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Shiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Blog

4 Oral Hygiene Products for Braces This Children’s Dental Health Month

January 3, 2024

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closeup of smile with braces

February is Children’s Dental Health Month, a time for you to celebrate your child’s smile. During Children’s Dental Health Month, seize the opportunity to equip your child with fresh oral hygiene essentials tailored to their needs, especially if they wear braces. Read on to explore four recommended products designed to support your child in maintaining a healthy smile not only this month but also in the long run.


Helpful Healing: 4 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth While They’re Sick

December 12, 2023

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Little girl in white polka dotted shirt blowing her nose into a tissue

Now that winter has arrived, seemingly everyone is missing school or work as viruses circulate. Having a fever, cough, or congestion is bad enough on its own, but did you know that flu season can also hurt your smile? The same is true for your child. Taking care of your little one when they’re sick can be exhausting and stressful. When you add tending to their teeth into the mix, it can feel like a real chore. Fortunately, following these 4 tips can help get you through it! Keep reading to learn more.


What Are a Few Stocking Stuffers That Can Help Keep Your Kid’s Teeth Healthy?

November 10, 2023

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Gingerbread man

People love giving their kids presents during the holiday season, and it’s not a bad idea to slip a few items that promote good health in between the toys and candy. Hanging a stocking over the fireplace so it can be filled with small gifts is an old holiday tradition, and a stocking has plenty of room for dental hygiene products and some tasty but healthy snacks. Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas that will have your child’s smile shining bright.


Is It Too Early to Start My Kid on Fluoride?

September 13, 2023

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Cartoon tooth is strong from fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral also known as “nature’s cavity fighter,” and despite the claims of some concerned citizens, it is incredibly effective at preventing cavities. Studies in Canada found that towns without fluoridated water had higher rates of tooth decay than those who continued putting it in their water supply. Millions of children around the world have been spared the pain of dental infections due to fluoride in toothpaste and tap water alongside regular dental checkups. Here’s what you should know about the effects fluoride has on children.


Why You Should Get Your Child A Mouthguard

July 25, 2023

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Girl in martial arts clothes with green mouthguard in a fighting stance

It’s back-to-school season, which often results in a flurry of activity ranging from school supply shopping to meet-the-teacher night. There’s a lot to do and remember as you prepare your child for the coming year, but don’t forget their oral health. Many students each year will get involved in contact sports or other activities that are prone to accidents, and no one wants to kick off the school year with a or knocked-out tooth! Thankfully, mouthguards are a simple, readily available solution that can help avoid potential injury. Read more to learn about mouthguards and how to protect your loved one’s teeth this year.


Are Dental X-rays Safe for Kids?

June 19, 2023

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child getting a dental x-ray

Being a parent, it’s natural to feel a tad anxious whenever your child visits the dentist. Various aspects of dentistry can appear intimidating, especially when explained by the dentist. Dental X-rays are one such procedure that might sound overwhelming for kids, but in reality, they play a crucial and routine role in pediatric dentistry. If you want to better understand how X-rays are utilized for children, keep reading to learn about their purpose and safety.


3 Ways to Welcome the Tooth Fairy!

April 7, 2023

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picture of the tooth fairy

When it comes to teaching your children to take care of their teeth, there aren’t all that many bright points; any parent will tell you that getting children to brush properly can be a challenge, and actually getting them to the dentist even more so.

The tooth fairy is one big exception to that! This is an opportunity to make dental care fun for your kids and to inject a little bit of magic into their lives along the way. Here are some ways you can welcome the tooth fairy with your child.


Thumb-Sucking: Why and How to End It

January 11, 2023

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older child who needs to stop thumb-sucking

They grow so fast. Your little baby isn’t an infant or even a toddler anymore. In fact, they’re now a child! They can talk and do more tasks independently, and some habits they had as a baby aren’t beneficial for them anymore. More specifically, thumb-sucking can actually become harmful for a growing child. Keep reading to learn more about this habit and how to transition your child out of it!


Is Thumb-Sucking Bad for Your Child’s Teeth?

December 9, 2022

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child sucking thumb

As a parent, there is no shortage of things to worry about. Even within the realm of your child’s oral health, you probably have a lot on your mind. One thing you might be worried about is thumb-sucking. It’s widely believed that sucking thumbs or using pacifiers can cause problems for your toddler’s oral health. To ease your concerns, here’s a little bit more information about the effect that sucking thumbs can have on your child’s teeth.


How to Make Losing Baby Teeth Less Scary for Kids

October 4, 2022

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For most kids, losing their first baby tooth is an exciting experience because it means they’re growing up and can expect to find some money underneath their pillow. However, for others, this experience can be frightening and cause anxiety. Each child may handle this milestone in their own way. Continue reading to learn a few tips from a pediatric dentist about making losing baby teeth in Garland a less traumatic and more positive experience.

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