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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4 tips to stop kids from grinding 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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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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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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Baby tooth knocked loose, What should I do?

Baby Tooth Knocked Loose AKA subluxation In continuation of our dental trauma series, I’d like to talk about dental “concussion” and “subluxation”. These two types of dental trauma are the most common dental injuries I see in the office. Basically, the individual falls forward and “bangs” the tooth (or teeth) on some type of surface…

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What causes toddler cavities?

My toddler has cavities! But why? We have almost all had a cavity at sometime, 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 culprit…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Cut or Bitten tongue, lip or cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.   Baby tooth knocked loose, What should I do? 4 Things to do if your…

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What to do if your child has a toothache?

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen…

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