Can kids get gum disease? Good question. The short answer is “yes,” but we’ll dive into a little more detail here. First, we’ll take a quick look at what healthy gums are and what they do, and that will help us get an idea of what your kid’s dentist means when he talks about gum disease or unhealthy gums. Then, we’ll take a look at how gum disease shows up in children and how it is treated.
Many of us don’t like flossing our own teeth, let alone the thought of having to help someone else floss their teeth, but teaching your kids to floss their teeth will pay off in the end. Today, we’re going to give you 5 tips about kids and flossing.
Sensitive teeth. If your child hasn’t experienced sensitive teeth, the words might almost seem like an oxymoron. Aren’t teeth some of the toughest parts of our body? Well, yes. They are. But here’s the thing: if the tough outer enamel gets worn down or damaged or if the protective gums are compromised, then the interior parts of the tooth are exposed, and the teeth might, in fact, become sensitive.
Saliva, better known as “spit,” is one of the unsung heroes of the body. OK, maybe that was a little dramatic, but hopefully, after reading this post, you’ll have a higher appreciation for saliva: whether it’s your own or your baby’s drool or even your teenager’s (temporary?) fixation on spitting. Saliva has some fun and interesting features you may not know about.
What exactly is a dental emergency? Is it different for kids and for adults? If your child is experiencing mouth pain, how do you know if you can wait until normal office hours or if you should seek help immediately? In this post, we want to answer some common questions about dental emergencies and give you some first aid tips.
When it comes to parenting teens, parents know that it’s a pick-your-battle proposition. And, yes, we’ll be the first to say that your teen’s oral health is vital to overall health and wellness, but we also know that you have other top priority issues to address as well. That’s why in this post, we want to give you a couple of tips for helping manage your teen’s oral habits in a way that we hope will make forming lifelong dental patterns more natural for your teen and less of a battle for you. At the end of the day, this isn’t the most important parenting issue you’re facing, though, so cut yourself and your kid some slack (easier said than done, we know).
If you Google “smiles and smiling” or “facts about smiling” or some version of that, you’ll find all kinds of articles and posts about why smiling is so amazing and why you should do it more and even some exercises to help you “practice” smiling. You can look all that up on your own, if you want. Some of it is weird and bogus, but a lot of it is true. Smiling IS good for you.
In our last post, we brought up the subject of kids with dental anxiety and promised that we’d continue the conversation and give ideas about how to ease some of that fear. If your child experiences dental fear, there is a way forward. So today, we’re going to talk about some of the most common stress factors as well as strategies for helping manage or overcome those fears.
Let’s just start by saying that dental phobia is real. In some cases, it has really obvious causes (such as a traumatic childhood dentist experience); in other cases, the cause is harder to pinpoint. But it’s a real thing. Going to the dentist can trigger the same kind of terror for some people, that others might feel about spiders or heights or flying or needles or…you get the picture.
Dental checkups are important!
You probably expect to hear that from your dental healthcare providers, but we’d love to invite you to move past the eye-roll and take a look at some of the value and benefits of consistent checkups for both kids and adults.