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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Posted by & filed under Cavity Prevention, Sugar.

Ah, chocolate. A sweet tasty friend anytime. Alas, an enemy of good oral health all the time.

Or is it? Has this delicious but villainous sweet that serves as the root cause of so many cavities been mislabeled? Recent studies emerging from all over the globe including Japan, England and the United States from impartial nutritionists support the fact that chocolate is effective at fighting cavities, plaque and tooth decay in the mouth.

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Posted by & filed under Oral Health, Piercings, Teenagers.

Piercings are a trendy way for teenagers to fit in with their friends and express themselves. Teens can pierce just about any part of their body, but it can be particularly concerning when your child gets an oral piercing. Tongue, lip and cheek piercings can damage teeth, gums and cause infections that can lead to more serious illnesses. The bottom line is that oral piercings may look cool, but they can cause a lot of issues down the road.

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Posted by & filed under Back to School.

A recent study concluded that students with poor oral health were three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain. On average, dental issues cause children to miss just over two days of school every year. Absences from school can lead to lower grades, and constant oral pain can cause developmental issues and negatively affect children’s confidence. How can you keep your children in school with a healthy smile? Schedule a dental appointment before school begins!

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Posted by & filed under Children's Dentistry, Flossing, Oral Care.

Little girl flossing her teeth

“May the floss be with you.” – Luke Skywalker, if he was a dentist fighting the Cavity Empire

For kids, at first sight tooth floss can look like the funny string dad uses to catch fish or the long handle they use to hold onto balloons.

Putting in their teeth can seem downright silly, like SpongeBob Square Pants silly.

But getting kids comfortable with using floss regularly from the time they get their first teeth can give them an invaluable weapon in the fight against cavities and tooth trouble.

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Posted by & filed under Children's Tooth Extraction, Lost Tooth, Oral Care, Pulled Tooth.

Baby teeth are meant to be lost so that the incoming adult teeth can erupt without issue. Most of the time, baby teeth are lost naturally, or due to an impactful force common in childhood. However, sometimes a baby tooth must be pulled to make room for the incoming adult tooth to avoid crowding and misalignment. If your child has a tooth extracted, they can experience pain and sensitivity in the following days. Follow these tips to keep your child’s mouth clean – and pain free – after they’ve had a tooth pulled.

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Posted by & filed under Dental History.

tooth brush history photo

Toothbrushes are man’s best friend – sorry dogs. In a recent study, voters unanimously chose the toothbrush as the one great invention from recent history that we cannot live without, beating out the microwave, automobile and television. So, where did the toothbrush come from? Have we always brushed our teeth? Let’s find out where our constant tooth companion came from.

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Posted by & filed under Dental Care, Flossing, Oral Care.

Woman flossing

Flossing is an important part of getting a healthy smile and keeping cavities and gum disease away. Yet, a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that just over 50% of Americans floss daily, while nearly 19% don’t floss at all. But why is flossing so important?

Not Flossing Can Lead to Gum Disease

A full flossing routine should include cleaning teeth below the gum line, where dental plaque can go unseen and unreached by toothbrushes. If left untreated, plaque buildup near the root of teeth can lead to gingivitis and tooth loss. Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing are often an early sign of gum disease. People who regularly brush and floss their teeth suffer from gum disease and tooth decay far less than those that do not.

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Posted by & filed under Dental Emergencies, Lost Tooth.

Girl holding her jaw because her tooth hurts

Taking your child to the dentist every six months is a great way to prevent common dental issues from occurring. The regularly scheduled check up lets your dentist identify and treat cavities, perform a deep cleaning of plaque and tartar buildup, and provides you with a road map to better oral care for your child. But, when should you bring your child in for a special visit? Below are a few oral emergencies that require the attention of your dentist as soon as possible.

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