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Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of New Britain Blog

8 Last-Minute, Sugar-Free Stocking Stuffers

December 14, 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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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An Oral Hygiene Guide for Children with Special Needs

August 18, 2021

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Closeup of young girl with down syndrome smiling

Your child’s teeth help them smile, chew, and speak. That’s why implementing a solid oral hygiene routine from an early age is so important! If your child has special needs, they may need a little extra help and encouragement to prioritize their dental care. With this in mind, here are a few tips for stress-free, effective special needs dentistry.

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Are Tongue Ties Becoming More Common?

July 30, 2021

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Closeup of baby’s tongue and two front teeth

When you become a parent, your whole world changes. In addition to completely shifting your priorities, you’re constantly absorbing new information on how to best care for your little one. In the process, you likely learned about tongue ties. Also known as ankyloglossia, this condition has been getting a lot of attention recently. But is it actually becoming more and more common? Keep reading for the answer.

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Why Baby Teeth DO Matter

June 24, 2021

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Closeup of child with baby teeth smiling

From their first gummy grin to their smile in their prom photos, your child’s smile undergoes quite a transformation! Since baby teeth only make a short appearance in the grand scheme of things, many parents mistakenly believe that they don’t require the same level of care their permanent set does. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, caring for their baby teeth properly is important for a number of reasons. Keep reading to learn what they are!

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4 Reasons Teenagers Should Visit a Pediatric Dentist

May 18, 2021

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Girl pointing at her smile after visiting pediatric dentist for teens

If you have a teenager, they’ve likely already reminded you a few times that they’re not a baby anymore. However, they still have a ways to go to reach adulthood! In fact, their teeth, jaws, and other oral structures will continue to develop and change well into their late teens. A pediatric dentist has specialized training in anticipating and treating the unique oral healthcare needs that teens may face at this stage of life. Here are four great reasons to bring your teenager to a pediatric dentist that you may not have considered yet.

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Can My Child Get Braces When They Still Have Baby Teeth?

March 11, 2021

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Young girl with Phase 1 orthodontics in New Britain

Most of the time, crooked teeth and braces are associated with the teenage years. However, did you know that your child doesn’t need to have all their permanent teeth to get (or need) orthodontic care? In fact, early intervention with pediatric braces can make all the difference in preventing serious complications and expensive treatments in the future. Your child may even be able to achieve a straighter smile sooner than they would with traditional braces later in life! Here’s everything you need to know about a pediatric treatment called Phase 1 orthodontics and how to tell if your child could benefit from it.

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3 Things to Teach Your Child for National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 7, 2021

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Young girl brushes teeth after visiting New Britain children's dentist

February is recognized as National Children’s Dental Health Month! As you are buying chocolates and making Valentine’s Day cards, take a moment to stop and appreciate your child’s smile. Keeping their teeth and gums healthy as they grow is essential for their long-term oral health. Now is the perfect time to teach your little one about taking care of their smile that will benefit them for the rest of their life! Read on as we go over three great lessons to teach your child this National Children’s Dental Health Month!

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