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What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment

Welcome new patients!  We get a lot of questions about what to expect at your first pediatric dental appointment.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you visit a dentist by the time they turn 1 year old. Here’s what to expect when you visit our office: Welcoming environment.  We know that visiting a doctor or dentist can be intimidating for kids and parents alike, so we make our office as welcoming as possible.  Enjoy the comfort of the waiting room and the bright colors of our dental bays. Encouraging questions.  We hope you come prepared with...

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Encouraging Your Child to Floss and Brush Teeth

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

Encouraging Your Child to Floss and Brush Teeth

Do you have a reluctant brusher or flosser?  A child who drags their feet to brush their teeth in the morning or at night?  Here are some tips to try to encourage your young child to brush more often. Make brushing and flossing part of a daily routine.  Making brushing a natural part of every day will help reinforce to your child it’s just something they do, like getting dressed in the morning. Let them pick out dental supplies.  Young kids are more likely to opt in if they have choice.  Let them choose a favorite color toothbrush or a different kind of fluoride toothpaste. ...

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Tooth Grinding and Your Child’s Teeth

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

Tooth Grinding and Your Child’s Teeth

Some of our young patients have a problem with tooth grinding.  You might hear your own child rubbing their teeth together.  The sound alone can make a parent go crazy. Fortunately, tooth grinding is a common occurrence in young children. It may sound bad, but the child often stops doing it around 6 years old, wearing away only their baby teeth.  This makes any treatment to stop tooth grinding in young children usually unnecessary. If your teenager has a tooth grinding problem, you may want to consider using a night guard.  A night guard is a thin piece of plastic, often molded to your...

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Sign Up for Summer 2019 Dental Appointments

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

Sign Up for Summer 2019 Dental Appointments

With the snow falling recently, you may not think it’s time to think of summery weather.  Summer, however, is one of our busiest times of year.  Parents love to schedule appointments when school’s out, and they can fill up fast.  So if you want a summer appointment, now’s the time to call ahead. Give your pediatric dentists at Northwest Children’s Dentistry a call at (520) 544-8522.  If you have questions about your dental insurance, be sure to ask our friendly staff.  We’re happy to see familiar and new smiles at our office this summer! As your...

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Permanent Tooth Coming in Behind Baby Tooth

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

Permanent Tooth Coming in Behind Baby Tooth

Children experience a lot of minor issues as they lose baby tooth and their permanent teeth come in.  One thing you might see is that the permanent tooth comes in before the baby tooth is out.  What should a parent do? Called “shark teeth,” this is actually a fairly common and harmless condition.  It happens most often with the child’s front teeth, although it can happen elsewhere.  If the baby tooth is loose, encourage your child to wiggle it out.  If the tooth is not very loose, that means the baby tooth’s roots may still be in place.  Please call our office...

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When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

As your pediatric dentists in Tucson, we handle many of your child’s dental needs.  If your kid needs braces, however, you must see an orthodontist to correct those issues.  When does this occur? The answer really will depend on your child, but as a general rule, many children can wait until all permanent teeth have come in before beginning orthodontic therapy. This usually occurs at around 10 to 13 years of age.  However, there are some specific cases in which a child could benefit from orthodontic intervention as early as 5 years of age.   We will help you navigate this process...

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