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?
Despite our best efforts to keep our children safe, accidents do occur. Here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we see young patients who have sustained injuries that affected their teeth.
One thing that can occur is a child may chip or fracture a tooth. This means part of the tooth remains in the mouth, while the rest has fallen out. So what do you do when this happens?
As pediatric dentists at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we receive a lot of questions about safe pacifier use with children. We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists’ recommendations. Sucking on a thumb or pacifier is natural for young children and most children will stop on their own. We generally discourage the use of pacifiers after age 3.
Here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we are firm believers that prevention is an important element in your child’s oral health success. We discuss your child’s nutrition at every appointment because as they grow, what they eat and drink are likely to change.
When you think of brushing your child’s teeth, you may only be thinking of those pearly whites. While it is important to brush your child’s teeth at least two times a day, it’s also important to brush your child’s tongue.
When you think of dental fillings, you may conjure up an image silver or gold metal over your pearly whites. In our day and age, however, many types of filling materials are available. Metal free fillings have become popular because of their ability to restore a tooth while blending naturally with the rest of your child’s smile. Composed of tooth-colored composite resin material, metal free fillings can be used to repair cavity-ridden, chipped, broken or cracked teeth.
Every holiday season, we here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry like to offer advice on how to get your child’s teeth through the holidays. Holidays generally bring more sugar into our kids’ lives, and that’s especially true at Halloween.