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Keep Those Baby Teeth Healthy..

Date: June 7, 2019 | Time: 9:31am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Keep Those Baby Teeth HealthyAs adults, we understand and accept that good oral hygiene is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Poor oral hygiene in adults often leads to drastic complications over the long run. Why, then, would you not want to consider the health of your child's teeth from their very first appearance? Even though these "baby teeth" will one day be replaced with a second set, there is no need to risk the quality of your child's life.... <view entire article>

Keep That Saliva Flowing..

Date: May 24, 2019 | Time: 9:29am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Keep That Saliva FlowingDehydration occurs when your body loses more water than it takes in, making it unable to carry out its normal functions properly. In both children and adults, dehydration can be caused by excessive sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration can include dry skin, headache, dizziness and dry mouth.Saliva plays an important role in keeping teeth healthy. It helps wash away bits of food that might otherwise linger on or between teeth. Those food.... <view entire article>

Keep Molar Decay at Bay..

Date: May 10, 2019 | Time: 9:24am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Keep Molar Decay at BayTooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth make acids that eat away at the teeth, causing a hole or a cavity that can cause pain, infection and tooth loss. Helping your child protect his or her permanent molars from the effects of decay can save a world of hurt down the road. Here are some tips to help you ensure that those hard-to-reach back teeth stay as healthy as possible:Make sure your child brushes his.... <view entire article>

Keep It Clean: Why Your Child Needs Regular Dental Cleanings..

Date: April 26, 2019 | Time: 9:22am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Keep It Clean: Why Your Child Needs Regular Dental CleaningsWith our expertise and instruments, we can clean your child's teeth to a degree that simply cannot be achieved at home. From there, your child has a baseline from which to begin the next six months of brushing, flossing and rinsing until we see him or her again. But there are other reasons to ensure that we clean your child's teeth on a regular schedule:Regular visits ensure that your child is.... <view entire article>

Date: April 25, 2019 | Time: 9:46am | Posted By: (KiDDS Dental)

Mother's DAY? No way!We'll be celebrating mothers ALL WEEK on Facebookand one lucky winner will get a Kindle Fire HD 8 just for playing along.Look for a new way to enter to win each dayMay 5th through May 11th.Contest Rules:By entering this promotion, participant agrees to a complete release of Facebook from any or all liability in connection with this contest. It is also acknowledgment that the contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with,.... <view entire article>

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>