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Shiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Brushing for Two: How Your Oral Health Affects Your Baby During Pregnancy

August 26, 2020

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Pregnant woman brushing her teethAfter a fun (but exhausting!) day of sharing the exciting news with your loved ones, you settle into bed and pick up one of your many books on what to expect during pregnancy. A few chapters in, your eyes start to get heavy. As you place the bookmark against the page of the next chapter, you contemplate whether getting out of bed to brush your teeth is worth sacrificing the comfortable position you’ve found. But before you can complete the thought, your eyes are closed and sleep is well underway.

As a mom-to-be, even small tasks can take a tremendous amount of effort to complete. However, it is important to remember that your oral care during pregnancy directly affects your baby. Read on for common dental issues pregnant women experience as well as tips from a pediatric dentist on keeping your dental health in tip-top shape.

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How Early Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?

July 10, 2020

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Mom brushing baby's teethFrom their first gummy smile as a baby to their senior portraits as an emerging adult, seeing your child’s smile lights up your world in a way you never knew was possible. To ensure that their teeth and gums remain healthy throughout the years, they need to practice proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist twice a year. But when does this process start? And at what age should you begin brushing their teeth? A pediatric dentist is here to share the answer, as well as how to brush them properly and when they should first see the dentist.

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6 Tips to Help Your Teen Avoid a Summer Dental Emergency

June 17, 2020

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Teens enjoying summer after visiting their Garland dentistIs your teenager excited about summer vacation? It’s the perfect time of year for your son or daughter to enjoy warm weather sports, outdoor activities with friends, and some time to relax. However, their fun in the sun could suddenly be cut short by a trip to your emergency dentist if they don’t remember to protect their growing smile. Here are six tips from your Garland dentist to help your teen protect their sunny smile all season long.

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9 Creative No-Touch Greetings to Use During COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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Smiling boy gives thumbs up for dental safety and social distancingTo keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy while receiving dental care during the coronavirus pandemic, numerous precautionary measures have been implemented at your pediatric dentist’s office. While some infection protocols like instrument sterilization happen behind the scenes, practices like removing the magazines, toys, and several chairs from the reception area are easier to notice. When you come in for your little one’s smile care, dental safety starts off with a no-touch way to say hello to your dental team. Here are nine creative contactless greetings you and your family can try when visiting your Garland pediatric dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How Can I Treat My Child’s Toothache While at Home?

April 6, 2020

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a young child wearing a sweater and holding her jaw in pain It’s bad enough when you experience a toothache but when your child is dealing with throbbing pain, they may not understand why it’s happening or what to do about it. With the spread of COVID-19 keeping most people indoors, you may not want to take a trip to your local drug store to buy something that can help, so what can do you? Take a few minutes to learn what at-home remedies can be used to help relieve your child’s discomfort until you’re able to get them in to see an emergency dentist. You may be surprised how many are already in your pantry!

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4 Things You Need to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Clean

March 9, 2020

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little boy seeing pediatric dentist

When you’re a parent, you’d do just about anything to make sure your child grows up healthy. For most parents, that includes having strong teeth. Fortunately, taking care of your kid’s oral health isn’t that hard, provided you have the right tools. Keep reading as a pediatric dentist talks about four of the tools you need to keep your little one’s smile nice and healthy.

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5 Reasons Why Baby Teeth Are So Important

February 4, 2020

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child brushing their teethIt can be difficult keeping your toddler’s teeth healthy, especially when they’re not used to cleaning them regularly. Even though they’re meant to fall out eventually, they play an important role in their development, which is why it’s vital to keep them healthy and intact. Since this February is Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s the perfect time to learn more about your little one’s mouth. Read on to learn five reasons why baby teeth are so important from a pediatric dentist trained to take care of growing smiles. (more…)

Don’t Hesitate to Bring Your Teen to See Their Dentist!

January 10, 2020

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teen girl getting dental exam

As your teenager begins to send out their college applications, they might seem all grown up to you. You might feel like it’s high time to send them to a dentist for adults. However, Dr. Lily, your local dentist for teens, will be more than happy to see your child from ages thirteen through nineteen. Having to see a brand-new dentist while navigating the highs and lows of high school can be a bit of a challenge on top of everything else. Why not make it easier on your child by sending them to a pediatric dentist? Here are just a few of the services offered at Shiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Flu Season

December 2, 2019

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little girls brushing their teeth

It’s that time of year when everyone starts coughing and sniffling, and you’re paranoid that your child is going to get sick. If they do, you’re understandably more worried about their fever going down that you are about making sure their teeth stay in good shape. But did you know that having a cold or the flu can actually hurt your little one’s pearly whites? Here are five flu season tips from a dentist on how to make sure this sickness doesn’t harm your child’s teeth.

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4 Healthy-Marketed Foods That Can Cause Problems For Your Child’s Teeth

November 10, 2019

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children's lunchboxMost parents go out of their way to ensure that their child has access to healthy foods and drinks throughout the day. The problem is that some snacks and beverages marketed as “healthy for children” may not be as good for them as you’ve been led on to believe. In fact, in a study conducted by UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, they found that 62 percent of beverages sold to parents that were marketed for children contained added sweeteners. Read on to learn four “healthy foods” that you should avoid purchasing to keep your child’s mouth cavity-free from a pediatric dentist. (more…)

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