How to Take the Teeth Out of Teething Pain

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Baby biting parent's finger during teething

As I watch my five-week-old daughter (thankfully) sleep peacefully, I’m silently dreading the painful cries and discomfort that are just a few months down the road. Unfortunately, they will be cries she can sink her new teeth into.

Alas, the beauty of baby teeth comes with a rough caveat: There will likely be screams, tears and my own fears of feeling helpless to ease her pain. The teething process can be extremely tough on infants, leading to tender and puffy gums.

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Fluoride: ADA-Recommended Upon First Tooth Arrival

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Smiling baby with two baby teeth

What type of toothpaste should my child brush with?

It’s one of the first questions parents ask themselves and their dentists when they begin teaming with their children on the care of their new teeth. The American Dental Association advises parents go with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in.

It may just be the simplest anion of fluorine, but fluoride is a highly-recommended cavity fighter for young children due to the alarming number of American children suffering from untreated tooth decay. Research by HealthyChild.org shows fluoride can help reduce cavities in children by up to 30 percent.

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The Right Time For Kids to Play Dentist

Posted by & filed under Baby Teeth, Lost Tooth, Pulled Tooth, Uncategorized.

Kid holding a tooth that fell out

Parents, by lack of years of intense study and accreditation, are not dentists.

Children, despite what they might pick up on SpongeBob Square Pants, are definitely not dentists.

But are there instances where parents can be and may need to be their children’s in-house dentist for non-emergency and sentimental family situations that just can’t wait?

Yes, and we’re talking about baby teeth removal.

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The Dentist: Boogeyman or Friend?

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Many kids would rather face the boogeyman or the monster under the bed than take on the scary person with the drill known as their family dentist.

For some, dental phobia is a terrifying, paralyzing fear of dentistry or receiving dental care. And no one is more spooked than the thought of seeing a dentist than kids.

It is perfectly normal for children to be fearful of dentists. As in many childhood firsts, it is the fear of the unknown. Small children often think going to the dentist will hurt, because they don’t know what to expect. And any outside influences that stress the pain associated with visiting the dentist can only compound kids’ fears of seeing someone who is actually their best friend in fighting cavities and taking care of their teeth.

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Baby Teeth Are Temporary, So Are They Really Important?

Posted by & filed under Baby Teeth, Cavity Prevention, Infant Oral Care, Primary Teeth.

We often hear people downplay the importance of primary teeth (also called “baby” or “milk” teeth).  The front 4 primary teeth generally last until 6-7 years of age, while the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.  People mistakenly believe that since these teeth are temporary, that they do not matter in the long run.  This will often lead to the neglect of primary teeth and can cause permanent damage.

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7 Tips for Teething Babies

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Teething can be an uncomfortable time for babies, with little gums experiencing tenderness and swelling as emerging teeth break through the surface.  In light of a recent FDA warning against using lidocaine for teething infants, we wanted to put together a few helpful tips for managing this sometimes-difficult time for your child.

Massage sore gums.

Gently rubbing your baby’s tender gums with a clean finger or soft cloth can help alleviate some teething pain.  Applying slight pressure to the gums offers temporary relief from soreness and is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your child more comfortable.

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Four False “Facts” About Baby Teeth

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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about a child’s first teeth.  Primary teeth, also called milk teeth or baby teeth, are the temporary teeth that end up under pillows and provide plenty of business for the tooth fairy!  Here are four myths about baby teeth that every parent should know:

#1 Baby teeth aren’t important.

Many parents mistakenly believe that baby teeth are less important than permanent teeth because they are just going to “fall out anyway”.  But baby teeth serve a very important purpose as place-holders in growing mouths during early years of development.  They help maintain the proper structure of the mouth in providing a guide for permanent teeth to move in behind them when the time comes.  A baby tooth lost too early can lead to crowding of adult teeth, for example.

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Since Baby Teeth Are Temporary, Are They Important?

Posted by & filed under Baby Teeth, Infant Oral Care, Oral Care.

We often hear people downplay the importance of primary teeth (also called “baby” or “milk” teeth).  The front 4 primary teeth generally last until 6-7 years of age, while the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.  People mistakenly believe that since these teeth are temporary, that they do not matter in the long run.  This will often lead to the neglect of primary teeth and can cause permanent damage.

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