Summer is a busy time for kids and parents. While you are out there enjoying fun in the sun, here are a few dental tips to keep in mind:
We’ve all been guilty, at one time or another, of hanging onto a toothbrush. It’s one of those chores that is easily forgotten. But how often should you replace your toothbrush?
We all know that baby teeth aren’t permanent, but you may not be aware of how to handle an injury to a baby tooth. Here are some tips from Northwest Children’s Dentistry.
Do you have a child who is anxious about the dentist? Many of our young patients feel at least a little nervous. We already wrote one blog post about how the words we use as pediatric dentists can affect your child’s visit. But did you know that your words matter too?
A recent study found that if parents and other caregivers talk about the dentist in terms of anxiety, it will in turn make the child more anxious. So if you ask a child, “Are you scared of the dentist?” you are increasing his anxiety about seeing the dentist. The child might not have even thought to be scared before you mentioned it.
Do you have a young one who still sucks his/her thumb or uses a pacifier? These habits are normal for infants and toddlers. However, some young children become very dependent on thumb sucking or pacifier use. Many children stop on their own, but if your child is still harboring these habits into their preschool years, it may be time for parents to get involved.
Summer is a time when many families consider dental appointments for their kids. Northwest Children’s Dentistry is currently accepting new patients. Feel free to give us a call at (520) 544-8522 to to schedule an appointment!
As summer approaches, many parents will want to make sure to keep their kids hydrated as they engage in sports and other outdoor activities. We want to remind you that although it’s tempting to load your kid up on juice during the summer months, juice should only be given to your child in moderation. Too much juice, even 100% fruit juice, can aggregate tooth decay in otherwise healthy teeth.
As your child grows, so do the placement of their teeth. Some children will eventually need braces. While a pediatric dentist can help with most dental health problems, orthodontists specialize in braces and other improper bite issues.
To paraphase Shakespeare, a rose called any other name would still smell as sweet, right? While that may be true, the words we use to talk to children can have a huge impact on their perceptions. That’s why here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we try to talk to children in a way that creates a positive mental image of going to the dentist.
When your baby sprouts her first bottom and top teeth, it’s the beginning of teeth grinding. Babies, toddlers, and even older kids can get in the habit of grinding their teeth. It’s a way for young children to explore their changing mouth landscape.
But will teeth grinding harm your child’s teeth in any permanent way?