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Shiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Blog

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…)

Preventing Children’s Cavities During Halloween

October 31, 2019

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children trick-or-treatingAs a parent, you want your child to be able to have all the tools and knowledge they need to take care of their growing pearly whites. With Halloween just around the corner and the holidays closely following, the last thing that you want is a household ridden with cavities and other oral health problems. Here are some tips from a pediatric dentist on how to keep developing teeth happy and healthy over the holidays. (more…)

5 Halloween Candy Tips from Your Pediatric Dentist

October 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — shinysmiles @ 4:38 pm

Halloween candy

Halloween is the spookiest night of the year. Once the trick-or-treating is over, however, parents are subjected to a whole new kind of fright – making sure their kids don’t get cavities from all that candy consumption! Luckily, your pediatric dentist is here to offer some Halloween candy tips to keep your little one’s teeth decay-free this spooky season.


How Do I Brush My Child’s Teeth?

September 23, 2019

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mommy and baby brushing teeth together

Being a parent for the first time comes with a lot of questions. How often should my baby eat? How much sleep should they get? How do I brush my child’s teeth? Lucky for you, we can help with that last one. This guide will show you how to care for your little one’s oral health throughout the different stages of their development.


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

Filed under: Uncategorized — shinysmiles @ 8:23 pm

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — shinysmiles @ 5:57 pm

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.


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