Pop quiz: What is scarier than your child changing their mind about their Halloween costume at the last minute and having to brave stores? The damage caused to their teeth by Halloween candy! While everyone loves a sweet treat every now and then, the upcoming holiday has the potential to become a major dental disaster. These four Halloween candy favorites are the top worst offenders when it comes to harming your child’s teeth — or yours, if you are raiding their candy haul. Read more
Your children are watching you, even when you think they aren’t. And they learn a lot from what they see — both good and bad. While it can seem like you’re wasting your time when you try to instill good habits in your kids through lectures and teaching them, some of it gets through. The best way to ensure your kids pick up good habits, however, is to model them yourself. This is particularly true when it comes to good oral health. By holding yourself to at least the same standard of dental care that you’d like to see from your children, you’re sending the message that this is, truly, something that’s important throughout their lives.
With the arrival of spring comes the beginning of baseball, softball and T-ball season. While uniforms, cleats, balls and bats often take the spotlight for necessary gear, there’s one piece of equipment most parents forget to invest in: a mouthguard. Mouthguards, though not glamorous, are arguably one of the most important pieces of sports equipment you can outfit your child with for safety. After all, you’re probably already paying for Invisalign and teeth whitening to make sure your child has the best smile possible. And while commercially available mouthguards from your favorite big-box store might be quick and easy to find, they don’t keep your child’s mouth safe on the field.
While broken teeth and breath that smells like the grave are acceptable accents to your costume, it’s not a look to commit to year-round. Instead, keep your pearly whites in such pristine condition that even a vampire would be jealous by avoiding these Halloween candies — and choosing less damaging sweets instead.
Oh school days, school days, those simple Golden Rule days. While we may have rosy memories of being the same age as our children are right now, peer pressure is a big thing for kids of all ages. The right jacket, the right shoes, the right friends — it all makes a huge difference to how successful your child can be within their peer group.
Chasing evolving fashion trends can be tricky, but there’s one thing that is always in style and makes a huge difference to how your child (and your family) is perceived: a bright, white smile.
Your summer was crazy! Between cross-country trips to see family, camps for the kids and impromptu cookouts, it seemed to just dash by. As back to school time closes in, you’re focused on getting your kids ready for classes. They’ve had a physical from their pediatrician, but did you remember to take them in to see the dentist?
Losing a first tooth is a big deal for anybody, but when you know the Tooth Fairy is coming to collect it, that can really make things interesting. Of course, you and I know that the Tooth Fairy isn’t quite what she seems, but as long as it helps your kids shake their fear of shedding those baby teeth, it seems a pretty harmless story.
Because of the prevalence of Tooth Fairy traditions in our culture, I got to wondering about her — what’s her background, where did she even come from? Turns out that some of the traditions related to the Tooth Fairy are at least as old as the Vikings.
Just like starting Kindergarten, sprouting body hair and learning to drive, growing new teeth represents major milestones for your kids! We take care of a lot of children of various ages in the office and parents often ask if we think their teeth are growing in at a normal rate. When I came across this really informative page put together by the American Dental Association, I was thrilled. Now all of you worried parents can be assured that your child is developing normally.
I see a lot of families and little fellas in my office and it’s true that every one is a little bit different. Some kids scream, other kids bite, then there are the kids that won’t even open their mouths… they are by far my most challenging patients.
Usually it’s because they don’t really know what to expect at the dentist and it’s pretty scary for them. I mean, I would be scared, too. If a big guy’s looming over me and demanding that I open my mouth for unknown reasons, well, you can be certain that I’m not going to comply.