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4 Fun Stocking Stuffers for Your Child with Braces

December 15, 2022

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happy child with braces and a holiday present

This year, some of your go-to stocking stuffers don’t seem appropriate for your child with braces. As you prepare for the fast-approaching holiday season, you must take their situation into account and give them gifts that won’t set them up for failure in their treatment. But did you know that there are products out there can actually make braces easier and more fun? Here are some stocking stuffers and other gifts you should think about getting for your child this year!


The End Is Coming! Use Your Children’s Dental Insurance Coverage

October 20, 2022

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girl using her children’s dental insurance coverage and giving a thumbs up

As a responsible parent, you do everything you can to provide the best care for your child, including work hard at your job. Fortunately, you get dental insurance benefits through your employer, but are you really taking full advantage of it with your pediatric dentist? How can you maximize your child’s benefits?

As the end of the year draws closer, there is just a limited time left when you can use your 2022 children’s dental insurance coverage, so find out about using your benefits by continuing to read this post!


Set Your Child Up to Achieve Academic Potential Through a Healthy Smile

August 29, 2022

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smiling child who’s avoiding dental health problems and reaching academic potential

Pencils—check. Notebooks—check. Scissors and glue sticks—check.

Getting your child ready to go back to school? There’s one important thing that’s probably not on your shopping list but it could help your child prepare for school: a healthy smile.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who experience poor oral health tend to have lower grades than those with good oral health. But how are oral health and performance in school related? Keep reading to learn three ways that dental health problems could keep your child from reaching their academic potential this school year and what you can do about them.


5 Facts About Children’s Dental Health You Need to Know as a Parent

August 10, 2022

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girl smiling holding up her hand for 5 facts about children’s dental health

As a new parent, you quickly realize there is a ton of information to know about raising a child and how you’re never fully prepared to be a mother or father. You get advice, whether you ask for it or not, from every direction, but when it comes to your child’s developing smile, you should understand a few things to keep it healthy and strong. Keep reading to learn about five facts about children’s dental health.


5 Tips in Oral Hygiene for Special Needs Kids

March 25, 2022

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family brushing together to help with dentistry for special needs kids

Raising a child can be tough in general, but raising a child with special needs can come with a host of other challenges. Whether your child has sensory issues, crippling anxiety, motor skill issues, or developmental delays, you want to help them learn to be independent and function in the world around them.

When it comes to keeping their smile healthy, you are going to need to put in some effort every day. However, with the help of your pediatric dentist, you can teach your child that caring for their teeth both at home and at the dentist’s office is crucial for their well-being. Here are some tips for making dentistry for special needs kids easier on everyone!


Dental Sealants: 5 Common Questions Answered

January 31, 2022

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child smiling after getting dental sealants

During your child’s dental checkup, the pediatric dentist tells you their first permanent molars have come in. The dentist then recommends getting dental sealants placed on these molars. They explain that a dental sealant is a thin layer of plastic that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of a back tooth. It blocks bacteria and food particles from accumulating on these surfaces.

But, as a concerned parent, you have questions about this treatment. Read on to get answers to common questions about dental sealants and to help you decide whether it’s right for your child.


How Your Child’s Nail-Biting Can Negatively Impact Their Oral Health

March 2, 2021

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a little girl with pigtails bites her fingernails

If your child chews on their nails, they are far from the only one. According to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan, it is estimated that nearly 50% of children between the ages of 10 and 18 bite their nails. Commonly practiced unintentionally when bored or needing comfort, this little habit can have some unpleasant effects for children. For instance it can permanently impact the appearance of their nails and hands, potentially leading to embarrassment. However, did you know that nail-biting can also harm a child’s oral health? Keep reading to learn why it’s best to curb this bad habit before it causes serious damage to their teeth and gums.


Breastfeeding and Your Baby’s Smile: What You Need to Know

January 5, 2021

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a mother nursing her baby while seated in a rocking chair

Breastfeeding is known for its many benefits. From studies that suggest its ability to reduce the risk of SIDS and obesity to minimizing ear infections, new mothers will also be pleased to learn of the advantages that come with nursing and oral health. Whether you are new to parenthood or a seasoned expert, you can discover more about the possibilities breastfeeding can provide to your little one by reading this post from an experienced pediatric dentist.


Ways to Maximize Your Child’s Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year

December 3, 2020

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a little girl opening her mouth wide so her dentist can examine her oral cavity

If you are like most parents, you may not think much about how you can maximize your children’s dental insurance coverage. You have many other more pressing matters on your mind! But did you know that you could waste significant money if you don’t make sure they visit the dentist’s office twice a year and stay on top of any necessary treatments? What else can you do to save money, avoid losing valuable benefits, and most importantly, improve your child’s smile? Read on to learn a few helpful ways to get the most out of their plan before it expires at the end of the year.


Ways to Help Your Teething Baby Sleep Better

October 1, 2020

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a baby wearing a towel and lying on a bed while chewing on a teether

If you are a new parent who is experiencing the teething phase for the first time, you’re not alone. Every child goes through this uncomfortable phase, which often begins around 6 months of age and occurs off and on until they reach 2.5 or 3. As their baby (primary) teeth erupt, the discomfort is evident through their cries, unwillingness to eat, and inability to sleep. As a result, you, too, may find yourself struggling to achieve adequate rest during this time. If you want to help your little one find relief from the pain and sleep more soundly at night, a pediatric dentist is here to share a few ways you and your baby can better navigate this often restless time.

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