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How Playing Dress Up Can Help Excite Your Child for Their Next Visit
Posted on 12/30/2018 by Laura Epifano
Thinking back on your childhood, you probably don't remember a trip to your dentist's office as a fond memory. It's not commonly viewed as a fun time, and we want to change that for your child. The feelings of anxiety and stress associated with dental checkups, having cavities filled and other procedures are completely normal. There are ways to ease that stress, however, and playing dress up is one of them. “My Turn to be the Dentist!" If your child is experiencing dread at the mention of visiting our office, we have a few ideas you can try at home. Children learn through play, they see adults in the world around them and they play-act out the everyday chores and life they see around them. It's a great coping mechanism when something is scary or new, being able to dress up or 'be' that scary thing helps them break the experience down into manageable pieces. Visiting the dentist can be fun! Especially if it's a game you've been playing at...

Do You Need to Do Anything Special with a Baby's Gums Prior to Their First Tooth?
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Laura Epifano
There are many milestones in a child's first year, first words, first steps, first foods and with all of these firsts, there are lots of questions parents ask! Good oral health starts well before the first teeth erupt in your child's mouth, it begins from birth. Establishing excellent habits from the beginning will help your child maintain those habits throughout his/her life. So what is a parent to do? What kind of oral health can be done when there are no teeth? The answer is simple; plenty! Infant Oral CareMost babies don't begin to get teeth until they're around six months old, but that doesn't mean that we wait until then to begin proper oral care. Start early with the habit of cleaning your baby's gums with a wash cloth or a special baby toothbrush. As when cleaning any other part of your baby's body, your baby may fuss and resist at first, but with time, this can become an enjoyable part of your daily routine. Teething usually begins around...

Foods and Drinks That Damage Your Child
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Laura Epifano
The list of good foods your child should be eating is long and important. A healthy diet means a healthy child, strong bodies and bones and a sharp mind. Just as bad foods can make your child irritable or sick, there are also foods and drinks that can damage your child's oral health. Things to Avoid Anything with sugar in it is really not a good idea for your child's good oral health, but it can be found in places you don't expect it, like juice. It's important to remember that just because a juice has 'healthy' on the label it does not necessarily mean that it's good for your child's teeth. According to the USDA, sugar should not make up more than 10% of your child's daily intake of calories. That means that children over the age of three should have no more than 12.5 teaspoons of sugar per day. Juice is very high in sugar, which is food for bacteria. Once the bacterium starts growing, it starts attaching itself to the enamel and weakening...
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