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Tips to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

January 20, 2020

Reduce/Eliminate a Soother and Thumb Sucking Habit 

Both a soother and finger or thumb sucking both cause suction and put pressure on the jaw, which is fragile while still growing. These habits can both cause the palate to rise and the upper jaw to become narrow, causing issues with the bite and the way the teeth close together. Often these habits at an early age can lead to the need for braces later on. Try to remove the soother around two years old and stop the finger/thumb sucking habit as soon as you notice it. 

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Is a Crown Necessary for My Child’s Baby Tooth?

November 4, 2019

Why would my child’s tooth need a crown?

There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend placing a crown on your child’s tooth. The main reason is if the cavity on the tooth is large. Baby teeth are not just smaller versions of adult teeth. They have thinner layers of enamel, the protective outer layer. A thinner layer means that a cavity can grow and affect the nerve of the tooth faster than it could in an adult tooth. Once a cavity gets close to the nerve, it will likely need nerve treatment, often called a “baby root canal” this is not as invasive as an adult root canal, but it does leave the tooth weaker and more prone to breakage if not protected. Cavities often occur on more than one surface of a tooth, so instead of placing multiple fillings on one tiny tooth, a crown would cover all of the surfaces. The crown will protect the tooth from future decay and breakage.

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How to Care for Baby Teeth

July 12, 2019

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Brushing and Flossing

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Brushing, flossing and sometimes even mouth washing are all crucial factors involved in an adequate at-home oral hygiene regimen. Brushing and flossing help to reduce bacterial build up on the teeth and gums, which reduces susceptibility to cavities and gum inflammation. It is recommended to brush at least twice a day and to floss at least once a day. Make sure to help your child brush and floss their teeth until around the age of 8. Begin using fluoridated toothpaste around the age of 3 (about the size of a grain of rice.) If your child is particularly cavity prone, try incorporating a daily fluoride mouthwash to help prevent further cavities.

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