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Your Child’s Oral Health: Why Baby Teeth Matter

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Your child goes through a lot of changes in the first few years of their lives, and each new step builds on the previous one. Dental development, for example, takes place in stages and each is crucial to the next. Baby or primary teeth are an excellent example; while many parents believe that they don’t serve a real purpose and will come out anyway, they create the perfect foundation for the permanent teeth that follow. 

As your children’s dentist in Birmingham, AL, we want you to be aware of all the important aspects of your child’s oral health care. Let’s take a look at the role baby teeth play and ...

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More Kids Than Ever Are Seeing the Dentist – Is Yours One of Them?

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If asked to name the most common childhood disease, most people would probably guess that it’s the common cold or asthma. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that it’s dental caries (cavities), a highly preventable condition.

The good news is that studies by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute show that more kids than ever before have dental benefits. In 2015 only 10 percent of children in the US lacked benefits coverage.

Problem-Free Smiles Supports a High-Quality of Life

There are many ways that poor oral health can impact your child’s quality of life. When kids have chronic dental problems, their quality of life suffers in many areas:

  • Speech development problems
  • Difficulty chewing, ...

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The Top 3 Qualities of a Good Children’s Dentist

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Do you have dental anxiety? Did it start in childhood? 

If you answer yes to either of these questions, you already know the importance of positive dental visits for your children. One negative experience early on can lead to memories that leave a lasting impression that lingers long into adulthood.

So how can you ensure that your child remains anxiety-free when seeing the dentist? Exposing them to dentistry early on with children’s books about dental visits is a good idea. Also, letting them watch you brush and floss helps them begin to understand that taking care of their teeth is a thing they need to do. 

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Making Your Child's Dental Visit a Success

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The appearance of your child's first tooth is a big milestone! It's not just a sign that your baby is growing and changing, it's also part of a process of dental development that will continue into your child's early twenties.

Protecting Baby Teeth

A common misconception is that since baby teeth eventually come out, they don't require any special care. This couldn't be further from the truth! Baby teeth play an essential role because they allow your child to start eating solid foods and develop proper speech patterns. They are also placeholders for permanent teeth to erupt properly.

Ensuring these teeth stay healthy now gives your child is a positive foundation for a ...

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Have You Considered DIY Braces? What You Need to Know

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Lots of us love taking on DIY (Do It Yourself) projects that we come across on the internet. But there is one disturbing trend that’s becoming prevalent, especially with kids, and that is DIY braces.

As a parent you may be horrified by this thought, as well you should be! But a quick search of ‘DIY braces’ brings up over 13 million results! Clearly, there are lots of people who are considering DIY braces. It’s hard to fathom, but you can even go online and find videos of kids demonstrating how to close gaps with rubber bands and even paper clips! 

DIY Braces Are A Bad Idea!

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Don't Let Tooth Decay Hold Your Child Back

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, kids get cavities - lots of them.

In spite of the fact that tooth decay in kids is highly preventable, it is the most common chronic childhood illness in children between the ages of 6 and 11. The availability of fluoridated water has reduced the prevalence of tooth decay, but we still clearly have a lot of work to do!

How Oral Health Affects Kids

We all want our kids to have the best possible start in life. As parents, we provide opportunities for learning, growing, and playing. But what happens when your child is held back by dental problems? When you have tooth discomfort, you ...

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Have You Scheduled Your Kids' Back-to-School Exams?

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Summer is gradually drawing to a close, and parents everywhere are busy buying school supplies and getting their kids ready for the first day of school. You have backpacks in order, your shelves are stocked with healthy lunchtime snacks, and you feel confident you’re ready for the big day.

But don’t forget to add back-to-school exams to your to-do list! We want to ensure that your child enjoys the benefits of healthy teeth, so let’s take a look at the importance of preventive dental exams.

Cavities – The Most Common Childhood Disease

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, dental caries (tooth decay) are the most common chronic childhood disease.

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