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Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of New Britain Blog

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Is Your Baby Teething? Here’s How to Help Them Sleep

January 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 9:48 pm
Closeup of baby chewing on teething ring

Is your little one teething? Then a peaceful night’s sleep may seem like a distant memory. After all, their aching gums can be extremely uncomfortable, causing them (and you!) to experience sleepless night after sleepless night. While this is a natural phase of them growing into their adorable smile, it’s also natural to want to find an effective remedy. So, here are five tips for helping a teething baby sleep.

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8 Last-Minute, Sugar-Free Stocking Stuffers

December 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 3:49 pm

The last few months of the year always go by in a flash, so who can blame you for still having some shopping to do? If you’re in need of some smaller presents, why not opt for some mouth-healthy options? After all, the last thing you want is to give someone the gift of a cavity in the new year. If you need some inspiration, here are some last-minute, sugar-free stocking stuffer ideas!

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4 Important Oral Health Facts For Nursing Parents

November 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 3:18 pm
Closeup of parent holding a nursing baby

After months of planning and preparing, you finally get to meet your little one. Somehow, the moment is even better than you imagined. Then and there, you know that you would do anything to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. If you choose to breastfeed your child, you likely want to know everything you can. With this in mind, keep reading to learn four important facts about nursing and oral health!

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The Shark Teeth Phenomenon: What It Is & When to Worry

October 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 7:18 pm
Closeup of young kid's mouth with two rows of teeth

As a parent, you can prepare and prepare, but there will always be moments that take you back. From their ability to reach the cookie jar (that you swore you hid so well) to their capacity to bounce back after hurting their knee, there are endless surprises that come with parenthood. However, when you hear about the common phenomenon “shark teeth,” you might really be thrown for a loop. Before you worry, keep reading to learn what it is and when you should contact your child’s dentist.

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The Most Common Reasons for Children’s Tooth Extractions

September 17, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 6:27 pm
Closeup of dentist looking inside child's mouth

For a child, feeling a tooth get looser and looser is exciting – it means the tooth fairy is on their way! But what if they need to get a tooth pulled that isn’t wiggly? The surgical removal of a tooth can be scary for children and parents alike. To make the entire experience as seamless as possible, keep reading to learn the most common reasons for children’s tooth extractions and how to prepare your little one.

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