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Shiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Blog

When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth? A Dentist Answers

August 27, 2019

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a woman holding and kissing her baby

When a baby enters the world, everything changes. Gone are the days of sleeping in and taking long, hot showers. Instead, you now have a small human to care for, and that means you’re in charge of everything, including their oral health. For months, your baby will show off their gummy, adorable smile, but soon enough, that first tooth will burst through the gum line. With this new addition to your child’s smile, you may be asking, “When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?” Let a dental professional explain when and how to care for your infant’s oral health as well as why it’s better to start early.


Healthy Lunches For a Great School Year – Tips From a Children’s Dentist

August 15, 2019

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A healthy lunch being packed into a containerAlong with the start of a new school year comes a lot of routine tasks you’ll be doing day-in and day-out. School pickups and drop-offs, helping with homework, and packing school lunches every day are just a few of them. Since a healthy diet is essential for your child’s dental health and overall well-being, it’s helpful to learn about good dietary choices now to start the year off right from the beginning. With a low-sugar lunch each day, regular checkups with a children’s dentist, and good oral hygiene habits at home, your child can avoid cavities and keep the amount of dental work they need to a minimum. Want to learn more? Keep reading below!


4 Ways to Avoid an Emergency Trip to Your Child’s Dentist This Summer

July 27, 2019

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kid with mouthguard

Summer is here, and that means your son or daughter has more time for fun outdoor activities like playing sports. This can mean a whole world of fun for them, but it also increases their risk of dental emergencies such as knocking out or breaking a tooth. Those sure aren’t fun! If you want to avoid an extra trip to your child’s dentist this summer, follow these 4 tips.


Are Sports Drinks Bad for Your Teeth? Dentist Says Yes

July 11, 2019

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sports drinks

Your son or daughter has recently started playing sports, and you couldn’t be happier. They’re making friends, getting exercise, and having the time of their life. However, they have also been consuming a lot of sports drinks. Many of these beverages advertise themselves as healthy, and they can certainly be a great way to refuel after a practice or game. But are they mouth-healthy? Let’s look at what a dentist has to say about what these drinks can do to your child’s teeth.


Your Pediatric Dentists Says Don’t Let Your Kids Use Their Teeth as Tools

June 2, 2019

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close up of mouth cracking a nut

Kids never like going to the dentist. If you’re a parent, you know that better than anyone. Sometimes it feels like a miracle just getting them to go to their routine checkups! That’s why it’s best to avoid having to go to the dentist for emergency reasons. One way to do that is by teaching them to not use their teeth as tools. If your child uses their teeth for anything other than eating, they could risk facing a fractured tooth and extensive dental repairs. A pediatric dentist is here to explain 4 things you shouldn’t let your child do with their teeth.


Not Sure What Toothpaste to Get Your Kids? Pediatric Dentist Can Help

May 31, 2019

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little girl smiling with toothbrushIf you have children, you already know how difficult it can be to get them to brush their teeth. Oftentimes they’ll end up fighting you every step of the way! That’s why it’s important to pick a toothpaste that will help them prevent cavities. It’s also important to pick one they will like. There are a few things to consider when it comes to deciding which toothpaste to buy for your kid. Read on as a pediatric dentist tells you what you need to know to make this choice.


Your Pediatric Dentist Discusses the Top 3 Cavity-Causing Activities

April 30, 2019

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teenager smilingIn the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, it was found that 59% of adolescents ages 12-19 had cavities in their permanent teeth. Dental caries, or cavities, are the most common oral health problem even though they’re 100% preventable. As a parent, keeping your young one’s smile healthy and bright is one of your top priorities. Your pediatric dentist lets you in on the top 3 cavity-causing activities that your teen may be doing. Read on to learn what they are and how to fight cavities with proper dental care. (more…)

Your Pediatric Dentist Discusses Premature Tooth Loss in Children

April 20, 2019

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baby smilingAs a parent, your most important priority is that your child grows up with a happy and healthy smile. While losing their baby teeth is a completely natural part of your loved one’s growth, losing them too soon can have a detrimental impact on their oral health. You may be wondering how that can be when their teeth aren’t even permanent yet. Your pediatric dentist fills you in on the importance of baby teeth and how they help shape adult smiles. Nothing fills your heart more than seeing your son or daughter flash a grin, so it’s worth it to read on and learn why your child may be losing their teeth too early and how to prevent it.


The 3 Biggest Threats to Your Teen’s Teeth According to a Pediatric Dentist

March 16, 2019

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a young girl with a beautiful smileAs your child grows into a teenager, you have probably already said goodbye to the baby teeth and hello to the permanent ones. And while you may have worked hard to instill good oral habits in them as a child, their busy lives can keep them from adhering to the twice a day brushings and daily flossing. If you want to keep your teen’s oral health in check, a pediatric dentist shares three of the biggest threats to your teenager’s teeth and what you can do to help.


A Pediatric Dentist Shares 4 Ways to Care for Your Child’s Oral Health

March 8, 2019

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a mom and daughter brushing their teethYou’re standing in the bathroom brushing your teeth when you suddenly notice your toddler standing in the doorway watching you. Giving her a smile, you finish caring for your pearly whites before patting the footstool for her to stand on. After putting a bit of toothpaste on her Cinderella toothbrush, she starts brushing away while you put on some music and start a dance party! This type of fun activity can inspire and encourage your children to maintain good oral hygiene. If you’re looking for other ideas to help ensure good habits, let a pediatric dentist share 4 ways you can help care for your child’s teeth and gums at home.


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