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Wondering How Long Fillings Usually Last? Read This!

December 27, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 7:49 pm
Young child smiling while coloring at home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently shared that more than 40% of children between the ages of two and eleven have had cavities. So, if your little one is struggling with tooth decay, don’t be discouraged – they aren’t alone. Plus, their dentist can address the damage in a lifelike and durable way thanks to modern dental fillings. But how long do fillings last? And how will you know when it’s time to have them replaced? Keep reading for the answers!


Why You Should Take Part In The Teal Pumpkin Project This Halloween

October 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 2:25 pm
Teal and orange pumpkins

Burnt oranges, deep yellows, and muted reds are just a few classic fall colors that people love to decorate with. So, when you see a bunch of teal pumpkins, they are bound to stand out! Designed to help children with allergies trick-or-treat safely, The Teal Pumpkin Project is an initiative that’s gained a lot of attention over the years. To learn more about it and why you should participate this Halloween, keep reading!


New to Homeschooling? Here Are 5 Tips for Beginners

September 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 2:58 pm
Mother and child smiling while working on homework

Are you planning on homeschooling your child? You’re not alone. While there were an estimated 2.5 million homeschoolers in the U.S. pre-pandemic, that number has risen exponentially since 2020. While there are a number of benefits to this approach to education – from a flexible schedule to personalized learning – there are also some challenges for parents and children alike. To help, here are five homeschooling tips for beginners.


You Asked, We Answered: How Should I Pull My Child’s Loose Tooth?

August 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 7:29 pm
Closeup of child smiling while holding tooth

Although each child is different, most begin to lose their teeth around the age of six. As a parent, you know this is a completely normal part of growing up. As a kid, the news can be quite jarring. After all, how would you feel if you lost one of your teeth right now? The good news is that there are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to pulling a loose tooth that will help you and your little one navigate these new waters. To learn what they are, read on!


Here’s How Juice Affects Your Child’s Teeth

July 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 6:43 pm
Child drinking juice

Cavities are prevalent, but did you know that more than 50% of children will experience tooth decay before the age of five? In an effort to bring statistics like these down, organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics provide guidelines and recommendations for parents, including, most recently, that children under the age of 1 should not consume fruit juice. At first, that news may come as a shock. After all, isn’t orange juice, apple juice, and the like good for your little one? Keep reading to learn the answer.


4 Common Questions About Dental Sealants, Answered!

June 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 5:49 pm
Young girl with curly hair and healthy teeth smiling

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 40% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have experienced tooth decay. The prevalence of cavities continues as a whopping 90% of Americans have had at least one cavity by their 21st birthday. To help protect your child’s smile from falling into these statistics, you should talk to their dentist about dental sealants. Until that appointment, you can read on to learn the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about this common preventive dentistry treatment.


The #1 Reason Why Your Child Should Wear a Mouthguard

May 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 5:28 pm
Children playing soccer at park on summer day

Whether your child loves shooting hoops on the basketball court or scoring goals on the soccer field, it’s important that they wear the right equipment. After all, something as simple as a knee pad can make all the difference when a rogue ball or accidental elbow comes their way fast. For that same reason, your child should always wear a mouthguard while playing sports, whether it’s a contact or non-contact one. Read on to learn all about how custom-made mouthguards protect their teeth and a few additional sports-related oral health best practices.


Will Nitrous Oxide Sedation Put My Child to Sleep?

April 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 9:00 pm
Child give thumbs up for nitrous oxide sedation for kids in New Britain

Nitrous oxide sedation is a light, trusted, and highly effective way to stay calm and relaxed at the dentist’s office. Plus, it’s proven to be safe and reliable for children as well! If your child has a fear of the dentist or difficulty sitting still in the treatment chair, nitrous oxide sedation may be the perfect answer. However, as a concerned parent, you want to know exactly what you can expect from this form of dental sedation. Read on as we cover how nitrous oxide sedation for kids in New Britain works, including whether or not it puts them to sleep.


The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry for Patients with Special Needs

March 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 6:33 pm
Dentist placing nasal mask over patient's nose

According to one study from the National Library of Medicine, a whopping 42% of school-age children struggle with dental-related anxiety. As a result, your child’s dental appointments can be a stressful event, especially if they have a behavioral, mental, or physical disability. Of course, you as a parent know how important biannual dental checkups and cleanings are. So, how can you ensure they have the enjoyable and comfortable experience at the dentist they deserve? Sedation dentistry. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of sedation dentistry for special needs patients.


Know Before You Go: Nitrous Oxide Edition

February 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 4:06 pm
Closeup of patient using nitrous oxide at dental appointment

Does the sheer thought of having to visit the dentist cause your heart to race? Do your palms get sweaty when you’re sitting in the treatment chair? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, don’t worry – you aren’t alone. The good news is that nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is extremely effective at helping patients with dental-related anxiety get the calm, stress-free dentistry they need.

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