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Pregnancy/Prenatal Care and Your Oral Health

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Did you know that it’s a good idea to take extra steps to maintain your dental hygiene while you’re pregnant? There’s a connection between your pregnancy and your oral health, and how you take care of your mouth could even have an impact on the well-being of your child. So check out the prenatal oral care tips below to ensure you can keep both your mouth and your baby as healthy as possible.

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Breastfeeding and Dental Health | The Connection

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One of the most important decisions that you will make for your newborn is whether or not you will breastfeed. And you might already know about some of the many benefits that your milk could provide to your baby, such as a boost to his or her immune system. But what about your baby’s dental health? And what about your dental health? Is there a connection between oral health and breastfeeding, for both mom and baby?

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What You Need to Know About Dental Sports Injuries


Whether you play sports or your kids play sports, it’s important to know that there is a risk for dental injuries with these activities. Below we’ve listed out some helpful information so you can have a better understanding of the risks, as well as what you can do to take the appropriate precautions to prevent these injuries.

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Pregnancy and Oral Health

pregnancy and oral health

Your body goes through a lot of changes while you’re pregnant. Could these changes affect your oral health? Or can your oral health affect the health of your baby? Get all of the answers you need below.

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Infants Thumb Sucking | The Dental Effects

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It’s totally natural for your infant to suck on his or her thumb or cry for a pacifier, but this is a habit that could adversely affect the health and appearance of your child’s teeth. Check out the information below to learn about when thumb sucking stops being soothing and starts being a problem.

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3 Ways to Keep Kids Teeth Healthy This Summer

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Summer is a time to kick back, especially for kids who are on break from school. But it could be easy for children to neglect their dental hygiene habits when they’re waking up late, playing or lounging all day, and letting go of all responsibilities (do you miss being a kid yet?).

As a parent, you know that good dental care has to last all year long to help maintain a beautiful smile. There are a few ways to keep your kids’ teeth healthy throughout the summer, three of which are listed below.

  1. Snack Healthy

Snacks that are commonly enjoyed during the summer could create an acid attack on your kids’ teeth. You certainly don’t want that!

Consider stocking your kitchen with all of the tasty veggies and fruits that the season has to offer so that your kids have healthier options to choose from. Naturally sweet fruits like berries and watermelon are a better choice than ice cream, cookies, and sugary ice pops.

When it comes to staying hydrated, your kids might want to reach for a glass of soda, iced tea, lemonade, or fruit juice, but these can also be acidic and loaded with damaging sugars. Encourage your kids to quench their thirst with pure, refreshing water so that they can take an extra daily step towards keeping their teeth and gums clean and happy.

Heading out for a long trip to a vacation destination? Travel smart by packing healthy snacks like pears, carrots, tomatoes, and sunflower seeds, while avoiding starchy carbs like crackers and chips.       

  1. Don’t Take a Vacation from Your Dental Care Routine

When your schedule is erratic or you are traveling during the summer, it could be easy to fall off your dental care track, whether you are an adult or a kid. Packing travel sized toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash might help your entire family stay on course.

If your family stops at a rest area while driving to your destination, consider using that time as an opportunity to brush your teeth at least twice a day so you don’t skip a beat. Or maybe you can use the bathroom at the airport if your flight was delayed. And once you get to your hotel, try to maintain a morning and nighttime brushing and flossing routine that your kids can follow just like they do when they’re at home.

  1. Plan for Emergencies (Hey, You Never Know)

Summertime is for swimming, hiking, biking, and loads of other fun activities that will keep your kids active and entertained. But these physical activities may increase the risk of dental injuries and emergencies.

To help keep your kids’ teeth safe, being prepared and taking precautions is key. As an example, you can teach your children to be careful when they’re diving into pools or walking on a slippery deck. An accident could cause them to lose or break a tooth—talk about a ruined summer vacation!

If your child does get hurt, head to a dentist as soon as possible after cleaning the mouth with warm water and applying a cold pack to reduce as much swelling as possible. Gauze can also be used to inhibit or stop bleeding. And if a permanent tooth was knocked out, keep it moist in milk, saliva, or water on the way to the dentist if you are unable to place it back in the mouth. Try to stay calm; we know how scary these emergencies can be, but you got this!

Summer: A Great Time to See a Dentist!

Because the kids are off from school, summer is also a fantastic time to take them to the dentist for their routine checkup and cleaning. Besides, who wants to deal with a toothache when they’re on vacation, right?

Sticking to a schedule at home, away from home, and at the dentist’s office could help keep your kids’ teeth sparkling and strong. And when September rolls around, they’ll be ready to head back to school with a healthy smile.


