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    These Resources Can Help You Maintain Your Child's Dental Health

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    It is important to begin teaching children about good oral hygiene as soon as you can.  Learn more about maintaining your child’s oral health by reading through the articles below. Call Best Kids Dentist at (718) 491-5300 to schedule an appointment for your child today.

    • Read this article from Colgate.com to learn why your child may need braces.
    • If your child has braces, good oral hygiene practices are vital. This article from Oral-B offers excellent techniques and tips for brushing with braces.
    • Learn about baby bottle tooth decay by reading this article from the American Dental Association.
    • This publication from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital explains tongue thrusting in detail, including complications it can cause.
    • Check out this article from WebMD.com to learn about the causes of tooth decay and cavities.

    What Foods Your Child Should Avoid During Orthodontic Treatment

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Braces give many children beautiful, perfectly aligned smiles. However, getting to that point takes a bit of time, and proper care for teeth is essential. Caring for the braces themselves helps to ensure faster treatment times. Part of that care includes avoiding certain foods. Your pediatric orthodontist will give your child a list of foods to avoid while wearing braces. Some of them include:

    Sticky Candies
    Taffy, caramel, and fruit gummies can literally pull your child’s brackets right off their teeth. Even if damage to the braces doesn’t occur, sticky candies are loaded with sugar that is notoriously difficult to brush away. This could result in tooth decay. You can offer soft alternatives if your child has a craving for sweets—just be sure that they brush thoroughly afterward!

    Hard Foods
    Though foods like hard candies should be avoided for several reasons, even healthy foods that are crunchy can damage braces. Your child can still enjoy apples and carrots if you cut them into bite-sized pieces, but nuts, ice, popcorn, and jerky should be avoided. Anything that requires your child to bite into it with the front teeth, such as corn on the cob, is probably a bad idea.

    Sodas and Citrus
    Both soft drinks and citric fruits, such as lemons, contain high amounts of acid, which can be damaging to the teeth. Even if they don’t cause decay, they can cause staining that will be obvious when the braces come off. Water is the best choice, but you can offer juice and sports drinks as well. Just be sure your child rinses after consuming any beverage with sugar.

    If you are looking for a children’s dentist or pediatric orthodontist, contact us at Best Kids Dentist. We specialize in pediatric dentistry and offer a complete range of services. Call (718) 491-5300 for an appointment today.

    What Causes Painful Dental Cavities?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Like adults, children are at risk for developing cavities. While visiting a children’s dentist regularly is important for monitoring oral health and detecting cavities early, prevention is always best. If you’re wondering what causes a cavity to form in the first place, check out this video.

    You’ll learn that cavities are actually caused by the acids that bacteria in the mouth emit after eating. Daily brushing and flossing are essential to preventing cavities, so be sure to help your child perform these tasks.

    To learn more about pediatric dental care, contact us at Best Kids Dentist. We provide pediatric dentistry services in addition to orthodontic services. Call (718) 491-5300 today to set up an appointment for your child.

    How to Help Your Child Avoid Common Oral Health Problems

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Sometimes, even when you do everything right, your child may experience oral health problems. Your pediatric dentist can offer a wealth of information concerning your child’s dental health as well as treatment options. However, many oral health complications are completely preventable. Here are some common dental problems associated with childhood:

    Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
    Baby bottle tooth decay develops when a child has frequent access to a bottle. You should offer a bottle when needed, but avoid using a bottle to put your child to sleep or to soothe. Additionally, make sure that you are only offering breast milk, formula, or water in the bottle. Never put juice, soda, tea, or other sugary drinks into a bottle.

    Thumb Sucking
    For the most part, children either suck their thumbs constantly, or they don’t at all. This behavior is usually evident almost immediately after birth. It is quite common for babies to suck their thumbs, and it isn’t a real cause for concern unless the child continues past age five. Thumb sucking after this age can cause problems with the teeth. Encourage your child to give up the thumb and offer praise for positive behavior. If it continues, ask your children’s dentist for advice.

    Tongue Thrusting
    Tongue thrusting may interfere with speech development. Generally, a speech pathologist is the best ally for correcting a tongue thrust.

    Early Tooth Loss and Cavities
    Early tooth loss is usually a result of severe decay or an injury. Take your child to a children’s dentist regularly, and encourage proper oral care. Provide mouth protection if your child participates in sports to prevent injury.

    For more information about children’s oral health problems, or for an appointment with a kids’ dentist, contact us at Best Kids Dentist. We offer pediatric dentistry services as well as orthodontics. Call (718) 491-5300 to learn more today!

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