Not all dentists are created equal. And when it comes to choosing a dentist to care for your child’s dental health, that’s certainly the case! Throughout our country you’ll find many pediatric dentists, but – within that community – there’s a smaller collection of dentists that are board-certified in pediatric dentistry, which means that they’ve…Read more
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
When your baby’s first teeth appear, it’s an exciting time! There are so many hallmarks in a small child’s life and getting teeth is certainly one of them! The appearance of those first tiny white nubs mean that- before long – your child will be transitioning from just breast milk or formula to baby food…Read more
FAQ about Your Child’s Baby Teeth
When you have a child – especially your first – everything is new and wonderful! In many instances, you simply don’t know what to expect, so each day brings something amazing and different. From the first coo to those first incredible steps, everything about that little one is miraculous. And that includes those tiny little…Read more
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…Read more
7 Dental Problems in Babies
When you become a parent there are so many questions you face when it comes to caring for your new baby. Caring for your baby’s mouth and teeth as they erupt is more important than you would think. There are many things you can do to help your baby begin their journey to a lifetime…Read more
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…Read more
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! There are over five million teeth avulsed each year due to absence of a mouthguard or even an improperly…Read more
Loose Teeth and What You Need to Know
Many times here at Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry we get asked about loose tooth in children and what a parent should do. Here are some important tips on what you need to know about loose teeth! What do I do if my child’s tooth is pushed back? Your child’s pediatric dentist must address any variety of…Read more
When Should Kids Start Flossing?
It is a common question we get asked a lot! Flossing. When do we start? How do we do it? Here at Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry we love to answer questions! It is a part our job to give parents the resources and information they need so their child has the greatest success at having a…Read more
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…Read more
How to Choose the Right Electric Toothbrush For Your Child!
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. You just keep in mind that children have…Read more
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…Read more
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. I am going to go over the five most…Read more
First Dental Visit by the First Birthday!
Here at Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry, we hear this question all the time. It may seem silly because maybe your baby only has a few teeth but these first visits are very important. You can think of it as a regular checkup like the ones you would take them to with their pediatrician. According to the…Read more
Brushing Teeth Calendar for Kiddos
Help your child make brushing their teeth part of their daily routine. Make this year something to smile about! Download our valentines calender to help your child remember to brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily. Four ADA recommendations for a healthy mouth Your child should use a soft toothbrush and…Read more
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. Below are bad foods for your child’s teeth and some may surprise you! 6 bad foods for teeth Here…Read more
A Child’s First Dental Exam: What to Know
You may be wondering, “What happens at my child’s first dental exam?” When you begin taking your child to the pediatric dentist at a young age, you will set your child up for a healthy dental behaviors that continue on throughout their life. Your first dental visit for your child to Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry should…Read more
How Do I Find a Pediatric Dentist Near Me?
If you are looking for a pediatric dentist near you in Anchorage, Alaska it is important to know what type of services they offer. A pediatric dentist is able to provide many services related to checkups and filling cavities. They teach children and parents how to take care of their teeth so they can prevent…Read more
How to Correctly Brush Your Child’s Teeth!
As the holiday season begins to come to a close, you are probably starting to think about resolutions for 2020. 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 2020, the pediatric dentists at Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry want…Read more
The 5 Stages of Tooth Decay
Did you know there are five stages of tooth decay? And, that in the first phase of decay it is possible to reverse a cavity naturally. Indeed, it’s true. In the first phase of tooth decay, whether you are a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via your toothpaste and even the local…Read more
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.…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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. We will discuss in this article when orthodontic treatment should start. Braces between the age of 2-6 years old Stage I – Early…Read more
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. I will go over four tips to help stop kids from grinding their teeth. Does Your Child Grind His Teeth At Night? Referred to as Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um)…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
Four Signs 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…Read more
Baby tooth knocked loose, What should I do?
If you are reading this your child probably has a tooth knocked loose. Do not panic! The two types of dental trauma injuries that result from a fall involving trauma to the mouth are a dental concussion and dental subluxation. These two types of dental trauma are the most common dental injuries I see in…Read more
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? What causes toddler cavities? 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…Read more
Knocked out Baby Tooth
Dental Trauma and injuries: Part 1 The most commonly knocked out baby tooth/ teeth are the top front teeth. Whether it is your toddler learning to walk (remember the days of the “zombie” walk?) or chasing his/her sibling and running into a coffee table, those top front teeth especially the two middle teeth are in…Read more
Bleeding after a baby tooth falls out
How do I stop bleeding after my child’s baby tooth falls out? Children often start losing teeth around the age of six. Usually, the two bottom teeth will fall out first since teeth tend to fall out in the order they came in. 1. Fold a clean piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over…Read more
Possible broken jaw in Children
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room. Typical causes of a Broken Jaw in children Bicycle Falls Car Accidents Sports A punch to the jaw Typical signs & symptoms of a broken jaw Bruising, swelling and sourness along the jaw…Read more
My child knocked out a permanent tooth! Help!
My child knocked out a permanent tooth! Help! We get these calls all the time. Do not worry you came to the right place! As a continuation of our dental trauma series, we will be discussing the what-to-do’s if you or your child knocked out or “avulsed” a permanent tooth. The two front teeth are…Read more
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention! Call us at (907)562-1003Read more