Two minutes, twice a day. What could be simpler, right? The ADA recommends we all brush our teeth for two minutes twice a day, but for kids, this simple task isn’t always so simple. Little hands can struggle to work a toothbrush well enough to reach every nook and cranny on every tooth. Also, a million distractions can keep kids from standing still for those couple of minutes. Worry not! We’re here to help.

If your child’s brushing habits could use some help, consider these 5 benefits of using an electric toothbrush for kids.

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Have you ever seen a child in the grocery store with their shoes on the wrong feet and shirt on backward?   Chances are that they insisted on getting dressed “all by themselves.” Kids love to assert their “big kid” status around 4 years of age, so it’s not uncommon for battles around brushing teeth to start at this age.  But at what age should kids brush their own teeth really?

No one-size answer fits all kids, but here are 4 questions to help you decide.

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Why Pulling Baby Teeth with Cavities is NOT Your Dentist’s First Choice

As a parent, you try to do all the right things for your child.  You help your child brush and floss, you offer teeth-healthy snacks, and you only let them drink water, yet despite all your efforts, your toddler or child has cavities in their baby teeth.  You and your child are not alone. In fact, almost 30% of children 2 to 5 years of age get dental caries in their primary teeth. That number jumps to a little over  50% for children 6 to 11 years of age!   

Since these teeth eventually loosen and fall out anyway, you may be tempted to ask your dentist to pull a decayed primary tooth. However, pulling baby teeth with cavities rarely is the best option. 

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Is your child afraid of the dentist?  

Raise your hand and cover your mouth if you’ve ever dreaded a trip to the dentist.  If you’re like 60% of the population, you just raised your hand. More than half of us have some amount of dental anxiety.  Not surprisingly, your child might be afraid of the dentist, too. Allowing this fear to continue or get worse can adversely affect your child’s oral health for decades to come.  Indeed, nearly 20% of children under the age of 18 have untreated cavities, and fear is reported as one of the major reasons why they are left untreated.  Luckily, dental anxiety can be overcome!  Read more

Many parents feel nothing but fear and dread when faced with packing back-to-school lunches.  It’s no wonder. We’re faced with finding healthy foods that kids will actually eat. (Raise your hand if the perfectly nutritious lunch you packed with love ever came back home untouched.  While we, unfortunately, don’t have a magic solution for all your lunchtime woes, we do have four tips on how to make sure your kids’ lunch choices are healthy for their teeth. Read more

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) Stops Tooth Decay Without Drilling!

Imagine treating your child’s cavity without subjecting them to the dental drill.  This dream can be a reality with silver diamine fluoride (SDF).  SDF has been used to treat and prevent cavities painlessly in Japan and the UK for decades, and now this exciting dental treatment has been FDA approved in the US.  How does it work?  Whom is it right for?  What are the downsides?  Keep reading to find out! Read more

Here’s Why Baby Teeth Need Fillings or SDF Treatment

It’s tempting to ignore a cavity in a baby tooth.  We get it.  After all, baby teeth are just going to fall out eventually, so what does it matter? We hear this question often in our pediatric dental office. The risks of leaving a decaying baby tooth untreated are real and serious, though.  Likewise, pulling a baby tooth prematurely isn’t without negative consequences, either. Thus, arresting the decay is the best option, either through the use of a filling or SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride). Below are five main reasons why baby teeth need need attention when decay strikes, along with two options we offer.
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Choosing the Best Children’s Toothbrush: Manual and Electric

Not all toothbrushes are created equal, and choosing the best children’s toothbrush means looking at more than what cartoon character is on the handle. And this is one place where size does indeed matter! Choosing the right brush for your child is important for their oral health, since children’s teeth are still developing.  Below we cover the top considerations for both manual and electric toothbrushes, recommended by dentists, to help you choose wisely.

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Three Tips to Prevent Mouth Injuries

Active kids are healthy, happy kids.  Unfortunately, though, active kids are also at risk for mouth injuries. Kids who play sports risk chipping, cracking, and even knocking out a tooth.

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Children with Special Health Care Needs and Dental Visit Success

All children require experienced care when visiting the dentist. Many children (and adults!) have anxiety about seeing the dentist. For those with emotional, cognitive, developmental and/or physical impairments

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