If you’ve heard about fluoride at a dental office recently, it’s probably because this naturally-occurring mineral plays a big role in preventing tooth decay. Fluoride works by strengthening tooth enamel and making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Whether or not your child needs extra fluoride depends on a variety of factors (heredity being one of them), but overall there is a pretty well-established correlation between more
Every dentist wants to ensure children’s teeth are as healthy as possible, and one of the first preventive measures they will usually recommend is dental sealants. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first and second set of permanent molars, which generally come in at 6 and 12 years of age. But what are dental sealants, how do they work, and why should you choose them for your child? Dental sealants are hardened plas
We’ve all heard the harm that kids sleeping with a baby bottle or sippy cup can do, and we know the dangers that thumb-sucking can pose for kids’ dental health, but one thing you never think about is baby teeth grinding…until you hear it for the first time! Should you Worry about Your Baby Damaging Their Teeth? For the most part, parents don’t mind what their kids are doing when they sleep, so long as they’re sleeping -- but is teeth grinding (or “bruxism”) bad for them? Sinc
While the arrival of your little one’s teeth might seem like a scattered and chaotic experience with very little in the way of predictable outcomes, there is a method to the madness! So, let’s find out which teeth come in when with this handy-dandy tooth eruption guide -- courtesy of the American Dental Association.
With both the primary and permanent teeth eruption guides below, our journey through the mouth begins with our “front teeth” (the central incisors), and move
When it comes to satisfying the late-night cravings of your little ones, you’ve probably got a list of go-to items that satisfy. You may be overlooking some really great options, though, and possibly giving others that aren’t always the best choice. So, this month, let’s take a look at a few good bedtime snacks for kids that’ll keep their teeth in good shape, their bellies full (but not too full!) and their little bodies in the right place for a good solid night’s sleep! Wh
“Take care of your teeth, and they’ll last a lifetime.” Sometimes, though, our habits get the best of us – and our teeth – and those habits often begin wreaking havoc long before we know they’re harmful. As parents we have the ability to pass on a bit of that wisdom early in the game, so our kids don’t suffer the same consequences we may have experienced: broken, discolored or decayed teeth. Here are the top ten things (in no particular order) your kids are doing right now