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Grow Up Smiling!

Date: April 9, 2021 | Time: 11:36am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Skip the Soda-Save the TeethMost parents understand that the combination of sugars and acids in sodas and other soft drinks are bad-really bad-for children's teeth. Here's why: In the mouth, soda causes a buildup of harmful acids that eat away at tooth enamel, making teeth far more prone to decay. While most parents understand the dangers of drinking an excessive amount of soda, several studies show just how dangerous drinking any soft drinks can be when it comes to maintaining.... <view entire article>

Sippy Cup Do's and Don'ts..

Date: March 12, 2021 | Time: 12:30pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Sippy Cup Do's and Don'tsSippy cups provide a natural transition between bottles and regular cups. A good sippy cup can be a wonderful tool to teach your child how to drink independently and transition from sucking to sipping. Sadly, many families misunderstand the purpose of sippy cups and use them less as a teaching device and more as a way to avoid messes. This can result in the formation of bad habits and increased risks of dental problems. Here are.... <view entire article>

Sealing Out Tooth Decay..

Date: February 26, 2021 | Time: 12:25pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Sealing Out Tooth DecayThe chewing surfaces on the back teeth-the premolars and molars-include numerous depressions and grooves. These indentations, called fissures and pits, help us grind our food into particles small enough to swallow.Unfortunately, toothbrush bristles cannot get into the smaller fissures and pits to remove tiny bits of food and plaque bacteria that accumulate on the back teeth. This means that even regular brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep those fissures and pits clean.The result? These.... <view entire article>

Should You Keep Your Sniffling Child Away from Our Office?..

Date: February 12, 2021 | Time: 12:21pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Should You Keep Your Sniffling Child Away from Our Office?Six months ago, when you scheduled your child's twice-yearly dental checkup at KiDDS Dental, you had no idea he or she was going to wake up on the designated day with a runny nose and sore throat. You have already rearranged your work schedule to take your child to the appointment and don't want to put it off, especially because your child has been complaining about some mouth pain. But should.... <view entire article>

Seven Ways to Protect Your Child's Teeth..

Date: January 29, 2021 | Time: 12:20pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Seven Ways to Protect Your Child's TeethProtecting your child's teeth from an early age is the best way to minimize tooth- and mouth-related problems as your child grows. Use this seven-step plan to develop an oral hygiene strategy that works for you and your child:1. See the dentist early. Ideally, your goal should be to take your child to see a dentist by her first birthday.2. Start brushing with the first tooth. Although many parents may not feel a need.... <view entire article>

Sealing Out Dental Cavities..

Date: January 1, 2021 | Time: 12:16pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Sealing Out Dental CavitiesIf your child's permanent teeth have started to erupt, we may have discussed dental sealants with you. This invisible coating routinely applied to the teeth protects all of their ridges, grooves, nooks and crannies from decay-causing bacteria. We usually recommend dental sealants for children as soon as their permanent molars are in, before the teeth have a chance to decay. Not only is this treatment simple but it can save a lot of time, money and discomfort.... <view entire article>

Save That Knocked Out Tooth!..

Date: December 18, 2020 | Time: 12:13pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Save That Knocked Out Tooth!If your child comes running to you with a bloody mouth and hole where a front tooth used to be, don't panic. Take a deep breath. If your child lost a baby tooth, let it go. If your child lost a permanent tooth, that is a dental emergency. But teeth can often be re-implanted. You can increase your child's chances of keeping the tooth by taking the following steps.After ensuring that your child has no other.... <view entire article>

Saliva: Nothing to Spit At..

Date: December 4, 2020 | Time: 12:11pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Saliva: Nothing to Spit AtSaliva plays an important role in maintaining oral health. The mouth has six major salivary glands, while your mouth and throat have hundreds of minor ones, all of which deliver saliva by way of salivary ducts. Every time you chew food or suck on candy, your body makes more saliva.Composed mostly of water, saliva plays an important role in maintaining a healthy mouth and smile. It contains vital substances that help digest food and keep teeth.... <view entire article>

Covid 2BWe 2527re 2BOpenDec 2020 COVID-19 Update..

Date: December 2, 2020 | Time: 4:57pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Some of our patients may have seen recent news coverage indicating that non-urgent dental care in Washington will be suspended starting December 3. We want to inform you that these reports are incorrect. Non-urgent dental care in Washington is not being suspended.Your safety is our foremost concern. We want to reassure you that we are following guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA), CDC, and Washington State Department of Health to keep our patients and team healthy and safe, and.... <view entire article>

Safety First: Preventing Dental Injuries..

Date: November 20, 2020 | Time: 12:09pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Safety First: Preventing Dental InjuriesDental injuries and emergencies can happen to children anytime. Research suggests that when children start to walk and run-generally between the ages of 1 and 3-they are at high risk. Toddlers are often uncoordinated, which places them at major risk for falls and bumps.Another high-risk time is between the ages of 8 and 11 years, when children are more active and less cautious. Injuries to children's teeth can be stressful to them and their parents. Dental.... <view entire article>

Remove Plaque and Reduce Pneumonia Risk..

Date: November 6, 2020 | Time: 12:06pm | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Remove Plaque and Reduce Pneumonia RiskPracticing good oral hygiene is essential to preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. But did you know that proper oral care can also benefit your child's overall health?Recent research has linked dental hygiene to many respiratory conditions, particularly pneumonia, which, along with influenza, is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States.Pneumonia is commonly triggered by a viral or bacterial infection. Viral pneumonia usually heals on its own, while the.... <view entire article>

Pacifiers, Thumbs and Your Baby's Teeth..

Date: October 23, 2020 | Time: 11:03am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Pacifiers, Thumbs and Your Baby's TeethAre you concerned when your child sucks his or her thumb or cries for a pacifier? Sucking on fingers and other objects is a perfectly normal habit that provides babies with a sense of security and a way to learn about the world. However, when continued for too long, thumb- or pacifier-sucking can have a negative effect on the child's dental health, particularly the alignment of the front teeth, as well as the formation of.... <view entire article>

Reduce the Risk for Enamel Fluorosis..

Date: October 23, 2020 | Time: 11:01am | Posted By: [email protected] (KiDDS Dental)

Reduce the Risk for Enamel FluorosisParents are vigilant lest their baby develop any imperfection-especially one that could be avoided. For instance, parents would not want to feed their child with formula that would cause enamel fluorosis in permanent teeth.Although the name sounds ominous, enamel fluorosis is most often nearly invisible to the naked eye and has no systematic effects. Enamel fluorosis is the excessive whitening of spots on the enamel of permanent teeth. The condition develops only while the teeth.... <view entire article>

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>