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Shiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Tips from a Pediatric Dentist on Spring Cleaning

April 4, 2022

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child using electric toothbrush

“Spring cleaning” is defined as “the act or process of doing a thorough cleaning of a place.” This might not be one of the many definitions your child is learning in school, but that doesn’t mean their dental health should miss out on the benefits of a spring cleaning. Perhaps they ate too much candy after Valentine’s Day, and if so, their smile could use a fresh start. Keep reading to get some helpful tips on this concept from a pediatric dentist in Garland.

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How a Lip or Tongue Tie Can Interfere with Breastfeeding and How to Fix It

February 4, 2022

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mom breastfeeding her baby who was treated for a lip or tongue tie

You don’t understand it. With your first baby, you figured out breastfeeding pretty quickly, but it’s a painful struggle with your second. You feel like you’re doing everything right, but they aren’t thriving. You think maybe you should give up and start using formula.

Stop!

The benefits of nursing are worth the effort to fix this situation. If you want to continue breastfeeding but are experiencing trouble, your baby may have a tongue or lip tie and need a frenectomy. Keep reading to learn why this procedure has risen nearly 90 percent over recent years.

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3 Reasons Children Might Need a Tooth Extraction

December 6, 2021

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young girl with an extracted tooth

Children’s tooth extractions may seem a bit harsh or unnecessary, but the truth is they can be extremely beneficial. Although no parent wants to see their child endure such a procedure, pediatric dentists are now using advanced solutions and techniques to ensure better comfort, health, and safety. Here are three reasons your child might be recommended for a tooth removal.

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3 Favorite Holiday Foods That Could Harm Your Child’s Smile

November 24, 2021

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child baking holiday foods

As a loving parent, you do your best to make this time of year magical for your child. You’re building traditions that they’ll remember and share with their children someday. If you’re like most families, food is an important part of the festivities. While you want everything to be perfect, you should also be concerned about your child’s health, and the holidays are stuffed with foods that can lead to cavities. In this post, you’ll learn what some of these foods are and how you can protect your child’s precious smile.

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Your Child’s Dental Care: 3 Reasons to Use Your Dental Insurance Now

September 14, 2021

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a young child listening to their dentist

Making sure your child receives regular dental checkups and cleanings is essential. Preventive care is known to be the most effective way to safeguard against tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. But if you’re not using your dental insurance to take better care of your child’s smile, you could not only be risking their oral health but also losing valuable money along the way. Here are three reasons you should get them in to see a pediatric dentist now while you can still take advantage of your available benefits.

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Improving Your Child’s Nutrition Can Help Their Smile

May 12, 2021

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As a parent, you do your best to keep harmful things away from your child and to enrich their lives with good things. After all, it’s your job to protect and teach them. But did you know that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease? Children are much more likely to have a cavity than asthma. Other than brushing and flossing every day, you may be wondering if there’s anything else you can do to safeguard your little one.

When it comes to their diet, you may try to limit their sugar intake every day. That’s a great start for promoting their well-being, especially their smile! But there are also good foods you can give your kiddo to provide the nutrition their mouth needs to stay healthy.

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How Drinking Juice Affects Your Child’s Teeth

March 11, 2021

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Inquisitive child drinking from a juice boxKids love juice for its great taste, and parents love that their kids drink juice because it’s good for them! After all, fruits are brimming with important vitamins and nutrients that your child needs to be healthy. While this is true, letting your little one drink too much juice could do them a lot more harm than good. Here’s how fruit juice affects your child’s teeth and what you can do to protect their precious smile.

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The Top 3 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love!

December 20, 2020

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Mother eating with child using tips from children’s dentist in GarlandEvery child is unique, but there’s one thing your son or daughter probably has in common with all of their peers: they like to eat. As children grow, they tend to get hungry in between meals, which leaves many parents reaching for sugary and unhealthy foods out of convenience. That’s why a children’s dentist in Garland has prepared a list of the top 3 mouth-healthy snacks you can serve your kids! Read on to learn how to keep your little one’s stomach full and smile cavity-free!

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Special Needs and Oral Health: What Common Dental Problems Can Occur?

October 5, 2020

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a mother and her daughter laughing and smiling while playing in the parkAttempting to clean a child’s teeth and gums can be a difficult task for any parent. Far too often, kids are more concerned with playing and doing whatever is necessary to avoid these morning and nighttime rituals. But these common oral hygiene routines can be even more of a challenge if your child has special needs. Whether it is physical, developmental, or behavioral, your child may be at a higher risk for many of the most common dental problems. A special needs dentist in Garland offers insight into what you, as a parent, can expect and how a qualified professional can help.
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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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