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Shark Teeth in Kids: What They Are & When You Should Be Concerned

June 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 7:15 pm
Kid opening his mouth to show shark teeth

Is one of your child’s teeth emerging before their baby one has fallen out? Don’t worry – this sometimes happens. This phenomenon, known as shark teeth, can seem scary, causing parents to wonder if they should schedule an emergency appointment with their child’s pediatric dentist. There are three things to keep in mind to determine the best answer. To learn what they are, read on!

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When Should You Start Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth?

May 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 8:15 pm
mother and baby practicing child's oral hygiene

It’s no secret that kids get cavities. However, did you know that tooth decay is the number one most common chronic childhood disease? In fact, studies suggest that 20% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth. Many professionals believe this is connected to misinformation about when parents should start cleaning their child’s smile. Read on to learn more about when you should start practicing your child’s oral hygiene routine and a few tips on helping that process go smoothly.

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What You Need to Know Before Getting Nitrous Oxide

April 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 6:19 pm
Closeup of patient getting nitrous oxide at dentist’s office

Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is a mild, but effective sedative that can effectively ease your dental-related anxiety. As a result, you can comfortably get the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry you need without the stress! Of course, there are a few things you should know beforehand. Keep reading to learn what they are!

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An Inside Look at the History of Pediatric Dentistry

February 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 6:20 pm
Closeup of child smiling at dental checkup

Nowadays, children begin their biannual dental checkups and cleanings around their first birthday (or sooner if their first tooth emerges before then). However, this is a relatively new practice. After all, the field of pediatric dentistry didn’t gain traction until the 1900s! To learn about the history of this important specialty, read on!

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Everything You Need to Know About Root Canals For Kids

January 27, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 9:20 pm
Kid smiling while looking in mirror at dentist’s appointment

Currently, more than 90% of Americans have at least one cavity by their 21st birthday. So, it’s safe to say tooth decay isn’t an oral health concern among adults alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently estimates that about 20% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one cavity. If left untreated, root canals for kids become necessary. Keep reading to learn more about this tooth-saving treatment!

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Does Juice Give Kids Cavities?

January 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 10:16 pm
Kid sipping juice that causes children's cavities

As a loving parent, you’re doing everything you can to give your little one the nutritious foods and drinks they need to stay healthy. However, you’re busy! You don’t always have time to decipher the confusing nutrition labels when choosing your child’s beverages. Unfortunately, the choices you’re making may not be as healthy as you think. Recent studies show that well over half of drinks marketed for kids contain lots of added sugar, and many of them come in packaging showing fruits that make them appear healthy. Read on as we go over the important connection between juice and cavities in kids and what you can do to keep your little one’s smile happy and healthy!

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You Asked, We Answered: When Are Braces the Best Option?

December 21, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 7:46 pm
Orthodontist examining patient with traditional braces

Do you have trouble smiling confidently due to crooked, spaced-out, and otherwise misaligned teeth? Then you may be considering traditional braces, and there is no better time! After all, there are various types to choose from, including discreet clear aligners and the tried-and-true metal ones. With that being said, there are some important reasons to consider the latter. Here are a few!

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Does Your Child Have Braces? Here Are 8 School Lunch Ideas

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 7:05 pm
Aerial view of school lunch next to water bottle

Misaligned teeth and unhealthy bites can make smiling, chewing, and even enunciating clearly a chore for your child. Luckily, traditional braces can address either or both of these orthodontic issues, enhancing both the look and function of their smile in the process. There is one downside, however: dietary restrictions. This can make putting together delicious and nutritious school lunches a bit more cumbersome. Don’t worry – here are eight ideas to spark some inspiration!

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Here’s What to Do If Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

November 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 5:54 pm
Young girl covering her mouth in shock

The trajectory of your entire day changes the moment your child knocks out a tooth. Whether it was while playing with their friends outside, riding their bike, or participating in sports, your otherwise stress-free afternoon can be consumed with an anxiety-inducing trip to the office of their emergency dentist. Knowing the right steps to take can make the entire process much more seamless. So, to learn some must-know tips for handling a knocked-out tooth, read on!

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4 Tips to Help Your Child With Autism Feel Comfortable at the Dentist

October 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 4:19 pm
Dentist and father with child at dental checkup

It’s not uncommon for children to feel a bit apprehensive about visiting the dentist. However, if your child has Autism, the sharp tools, loud noises, and unfamiliar environment can be especially overwhelming. Since six-month dental checkups and cleanings are an essential part of preserving their oral and overall health, skipping them altogether is simply not an option. With this in mind, keep reading to learn four tips to help any child in need of special needs dentistry feel comfortable.

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