Did you know that the hardest substance in your child’s body is the outer coating of his or her teeth? This outer coating, known as dental enamel, protects the sensitive, nerve-filled centers of your child’s teeth. But as hard as it is, your child’s dental enamel is not indestructible. Repeated exposure to acid, for example,…

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Does your child feel like his or her mouth is always dry? Does your child wake up every morning with cracked lips and complaining that his/her mouth and throat feel like sandpaper? What could be causing your child to have such a dry mouth? Is a dry mouth a sign of something serious? Will the…

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Kid sucking their thumb while sleeping

Sucking on a thumb or finger is a natural way for infants to comfort themselves. But will it harm your child’s teeth? In this article, we will address the following questions: Will thumb sucking affect your teeth? At what age might thumb sucking cause a dental problem? What happens to your teeth when you suck…

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Child pointing at canker sore on lip

Canker sores are common in children. Although they are usually nothing to worry about, if you’ve ever had one, you likely know that they can cause a lot of discomfort. In this article, we will address the following commonly asked questions: What Are Canker Sores? What Causes Canker Sores in A Child’s Mouth? How to…

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Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Kids

With so many different types of children’s toothpaste available, choosing the best toothpaste for your kids can seem overwhelming. What are all of those mysterious ingredients in children’s toothpastes? How do you know which ingredients you want and which you should avoid? This article is not intended to recommend any specific toothpaste as the “best…

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what-is-tooth-subluxation

Your toddler falls and hits her mouth. When you pick her up, you notice that her gums are bleeding and one of her front teeth feels slightly loose. What should you do? First, stay calm. Second, call a pediatric dentist. Your toddler might have a subluxated tooth, a dental injury that should be examined promptly…

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A little girl brushing her teeth

You know you need to begin brushing your baby’s teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste as soon as that very first tooth emerges, but what kind of toothbrush should you be using? Should your baby be using the same kind of toothbrush as a seven-year-old child? When should children switch over to adult toothbrushes? And…

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You’re expecting your child to get a new tooth soon. But when you look in your child’s mouth, instead of an emerging new tooth, you see…a bluish lump in its place? This can sometimes be a disconcerting experience for parents, but it is not necessarily cause for concern. That bluish lump might be a harmless…

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A group of young kids walking with backpacks on

Did you know that children can grow extra teeth? In this article, we will cover the following topics: What Is A Supernumerary Tooth? What Do Supernumerary Teeth Look Like? How Common Are Supernumerary Teeth in Kids? What Causes Supernumerary Teeth in Children? Does Hyperdontia Cause Problems in Children? Do Supernumerary Teeth Need to Be Removed?…

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Young girl with tooth pain

If your child is experiencing a severe toothache, you should contact your child’s dentist right away. Toothaches can be a sign of various potentially serious dental issues, including dental abscesses. In this article, we will cover the following topics related to tooth abscesses in children: What Is A Tooth Abscess? What Causes Tooth Abscesses in…

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A child getting a shot from a doctor

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. The CDC estimates that there were approximately 43 million Americans infected with HPV in 2018, many of whom were in their late teens or early twenties. Most people infected with HPV will never develop symptoms. But in some people, HPV…

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A child drinking from a glass of water outside

Did you know that something as simple as drinking plenty of water can actually help reduce your children’s chances of getting cavities? In this article, we will discuss the four primary ways in which serving your children water can benefit their oral health: Staying hydrated helps your child maintain a healthy level of saliva. Water…

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