Pediatric Pulp Therapy

Purposed to treat, restore and ultimately save an affected tooth, pediatric pulp therapy may be referred to as a root canal or nerve treatment. While some wonder why pulp therapy is suggested for primary teeth that will eventually fall out, pediatric dentists emphasize the importance of primary teeth in speech development, healthy chewing habits and […]

Premature Tooth Loss

Perhaps one of the greatest milestones for babies and toddlers is when primary teeth begin to emerge. Without question, baby teeth reshape smiles, while allowing children to eat their first solid foods. Most importantly, however, these teeth serve as placeholders for permanent teeth to erupt. Colgate reports that when children experience premature tooth loss, dentists […]

Proactive Dentistry for Children

Without question, healthy dental care habits are best established at a young age. Regular check-ups, brushing, flossing, fluoridation, and perhaps dental sealants, are considered important “early” measures to take. Why? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that while the majority of Americans (66 percent) visit the dentist each year, a large number of children […]

Does My Child Need Orthodontic Care?

If it seems as though children are visiting the orthodontist earlier these days, they are. With numerous advancements in dentistry and orthodontics, as well as what dental professionals understand about jaw alignment and the size of a child’s palate, setting an orthodontic appointment doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will need braces. It’s simply an […]

Tooth Extractions and Your Child

When parents are told that their child’s tooth needs to be removed, they may feel frightened or unsettled, especially if they do not know what to expect. Yet, pediatric dental professionals are in a unique position to answer questions and provide comfort to parents and children alike, as they prepare for tooth extraction. Here is […]

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Your Child

Derived from the Greek word meaning “without wind,” apnea refers to a period of time when someone stops breathing during sleep. When sleep apnea occurs as a result of something blocking the airway, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. While OSA is a common condition in children, it is dangerous, because it […]

Does Your Child Have Bad Breath?

Chances are, if you’re a parent, you may have noticed that your child’s breath is less than pleasant from time to time. While it’s one thing for children to have bad breath first thing in the morning or after eating certain foods, there are instances where an underlying condition, infection, or bacteria could be to […]

Hypophosphatasia and Your Child’s Oral Health

As an inherited disorder affecting 1 in every 100,000 newborns, Hypophosphatasia impairs the development of healthy bones and teeth. While severe forms of Hypophosphatasia may result in seizures, failure to thrive, rickets-like symptoms, and a high mortality rate, it is also associated with severe dental cavities, improperly formed teeth, loss of deciduous teeth and alveolar […]

Misuse of Sippy Cups

While advancements in pediatric dentistry have equipped dental professionals and parents alike with more information and better tools for helping children maintain good oral health, there is a small percentage of the adolescent population that has reported an increase in cavities. Particularly in 2-5 year olds, the U. S. Surgeon General has identified tooth decay […]

Partial Dentures And My Child

While the use of Partial Dentures is commonly associated with adults or elderly dental patients, there are instances where children are required to wear partial dentures. As a temporary measure with simpler designs, dental professionals find that partial dentures aid in replacing missing teeth until permanent teeth begin to erupt. Thus, for children that lose […]

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