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Protecting the Oral Health of Your Child with Autism..

Date: October 9, 2020 | Time: 10:58am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Protecting the Oral Health of Your Child with AutismIf there's one word to remember when you and your child with autism navigate the world of oral hygiene, it's "gradual." Gradually have your child adjust to the first toothbrush, or to a new toothbrush, perhaps by just having it touch the lips at first. Practice the steps of toothbrushing in a favorite room, then gradually move the activity to the bathroom. Post a follow-along series of photos showing each step involved.... <view entire article>

Putting Your Child's Tongue Back Where It Belongs..

Date: September 11, 2020 | Time: 10:53am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Putting Your Child's Tongue Back Where It BelongsDoes your child always have his or her mouth slightly open? Are your child's lips dry or cracked from excessive licking? These are signs of tongue thrust, a common childhood condition that involves inappropriate placement of the tongue when swallowing or at rest. Tongue thrust can cause speech issues as well as dental problems.Children with this condition tend to thrust their tongues forward against the lips when swallowing. This motion puts pressure on.... <view entire article>

Preventing Preschool Caries..

Date: August 28, 2020 | Time: 10:51am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Preventing Preschool CariesIt's an unfortunate combination in young children: trends toward too much sugar (even from "healthy" carbs like whole-wheat crackers) and too little toothbrushing (allowed by parents who don't want to force their toddlers to do something they don't enjoy), along with some nasty bacteria called mutans streptococcus. The result is a significant rise in dental caries-the infection commonly known as "cavities"-in American preschoolers. Four million preschoolers, in fact-40% of children age 2 to 5-have at least one cavity,.... <view entire article>

Pacifier or Finger or Thumb: Does It Matter?..

Date: August 14, 2020 | Time: 10:49am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Pacifier or Finger or Thumb: Does It Matter?Whether it's a finger, thumb or pacifier, the comfort object your baby sucks allows him or her to self-soothe and even learn about the world in some basic ways. In fact, babies even suck their thumbs or fingers before birth. After birth, most babies who enjoy sucking between feedings demonstrate a preference for pacifier or thumb or finger. In terms of dental development, all three affect (or don't affect) oral structures equally. If.... <view entire article>

Ouch! That Hurts! Caring for Sensitive Teeth..

Date: July 31, 2020 | Time: 10:47am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Ouch! That Hurts! Caring for Sensitive TeethDoes drinking a cold soft drink or eating hot soup make your child wince? If so, he or she may be one of the more than 40 million Americans with sensitive teeth.Tooth sensitivity develops when a tooth loses its protective layers. The part of the tooth above the gum line is protected by a layer of enamel, the hardest substance in the body. A softer layer of a material extends below the gum line.... <view entire article>

Orofacial Crohn Disease in Children..

Date: July 17, 2020 | Time: 10:45am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Orofacial Crohn Disease in ChildrenSay Crohn disease and most people think of gastrointestinal issues, not oral problems. But orofacial Crohn disease is a specific disorder, associated with Crohn disease of the bowel, frequently found in children. It may occur simultaneously with bowel symptoms, or it may precede them, usually by a few months.The connection between the two is unclear. Experts think the inflammation from "traditional" Crohn disease may be a possible factor. Other possible causes include immunity problems, infections and.... <view entire article>

Oral Piercing and Your Teen's Dental Health..

Date: July 3, 2020 | Time: 10:40am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Oral Piercing and Your Teen's Dental HealthSpeaking with a forked tongue was once just an expression, implying that the speaker was not truthful. Today, forked tongues-tongues surgically split in two-are a reality, just one of the numerous forms of oral "body art" currently popular among teens and young adults. Your teen may want a mouth piercing, but be aware that inserting rings and other jewelry into the tongue, lip or cheek can pose serious health risks and cause permanent dental.... <view entire article>

Oral Clues to Eating Disorders..

Date: June 5, 2020 | Time: 10:35am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Oral Clues to Eating DisordersOf the more than 10 million Americans currently affected by serious eating disorders, most are teenagers and young adult women. In addition to having a negative effect on self-image, relationships with family and friends, and performance in school or at work, eating disorders also affect a person's oral health. In fact, oral clues-among them, thinner teeth, enlarged salivary glands and soft tissue ulcerations-are signs familiar to a dental professional of an eating problem such as bulimia.... <view entire article>

Mouthguards: Necessary Athletic Equipment..

Date: May 22, 2020 | Time: 10:33am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Mouthguards: Necessary Athletic EquipmentDo your children play basketball, football, soccer or softball? Do they wrestle or box, play rugby or lacrosse, skateboard, or participate in martial arts? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, all children should wear a properly fitted mouthguard when participating in these or any other contact sport. A mouthguard will help protect their teeth and reduce the likelihood of lip, cheek, tongue and jaw injuries.Mouthguards are flexible appliances that protect teeth from both direct and indirect.... <view entire article>

One Brushstroke = Ten Years of Cavity Protection..

