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Keep Early Childhood Caries Away..

Date: April 12, 2019 | Time: 9:20am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Keep Early Childhood Caries AwayDentists use the term early childhood caries (ECC), sometimes called baby bottle caries, to describe the presence of one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth in a child younger than six years old. Any sign of tooth decay in a child under the age of three years is considered severe ECC.The presence of ECC has a major impact on your child's present and future quality of life. Discomfort, pain, infection, abscesses and gastrointestinal disorders can.... <view entire article>

Keep Your Child's Cheesy Grin..

Date: March 29, 2019 | Time: 9:17am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Keep Your Child's Cheesy GrinMost children love cheese for its taste; parents love cheese for its ability to help promote strong bones. But now it seems that there is another reason to love this calcium-rich snack. Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carbohydrate- or sugar-filled food and drink but cheese may also help prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.In a study published in the May/June 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed journal General Dentistry, 68 children, ranging.... <view entire article>

It's Never Too Early to Prevent Cavities..

Date: March 15, 2019 | Time: 9:15am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

It's Never Too Early to Prevent CavitiesDental problems such as cavities (also known as dental caries) can have a major impact on children. Pain and the effect on their appearance may not only leave children feeling bad but can also result in a lifelong fear of dentists. This leaves many parents wondering just how and when to start preventing cavities.A recent study has shed some light on a factor you may not have considered: how you feed your child. While.... <view entire article>

Is Breast Milk Best for Your Baby's Teeth?..

Date: March 1, 2019 | Time: 10:11am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Is Breast Milk Best for Your Baby's Teeth?Is there a link between how a baby is fed (breast vs. bottle) and the future development of cavities? There's no simple answer to that question.Here's what we currently know. First, cavities-technically, dental caries-are infections caused by Streptococcus mutans bacteria. Almost all adults have these bacteria in their mouths, and you will surely transfer them to your baby. If the baby has any teeth, the addition of another necessary element, sugar on a.... <view entire article>

Hyperdontia-Too Many Teeth..

Date: February 15, 2019 | Time: 2:31pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Hyperdontia-Too Many TeethWhen children are born, most will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth in their jaws, waiting to erupt at the appropriate time. Some children, however-approximately 1% to 4% of the population-will have additional teeth, a condition known as hyperdontia; the extra tooth is known as a supernumerary tooth. Most children with the condition are otherwise healthy-that means we can usually ensure a good outcome.There is no clear cause of hyperdontia, but it probably has a genetic.... <view entire article>

Hunt Down Plaque at Home..

Date: February 1, 2019 | Time: 2:28pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Hunt Down Plaque at HomeIf your child brushes and flosses regularly, you probably feel confident that his or her oral health is under control. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that destroys tooth enamel and causes decay and gum disease, may still be lurking-and since this substance is invisible to the naked eye, you will have no idea that it is there.Luckily, several products on the market can help identify hidden areas of.... <view entire article>

How Your Child's Mouth Affects Cardiac Health..

Date: January 18, 2019 | Time: 1:52pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

While we don't normally think of teeth having much in common with the heart, children with cardiac issues require special dental care. Not only can certain heart medications cause side effects in the mouth but some dental procedures can be dangerous for those with congenital heart defects if proper precautions are not taken. Luckily, we know these risks well and will work with you to make sure both your child's teeth and heart stay healthy.Until 2007, people with any.... <view entire article>

How to Sweeten Your Child's Bad Breath..

Date: January 4, 2019 | Time: 1:49pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

How to Sweeten Your Child's Bad BreathAn often embarrassing problem, bad breath may be caused by unhealthy teeth. If you believe your child has persistent bad breath, you need to do more than cover it up with gum or mints. The underlying cause needs to be treated.While bad breath is frequently caused by poor oral hygiene, it can also be caused by eating pungent foods or sucking on a thumb or other object. If your child's bad breath is caused.... <view entire article>

How Heartache Leads to Toothache..

Date: December 21, 2018 | Time: 1:47pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

How Heartache Leads to ToothacheChildren are sensitive beings. Stress in their environment may trigger behavioral changes such as "acting out." But stress can also lead to physical responses, including changes in their oral health.In addition, an emotionally stressed child may not feel like keeping to his or her normal oral hygiene routine; he or she may even go back, consciously or unconsciously, to thumb-sucking or tooth grinding, which can have negative effects on the developing mouth and teeth. If such.... <view entire article>

How Eating Disorders Affect Oral Health..

Date: December 7, 2018 | Time: 1:45pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

How Eating Disorders Affect Oral HealthEating disorders-including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating-affect as many as 30 million Americans of all ages and genders. A full 95% of individuals with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. Contrary to popular misconception, young men are not immune; in fact, an estimated 10% of individuals with anorexia or bulimia are male.While these disorders have a significant impact on a person's overall mental and physical health, they can be detrimental to.... <view entire article>

How Cough Syrup Can Cause Cavities..

