Archive for 'Pediatric Dentistry' Category

Don’t Use Benzocaine for Children’s Teething Pain!

Pediatric Dentistry

When young children experience teething pain, it's natural for concerned parents to want to help. But for the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers against using over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for teething discomfort that contain benzocaine. Now, the agency is taking action to get more...

Just Say No to Fruit Juice Before Age 1

Nutrition, Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay

When the labels claim “100% juice,” “no added sugar” and “all natural,” it's tempting to think that juice is a good nutritional choice for children. That's why parents buy gallons of it every year, daycares stock juice boxes adorned with beloved cartoon characters, and school cafeterias serve juice to help more...

Scouting for Smiles

Fun Dental Facts, Pediatric Dentistry

Since it was founded in 1907, the worldwide Scouting movement has encouraged countless young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development. Established about 100 years later, America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation seeks to keep children from experiencing the problems of preventable dental disease. Recently, these two youth-oriented more...

No Fooling: Baby Teeth Really Do Deserve Special Care

Dental Health Tips, Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay

On April Fool’s Day, many people enjoy playing harmless pranks on unsuspecting colleagues… like leaving a memo that “Mr. Fox” called, along with the phone number of the local zoo. But this past April 1, the New York Times took the opposite tack: They ran an interactive feature called “A more...

What Is a Palatal Expander?

orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

Orthodontists don’t just reposition crooked teeth, they can also treat aspects of facial growth and jaw development to create a more aesthetic and functional bite. The palatal expander is an appliance they can use to achieve this. It gently widens the upper jaw and palate (roof of the mouth) — more...

4 Reasons a Pediatric Dentist Could be a Good Dental Care Choice for Your Child

Pediatric Dentistry

At no other time in life do the teeth, jaws and facial structures grow as rapidly as between birth and early adulthood. That’s why it may be beneficial for your child to see a pediatric dentist. This dental professional specializes in oral care for children and adolescents with advanced knowledge more...

Chewing Gum Linked to Headaches in Kids

Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry

A gum-chewing habit can result in chronic headaches, according to a study published recently in Pediatric Neurology. Researchers in Israel studied 30 young children and teens who were suffering from chronic migraines or tension headaches — and who also chewed gum from 1-6 hours per day. When they stopped chewing more...

Sodas Are ‘De-Listed’ on Kids’ Fast-Food Menus

Nutrition, Pediatric Dentistry

Want to order a kiddie meal from one of the popular fast-food restaurants? You’ll see several main-dish choices, like a hamburger, cheeseburger, or chicken nuggets, plus a side dish and beverage. But there’s one thing you won’t see listed on the menu any more: fountain drinks, like soda. Bowing to more...

Children and Fluoride

Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently changed its recommendations for use of fluoride toothpaste in children. While the ADA had previously recommended waiting until a child turns 2 to begin use of fluoride toothpaste, the new recommendations call for brushing all baby teeth as soon as they come in with more...

When Your Child Needs Dental Treatment

Dental Health Tips, Pediatric Dentistry

Dental treatments like root canals and tooth-colored bonding aren't just for adults. In fact, children sometimes require the same dental treatments that adults routinely get — though not always for the same reasons. For example, an adult may need a root canal to save a permanent tooth that's in danger more...