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Kids First Dentist Visit: Dos and Don'ts

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Going to the dentist can be scary even for adults. So when it’s time to bring your child to their first dental appointment, use the following tips to make the experience as anxiety-free as possible.

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What You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

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For many new parents, the topic of baby teeth causes a host of questions. When will your baby’s teeth start to peek through the gum line? What should you expect when your child to start teething? And what are some of the things that you should know to keep your baby’s mouth healthy?  

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Oral Care for Babies

Oral Care For Babies

Did you know that experts recommend cleaning your baby’s mouth even before his or her teeth begin to emerge? It’s the first step in oral care for your infant, and it will help ensure an easier transition to brushing when your child is old enough.

If you’re a new parent, don’t worry, as we’ve compiled a list of tips on oral care for babies that will help guide you as your child grows.

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Help Your Kids Maintain Stellar Dental Health

Kids Dental Health

Good habits start early, so teaching your kids how to properly care for their teeth and gums will help ensure they’ll be able to maintain a healthy smile long into adulthood. Because February is National Children's Dental Health Month, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time showing your kids how important oral hygiene really is.

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5 Fun Treats for the New Year


Now that the holidays are soon to be over, fun holiday shaped treats will no longer be in season. But what does that mean for you and the healthy food you were able to disguise into fun treats for your kids? It doesn't have to mean a thing! As we approach a new year, healthy eating and keeping up with good habits comes to the forefront for most individuals as we start to think about resolutions. Keeping a constant, healthy diet is good for both your body and teeth. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five great snacks you can make for yourself or your kids. Just because there isn’t a holiday to celebrate, doesn’t mean we need to make eating healthy boring.

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Overbites: Protect Your Kids Smile!


Wires, rubber bands, brackets, oh my! Braces are a solution for quite a few oral issues including overcrowded teeth, overbites, crooked teeth, and “bad bites” just to name a few. In particular, the overbite is the second most common reason for braces.* According to the medical dictionary, an overbite is a condition in which the top teeth or incisors overlap the bottom teeth too much when the jaw completely is closed. The issue is quite common and can be remedied with braces and proper care. Although, secondary issues can appear if the issue is ignored.

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10 Facts About Baby Teeth

10 Facts About Baby Teeth

Baby teeth: they serve a much more important role than you think. Sure, they’ll all fall out or have to be pulled out at one point, but there is a need. Baby teeth start growing before birth and serve a huge role in our lives as we get older. Regardless of age, baby or adult, teeth help us chew and talk. Those little chompers can have quite an impact, so we’ve provided you with a list of ten facts, stats, and tips that might even amaze mothers with grown children!  

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Fun Halloween Treats For Your Kids

Halloween Kids Treats

Costumes, treats, decorations ... celebrating the different seasons and holidays with family and friends can come with so much enjoyment! To get in the Halloween spirit, we’ve decided to put together a list of three treats that can be fun to make with your kid(s). These treats might be on the healthier side, but they’re cute, taste great, and well, they don’t come with as much cavity potential.

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What You Should Do When You Break A Tooth

What You Should Do When You Break A Tooth 

Before we jump right in, we hope that you are not currently dealing with a broken tooth. Hopefully, you’re reading this to help prepare yourself in case the situation ever arises.

Broken, chipped, cracked, or fully removed - all not-so-great situations, but they can get much worse if not taken care of properly.

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Start The School Year With A Smile: Dental Tips For Kids

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Kids are back in school, and the initial first-week jitters have subsided. At first, there is so much excitement and buzz that getting the routine back in motion can be a challenge. Whether your plans include an early morning wake-up to make sure your kid’s lunch is packed, or you're a family that prefers a little extra sleep and does the packing the night before, either way, the first few weeks can be tough. After all, research shows that it takes on average 21 days to create a habit.

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Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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The answer is, yes!

We’re going to start with the facts: yes, there are dental insurance plans that help cover costs for children’s orthodontics, but to what extent depends on the insurance. Currently, the out-of-pocket cost of braces ranges from $3,000-$7,000 based on the type of treatment, the duration of treatment, the orthodontist, location, your dental insurance, and any other restorative work that may need to be completed before or throughout treatment.* The high cost for orthodontic services only helps aid in the argument as to why having insurance can make a huge impact.

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How To Maintain A Healthy Smile Through Life

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A smile is one of the first things people notice about a person. If you help take care of your teeth and gums, they will help take care of you. Here are a few things you can do to keep your mouth in tip-top shape!

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