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Oral Health Considerations for Special Needs Children

December 14, 2023

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Two special needs children playing with toys

As a parent or guardian of a child with special needs, you likely have a busy schedule and a full emotional load. Hopefully, you have a supportive group of family, friends, and medical professionals around to help both you and your young one. That group should also include a pediatric dentist because, often, children with special needs are at a higher risk of oral health problems. Read on below to learn more about this connection and what you can do to help your young one keep their smile as healthy as possible.

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Can a Lip or Tongue Tie Cause Colic?

December 13, 2023

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Mother holding her crying baby

Infants are expected to cry. Excessive crying, however, can be a major contributor to exhaustion and frustration in parents. If your baby seems to be crying more than they should, and your efforts to help them find relief are not yielding much success, it may be worth your time to have your child evaluated for a lip or tongue tie. What are these conditions, and what is their connection with colic? This blog post explains.

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Nursing Nightmare: 2 Myths About Breastfeeding and How Your Dentist Can Help

November 28, 2023

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Woman in light brown sweater nursing a newborn

Though nursing your newborn can be a tender bonding experience, many new mothers struggle with it. Whether their child doesn’t ever seem satisfied, or they feel too achy to try anymore, there are many indicators that something isn’t quite right. In many cases, the baby has a tongue tie or other oral problem affecting them.

Often when new mothers reach out for help, however, they’re told that soreness while breastfeeding is normal or that they simply need to toughen up and give it time. This response dismisses the possibility that there may be a real dilemma, but fortunately, a dentist may be able to help! Keep reading to learn 2 myths about breastfeeding that could do more harm than good.

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Lip & Tongue-Ties: Do They Go Away on Their Own?

November 22, 2023

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a father holding his baby

Today, lip and tongue-ties are becoming more commonly diagnosed in infants, largely due to the mass movement of parents educating themselves on the signs to look out for. Not only can this problem lead to excessive fussiness and digestion issues, but it can also cause painful and uncomfortable breastfeeding experiences. Once you notice these signs, what should you do? Do lip and tongue-ties need to be treated, or can they resolve themselves on their own? Read on to get the answers to these important questions.

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Why Is Detecting Oral Health Problems Early in Children So Important?

October 13, 2023

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Baby smiles

A child’s oral health starts developing early on, and these early years do much to set the stage for their well-being throughout the rest of their life. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dentist’s appointment by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth erupting. Here’s what these early-life dental exams can do to help keep your child happy and healthy for decades to come.

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How Long Is the Recovery For a Frenectomy?

August 9, 2023

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child with a tongue tie

Finding out that your child needs a frenectomy may not be the best news you’ll hear; however, knowing that the procedure is quick and virtually painless helps to reduce fears for you and your child. But exactly how long will it take for them to recover? What can you and your child expect in the days and weeks after surgery? To help answer these questions, a pediatric dentist is here to explain what you can expect when it comes to the timeframe for your little one to begin using their lip and/or tongue normally.

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Can Silver Diamine Fluoride Minimize the Risk of Cavities?

July 14, 2023

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Your child’s smile deserves optimal protection. Because their oral hygiene habits are still developing, and their diets often consist more of sugar than greens, cavities can easily form, creating potential problems for their future smiles. Fortunately, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is now being used by dental professionals more and more to not only treat cavity-stricken teeth but minimize the possibility of future ones forming. Read on to learn more about SDF and what it can do to improve your child’s smile.

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FAQs About Sedation Dentistry for Kids, Answered!

June 15, 2023

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Mom and son smiling while talking to dentist

Does your child have a fear of needles? Do they struggle with dental-related anxiety or have a condition that makes it near impossible for them to stay calm and comfortable in the treatment chair? If so, you may have heard that dental sedation can help. Whether you’re considering nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or general anesthesia, it’s completely normal to have questions on your mind beforehand. The good news is that you can learn the answers to frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry for kids right here!

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How to Remove a Loose Baby Tooth

May 27, 2023

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excited child with a missing tooth

Losing the first teeth is a memorable occasion for both children and their parents. It’s a right of passage, and it’s one of the first indicators that your little baby is starting to get older.

However, this can also present a little bit of a problem for parents who wonder when and how to help the tooth come out. If you’re curious, here’s some information you may find useful regarding pulling baby teeth.

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The Best Way to Brush Your Child’s Teeth

May 4, 2023

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child brushing their teeth with their parent

If you’re a parent to a toddler, you may be starting to think more carefully about the quality of their oral health. As their baby teeth start to come in, oral hygiene and visits to the dentist become increasingly important.

Eventually, you’ll have to cross a fairly large hurdle—starting to brush your child’s teeth. Getting a rowdy toddler to sit still for two minutes at a time can sound like a tall order, but it’s definitely doable. Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to make brushing your child’s teeth as easy as possible.

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