Why Does my Kid’s Breath Smell?

Bad breath. It’s that moment when your kid’s trying to tell you about his day at school and you about swerve into the wrong lane when you get a whiff of his breath. Was it something in his lunch? Did he not brush his teeth this morning? Did he drink from a mud puddle at recess? Why does his breath smell so bad? And what can you do to help?

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How to Look for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Did you know that even 4 year olds can develop baby bottle tooth decay? Several months ago, our Dr. Hernandez helped a 4-year-old patient with severe baby bottle tooth decay regain healthy teeth and a happy smile. We were thrilled to see the patient helped, but we were also motivated to help more parents know how to prevent this.

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What to Expect at your Vital Smiles Visit

If you have never been to our offices before, we would love to welcome you to the Vital Smiles family. We want your children to have positive experiences with their dental visits. As a parent, you play an important role in how your children react to dental exams. So here are a couple of helpful kid-friendly tips to keep in mind when you schedule your first visit:

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Vital Smiles and You

We love our patients! Accessibility and relationship are two of our core values, but we’re not asking you to just take our word for it. Listen to what some of our parents have to say about our thoroughness, trustworthiness, flexibility, and care:

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What Makes Vital Smiles Different?

Out of all the dental offices out there, what makes Vital Smiles different? We can’t wait to share the answers to this question!

Kids are our passion!

Every person who works in our office is a kid-specialist. Our Norcross office serves only children under 20, and we have crafted an environment that caters to the unique aspects of dentistry for kids. Everything in our office – the decor, the waiting room options, the terminology we use to explain procedures, the names given to our equipment, etc. – is calculated to provide a great experience for kid-clients. We also want to serve the whole family, though, so in our Albany office, we have expanded to offer thorough care to clients of all ages!

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Here’s Why We’re Mom-Approved

When Atlanta Parent asked their readers about their favorite oral health professionals, moms chose Dr. Hernandez! No surprise there. Dr. Hernandez is one of those people who leaves a positive impact everywhere he goes: that’s why parents bring their kids to his practice! Whether he’s doing a routine cleaning, explaining a procedure to a parent, offering advice or training to a staff member, or participating in a local charity effort like he so often does, Dr. Hernandez exemplifies what parents are looking for. He exudes professionalism, genuine care, experience, community connection, the ability to put children at ease, and integrity.

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Finding a Lifelong Family Dentist

Finding the right dentist is about so much more than crossing off “get teeth cleaned” on your to-do list! After all, you and your kids deserve more than just routine appointments and regular bills. The right dentist actually partners with you as a parent to protect your kids’ health, invest in their futures, and educate them in lifelong health habits. So what would this look like?

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Top Ways to turn Toothbrushing into a Game

Do your kids love brushing their teeth? Do they consistently remember toothbrush time twice a day? What a joke, right? Children are not known for their meticulous dental hygiene! Getting your children to brush their teeth regularly and thoroughly doesn’t have to be a nightmare, though. Here are some ideas to spark creativity and fun as you motivate those kiddos to form this lifelong health habit.Continue Reading

The Right Way to Brush Your Child’s Teeth

As a parent, you may have questions similar to these: When should I begin brushing my child’s teeth? When can they begin brushing alone? Is there a right and wrong way to brush?

Don’t worry, you’re not the first parent to ask these questions. And at Vital Smiles, we’re here to answer them.Continue Reading