Date: May 8, 2020 | Time: 10:31am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

One Brushstroke = Ten Years of Cavity ProtectionThe cavity-prevention method called "sealing" is a very effective and easy way for dentists and parents to help greatly reduce the chance that children will develop tooth decay.How it works: The sealant, brushed onto the surfaces of your child's teeth, is actually a liquid form of plastic. The back teeth-premolars and molars, with their particularly deep crevices-benefit most from sealants. Without sealants, food particles and decay-causing bacteria can remain in those tough-to-reach spaces,.... <view entire article>

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Date: April 28, 2020 | Time: 3:56pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Mother's DAY? No way!We'll be celebrating mothers ALL WEEK on Facebookand one lucky winner will get a Kindle Fire just for playing along.Look for a new way to enter to win each dayMay 3rd through May 9th.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, Facebook. No.... <view entire article>

Nothing Safe About Vaping..

Date: April 10, 2020 | Time: 10:27am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Nothing Safe About VapingThe popularity of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has increased dramatically in recent years. Marketed as a safer alternative to smoking, e-cigarettes offer nicotine in a liquid vapor that is inhaled like a cigarette, but without any actual tobacco. Although many people assume they are safe, there is no scientific evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Nicotine, regardless of how it is delivered, can have a detrimental effect on oral health, and it is important that children and.... <view entire article>

Nerve Treatment in Primary Teeth..

Date: March 27, 2020 | Time: 10:26am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Nerve Treatment in Primary TeethIt may seem odd to imagine a crown on a baby tooth. After all, the primary teeth are your child's "practice set," right? Unfortunately, that's not really the case. The primary teeth serve a very important purpose, as the placeholders for future permanent teeth. If a child suffers from an infection or abscess in a baby tooth that is left untreated, the tooth may eventually be lost altogether. And if this happens before the permanent teeth.... <view entire article>

Date: March 13, 2020 | Time: 10:24am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Mouthguard Cleaning 101: Know the ScoreThe thought of your child using someone else's mouthguard is pretty disgusting, right? But remember that the bacteria, yeast, fungi and other undesirable particles on your child's own mouthguard need to be cleaned away-properly-before every use. And whether the guard is used for sports or to prevent teeth-grinding, whether it is custom-made or off-the-shelf, it needs to be sanitized regularly, no matter how clean it may look.Rinsing with cold water before and after each use.... <view entire article>

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Date: March 5, 2020 | Time: 2:21pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Facebook in no way endorses or promotes this contest. It is solely promoted by KiDDS Dental. The Rules:KiDDS Dental's Floss Madness Bracket Contest begins March 2, 2020 and ends March 17, 2020. By submitting a bracket, each entrant agrees to the rules and states that they are 18 years or older.Who may enter: Adults 18 years or older are eligible to complete a bracket. KiDDS Dental will determine the eligibility of each bracket submitted at its sole discretion. Employees.... <view entire article>

Mouth Ulcers and Your Child..

Date: February 28, 2020 | Time: 11:22am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Mouth Ulcers and Your ChildSeeing an ulcer in your child's mouth can be disconcerting, especially if the sore causes pain. A relatively common condition, mouth ulcers in children typically are either canker sores, cold sores (caused by the herpes simplex virus) or hand-foot-mouth (HFM) disease (caused by the Coxsackie A-16 virus). The first step in helping your child deal with mouth ulcers is diagnosing the underlying cause.Canker sores-one to three small, white ulcers that usually pop up on the inside.... <view entire article>

Mouth Breathing: Why It Matters..

Date: February 14, 2020 | Time: 11:20am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Mouth Breathing: Why It MattersLet's say your child has a stuffy nose for a few days and you notice that, understandably enough, he or she is breathing mostly through the mouth rather than through the nostrils. No long-term harm will result from that temporary change.But if a child breathes through the mouth as a matter of course, week in and week out, cold or no cold, that is a cause for significant concern.Here's why. If left untreated, chronic mouth breathing.... <view entire article>

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Date: January 31, 2020 | Time: 11:18am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

More Calcium Equals Better Dental HealthGood nutrition is an important component of good oral health. We all know that children should avoid sugary snacks, especially soda and candy that stick to the teeth. Calcium consumption may play a significant role in maintaining your child's healthy smile. In addition to milk, there are several other foods that will add calcium to your child's diet.Most of us were told as children that milk helps to build strong bones. That is true-and it.... <view entire article>

Mind the Gap: Dealing with Prematurely Lost Baby Teeth..

Date: January 17, 2020 | Time: 11:15am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Mind the Gap: Dealing with Prematurely Lost Baby TeethPeople get two sets of teeth, their primary teeth and their permanent teeth. Losing baby teeth is a normal, healthy part of life. As children grow, their baby teeth fall out to make room for the larger adult teeth that should last them for the rest of their lives. But some children might lose them too soon, usually from cavities or accidents. For others, not all their baby teeth grow in normally..... <view entire article>

Make Toothbrushing Fun for Your Child..

Date: December 20, 2019 | Time: 11:12am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Make Toothbrushing Fun for Your ChildGetting your children to brush their teeth can be a lot like, well, pulling teeth, and it is a challenge many parents list among their greatest difficulties. But getting children to brush-and do it correctly-may require a change of perspective. Dentists have spent decades helping children view taking care of their teeth not as a chore to be dreaded but as a game to be enjoyed. Here are a few of their techniques you might.... <view entire article>