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Fact or Fiction: The Scoop on Lip and Tongue-Ties

April 18, 2024

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Everyone seems to be talking about lip and tongue-ties. With health topics being something of a fad these days, you might be wondering what information has been telephoned down from the internet. Wonder no longer! Just keep reading to get the scoop from your Papillion pediatric dentist’s perspective.

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Frenectomy? Frenotomy? Which is Which?

April 11, 2024

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Baby looking surprised

As a parent, there’s a lot to learn. There are plenty of books and blogs out there to pore through, and even still it’s easy to miss some smaller things.

One of the benefits of having a pediatric dentist on your side is that you have someone knowledgeable to ask about your child’s oral health. For example, you have heard about “frenectomies” and “frenotomies” and wondered about the difference. Here’s what you should know about them, as well as how you can tell the difference.

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Royal Recovery: Helping Kids Bounce Back After Getting a Dental Crown

March 15, 2024

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Child patient smiling with their dental crown

Dental crowns are a royal treatment for tiny teeth, protecting and strengthening them after damage or decay. But what happens after your child receives one? The recovery process is crucial for ensuring their comfort and the longevity of the crown. If you want to ensure that your little highness bounces back with ease, continue reading. You’ll find expert tips for helping them get back to smiling in no time!

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Smiling Science: 5 Health Benefits of Flashing Your Pearly Whites

February 9, 2024

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Group of children smiling

Smiling isn’t just the most glowing attribute of your child anymore. Research from Wayne State University and other institutions suggest that it can positively affect their health in many ways! But what benefits could your tyke gain from the simple act of garnering a grin? If you’re curious what scientists have to say about the health benefits of smiles, continue reading.

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Will a Chipped Tooth Heal?

January 3, 2024

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Young girl with dental painAccidents can happen with no warning. A fun day at the park or enjoying a crunchy snack can lead to a chipped tooth. If your little one breaks a tooth, don’t panic! Even if the damage seems minor and your child isn’t in any pain, it’s still a dental emergency. Their tooth won’t grow back and they can be at risk of serious complications without prompt treatment from a pediatric dentist. Here’s what you can expect when fixing a chipped tooth.

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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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