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Can My Old Retainer Be Used to Re-Straighten My Teeth?

February 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 10:39 pm
a patient holding their retainer

If you’re concerned about orthodontic relapse, you might be wondering if an older retainer can be used to re-straighten your teeth and compensate for any unplanned misalignment following your treatment. Even though this might seem like a brilliant plan, is it actually a viable solution? Keep reading to learn more from your orthodontist about old retainers and why they aren’t usually able to provide you with the results you’re hoping for.


Fill Your Child’s Stocking with These Braces-Friendly Gifts!

December 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 4:02 pm
Child pulling gift out of stocking on fireplace

Is this your child’s first holiday season with braces? From helping them avoid crunchy foods to encouraging them to brush their teeth after each meal and snack, this time of year might look a little different. Don’t worry – that doesn’t mean their presents have to be boring! Read on to learn a few fun braces-friendly ideas for stocking stuffers.


Are You Protecting Your Baby From Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

November 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 10:21 pm
Laughing baby next to baby bottle

It’s probably no surprise for you to hear that kids get a lot of cavities. However, did you know that about 28% of American children between two and five years old have cavities? In fact, over half of kids between the ages of six and eight years old have had at least one cavity! The enamel on baby teeth is thinner than permanent teeth, so they’re less equipped to keep tooth decay at bay. Unfortunately, this means that many parents accidentally put their children at a higher risk of cavities due to baby bottle tooth decay! Read on to learn more abut this common issue and what you can do to keep your little one’s precious smile cavity-free.


An Inside Look at How Your Oral Health During Pregnancy Affects Your Baby

October 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 2:58 pm
Pregnant woman smiling while touching belly

Are you currently expecting? Congratulations! Naturally, you want to take the best possible care of yourself to nourish your little one in the womb. While that starts with exercising each day and filling up on nutrient-dense foods, it extends to prioritizing your dental care as well. For an inside look at why oral health during pregnancy matters, keep reading.


Help Your Child Ace Their Next Dental Exam with These Back-to-School Tips

September 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 6:01 pm
Child smiling while walking to school

Just like that, back-to-school season is here again! If your child’s next dental exam is rapidly approaching, you may be wondering what you can do to help them pass with flying colors. If so, you’re in the right place. Here are five helpful, back-to-school-specific oral hygiene tips for your student.


Does Your Child Play Sports? Here’s Why They Should Wear a Mouthguard

August 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 6:20 pm
Young athlete putting on mouthguard

Participation in sports comes with numerous benefits, from weight management to stress relief. Of course, contact and non-contact sports alike come with some risks, like sustaining a dental injury. After all, all it takes is one rogue ball or one accidental elbow to your child’s face for an otherwise great day to result in a stressful trip to your emergency dentist’s office. To learn more about why wearing a mouthguard is crucial, read on!


3 Key Factors That Impact Special Needs Dentistry

July 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthorandolph @ 4:13 pm
Mom and child with special needs smiling

If your child has a physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition, then their medical needs are likely a top priority. Of course, it’s important to remember that dentistry is a part of that, especially since children with special needs are vulnerable to certain oral health conditions, like overcrowding and gum disease. To learn three key factors that impact special needs dentistry, read on.


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!


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.


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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