Date: November 23, 2018 | Time: 1:41pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

How Cough Syrup Can Cause CavitiesAs parents, there are few things that cause us more worry than when our children are ill. We want to treat them in the most effective way possible. But while illness can be an emergency, you need to remain on guard to protect your children's teeth. For instance, cough syrup can do a wonderful job of treating a child's cold. Unfortunately, cough syrups filled with acids and sugars pose as much danger to teeth as.... <view entire article>

Help Your Child's Tooth Enamel Last a Lifetime..

Date: November 9, 2018 | Time: 1:38pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Help Your Child's Tooth Enamel Last a LifetimeTooth enamel, the hardest tissue in the human body, protects teeth from daily wear and tear. If properly cared for, the enamel that covers your child's teeth is designed to last a lifetime. Although enamel will become worn with normal use, establishing good habits in childhood can go a long way toward keeping the hard covering stable and healthy. Here are a few tips for protecting enamel:Limit sugar-laden foods and drinks. Sugar triggers.... <view entire article>

Date: October 26, 2018 | Time: 12:34pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Help! My Teen Wants an Oral PiercingAs your children grow up, they start to look for ways to express themselves as individuals. Some methods of expression can be healthy, some can be neutral and some can be harmful. You can help your child make smart and safe choices while allowing him or her the opportunity for individuality.One of the most common issues of self-expression we hear from parents concerns oral piercings. That includes the tongue, lips, cheeks and even uvula..... <view entire article>

Healthy Teeth: Always on Duty for Your Child..

Date: October 12, 2018 | Time: 12:28pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Healthy Teeth: Always on Duty for Your ChildMost parents know that teeth help a child bite, tear and chew food. But they do much, much more. Indeed, because they do so much, it is absolutely vital to keep your child's teeth in good shape. While your child's primary teeth fall out at around age 6, maintaining the health of these baby teeth is vital because they serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth that follow. Here are three of the.... <view entire article>

Healthy Child, Healthy Mouth..

Date: September 28, 2018 | Time: 12:23pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Healthy Child, Healthy MouthWe recommend that parents bring their children to KiDDS Dental as soon as that first baby tooth erupts. As dental professionals with special training to treat children, we know the importance of keeping up with dental care. Regular visits during childhood and adolescence help children form good dental care habits that ensure your children enter adulthood with healthy teeth and gums. But what happens if parents do not take their children to the dentist regularly?The Centers for.... <view entire article>

Extreme Mouth Makeover: Express Route to a Beautiful Smile..

Date: September 14, 2018 | Time: 10:50am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Extreme Mouth Makeover: Express Route to a Beautiful SmileAre you and your teen happy with his or her smile? One of the wonderful things about the teenage years is the ability to finally do something about the dental issues that have always bothered you and your teen.Crooked or missing teeth, gummy smiles or discolored teeth can now be fixed permanently in ways that were not appropriate when your child was younger. If your teen has several problems that need correcting,.... <view entire article>

Guard Your Child's Teeth Against Injuries and Grinding..

Date: August 31, 2018 | Time: 12:04pm | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Guard Your Child's Teeth Against Injuries and GrindingIf your child plays sports or grinds his or her teeth, Dr. Jared may recommend a mouth guard, a covering worn over the teeth to protect them from injury. Sports injuries can cause chipped, broken or lost teeth, or other damage to the mouth area. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, may result in fractures, cracks or worn-down teeth. A mouth guard can protect the teeth from injury and offer relief from the painful results.... <view entire article>

Good Sleep and Good Dental Health Go Together..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 11:50am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Good Sleep and Good Dental Health Go TogetherEvery night, your child brushes and flosses, gives you a kiss and climbs into bed. This is an excellent routine to promote dental health-and not just because of the brushing and flossing. While we sleep, our bodies heal. Our blood sugar levels stabilize, our immune system reboots, and our blood vessels and heart can do their important maintenance work. For children, whose bodies are constantly growing and changing, sleep is critically important.Considering the.... <view entire article>

Good Oral Care Habits Last for Life..

Date: August 3, 2018 | Time: 11:46am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Good Oral Care Habits Last for LifeMany recent studies have focused on the important role played by healthy teeth and gums to maintain the body's overall health. Gum disease is, after all, a form of inflammation, and the body's so-called inflammatory cascade-the series of bodily processes caused or spurred on by inflammation-has been associated with many illnesses and health conditions.One of the best ways to prevent gum disease as an adult is to establish healthy habits of good oral care.... <view entire article>

Give Your Child's Teeth a Sporting Chance..

Date: July 20, 2018 | Time: 11:43am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Give Your Child's Teeth a Sporting ChanceAs much as we don't like to think about them, injuries can happen to children and teens when they play a sport. The typical protective precautions are well known: helmets for football players, chest protectors for softball and baseball catchers, face masks for hockey goaltenders.But you must think ahead about protecting your child's teeth. Consider the mouth guard. Without one, your child can be up to 60 times more likely to suffer a dental.... <view entire article>