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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.


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.


Improving Your Child’s Nutrition Can Help Their Smile

May 12, 2021

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child eating healthy foods

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.


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.


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!


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.

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.


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.


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.


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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