How to Choose the Best Pediatric Dentist for Your Child

January 5, 2021

Your child’s dental health is a crucial part of his or her overall health and wellbeing. Poor oral healthcare in children can lead to pain, infections, loss of teeth and bone structure, and potentially serious general health issues. Finding the best pediatric dentist for your child is an important part of helping your child achieve…

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bad snacks for children's teeth

Bad Snacks for Children’s Teeth

December 30, 2020

We all know that sweets like cookies and candies are bad for kids’ teeth, but what about savory snacks, like chips? Or healthier snacks, like raisins? Parents are often surprised to learn that these types of snacks can lead to tooth decay, too. Read on for a list of snacks that many parents don’t realize…

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A Guide to Flossing Children’s Teeth

December 8, 2020

Imagine washing a reusable straw coated in smoothie. Would you scrub the outside but then put the straw away in the cabinet without bothering to clean the inside? Of course you wouldn’t. If you did, bacteria would grow and your straw would get pretty gross. Now think about your child’s teeth. Would you brush your…

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pregnancy and oral health

Pregnancy and Oral Health: Effects on Baby’s Teeth

November 23, 2020

If you’re pregnant, you know that your lifestyle choices can affect your baby’s health. Your OB/GYN has undoubtedly recommended that you take prenatal vitamins, limit caffeine and avoid alcohol. But has your doctor also told you that maintaining good oral hygiene is important for your baby’s health? Poor dental health in pregnant women has been…

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Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Children's Teeth

Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth (and Some of the Science Behind Tooth Decay)

October 22, 2020

You have undoubtedly heard that eating candy can lead to cavities, but did you know that some kinds of candy are more likely to lead to tooth decay than others? At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that candy is part of the fun of Halloween. Fortunately, you and your child can reduce the risk of…

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What Causes Bad Breath in Kids?

October 15, 2020

Everyone experiences bad breath from time to time, but what if bad breath is the norm for your child and not just an occasional occurrence? Bad breath in children can cause embarrassment and social anxiety, and it may even serve as a warning sign that your child is suffering from a bigger health issue. If…

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When Do Babies Start Teething

When Do Babies Start Teething?

September 29, 2020

When your baby starts teething, it can be an exciting milestone. Those first teeth are not only adorable, they will eventually help your baby chew foods and speak clearly. Unfortunately, it’s often an uncomfortable process when babies start getting teeth. To make matters worse, the teething process is different for every baby, so it is…

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Can My Child Benefit from Lip-Tie or Tongue-Tie Laser Surgery?

Can My Child Benefit from Lip-Tie or Tongue-Tie Laser Surgery?

August 31, 2020

A mother and her newborn struggle with breastfeeding; a child is unable to pronounce certain sounds; there is a large gap between an adolescent’s two front teeth. What do all of these people have in common? They could be experiencing problematic effects of a tongue-tie or lip-tie.  What are Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties? Underneath the tongue,…

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Will Pacifiers Affect My Baby's Teeth?

Will Pacifiers Affect My Baby’s Teeth?

August 27, 2020

Do you have an infant who loves sucking on a pacifier? Have you ever worried that the pacifier will affect your baby’s teeth? If so, we have good news for you: if your child is still very young, the pacifier sucking habit likely will not cause dental problems. Sucking is a natural reflex for infants…

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Can My Child Lose A Baby Tooth Too Soon?

Can My Child Lose a Baby Tooth Too Soon?

July 29, 2020

The first time your child loses a primary (or “baby”) tooth can be an exciting milestone. But what if you think your child is too young to lose a baby tooth? What if your child’s tooth was unexpectedly knocked out? In some cases, the loss of a primary tooth before the replacement permanent tooth is…

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Little Boy Holding Watermelon In Front of Mouth

How to Keep a Healthy Summer Smile

July 12, 2020

Summer time is full of simple pleasures—slower days, lots of sunshine, and a break from school. As parents and children alike relax their schedules, it can be easy to let some normal routines slide, but don’t let your child’s oral healthcare routine be one of them! Follow the tips below to help keep your child’s…

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What is the difference between a board-certified pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

What Is the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a General Dentist?

June 28, 2020

If you’ve been searching for a dentist for your child, you might have noticed some dentists labeling themselves as “board-certified pediatric dentists,” while others call themselves “general dentists” or “family dentists.” What is the difference between a pediatric dentist, a general dentist and a family dentist? And what does it mean to be board-certified? Read…

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