as well as any teeth that may have erupted. Be…

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5 Tips to stop thumbsucking

Sucking is a natural reflex and infants and young children may use thumbs, fingers, pacifiers and other objects on which to suck. It may make them feel secure and happy, or provide a sense of security at difficult periods. Since thumbsucking is relaxing, it may induce sleep. How Does Thumbsucking effect permanent teeth? Thumbsucking that…

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When should you start brushing your baby’s teeth?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tiny tooth pops through the gums to prevent cavities early on. Brush Baby’s Gum with a washcloth Better yet, you can make tooth brushing a routine for baby from the start by brushing baby’s gums with a little finger…

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5 Reasons to Schedule Your Kid’s Back-to-School Dental Exam

Parents, schedule your kid’s dental exam before school starts because of a beautiful ѕmіlе hеlрѕ in winning a mіllіоn hearts. Whеn planning уоur сhіld’ѕ rеturn tо ѕсhооl іn the fаll, аѕ parents уоu hаvе a lіѕt оf ѕuррlіеѕ and рurсhаѕеѕ that nееd tо bе mаdе tо mаkе ѕurе they hаvе everything they nееd tо hаvе…

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Baby Teething Chart

When do Babies Begin Teething? Most babies begin teething somewhere between six to twelve months. Usually, the last primary molar pops through by age three. Please download our Baby Teething Chart Baby Teething Chart:  See When Your Baby’s Teeth Will Come In   UPPER TEETH ERUPT SHED Central incisor 8-12 months 6-7 years Lateral incisor 9-13 months 7-8 years…

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Does my child need braces?

Taking a short break from our Dental Trauma series, I thought I write about something a little more lighthearted and something that you may already be wondering about for your child. “Does my child need braces?” For the most part, you may already know the answer to this question. You see, most orthodontic problems such…

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Four Symptoms of a Teething Baby

Parents always gush over baby’s first tooth, but what you don’t see in the precious picture are the miserable moments leading up to it. A teething baby is one of the most distressing problems that affect little ones and their parents. You are probably aware of the fact that babies’ teeth start growing in a certain…

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Why baby teeth are important!

You may wonder why dentists recommend dental restorations on baby teeth. Aren’t they just going to fall out anyways? While this is true, they serve many important functions prior to being lost. Besides contributing to an esthetic appearance and self-esteem, they are important for: Maintaining space in the jaw for the permanent teeth while guiding…

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What are good snacks my child can have?

Dietary choices not only affect general health and well-being, but dental health as well! Human breast milk has been found to be superior in providing the best possible nutrition for infants. However, as the child grows, other foods are introduced. Once dietary carbohydrates are given to children, ad-lib breast feeding is linked to a higher…

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How teeth affect children’s school performance

Do you know what the most common early childhood disease is? According to National Institutes of Health, dental caries are reported as the most common reason school-aged children are sick. In fact, children are 5 times more likely to develop caries than asthma! Children with poorer oral health are more likely to experience oral pain,…

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What causes toddler cavities?

My toddler has cavities! But why? We have almost all had a cavity at some time, but why do some get more than others? Here is some information and a few tips to help keep your child cavity free: Cavities also called caries or “sugar bugs” by pediatric dentists, are caused by The most likely…

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