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Brushing Helps You Observe Your Child
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Laura Epifano
When your child has any type of a motor skill delay, things we do easily can be more difficult for them. One area where many children struggle when they have fine motor skill delays is with brushing their teeth. There are things you can do to make it easier, such as using a bigger toothbrush, but it can still be hard for them to accomplish this task, which may make them self-conscious. By working with them, you can see what types of things help them gain confidence, while also observing their fine motor skill improvements. How to Make Brushing Easier for a Child with Fine Motor Skill Delays The easiest thing you can do to help your child brush on their own when they have delays in their fine motor skills is to give them an electric toothbrush. The larger handle makes brushing a bit easier, and the handle is easier for them to control. When doing things outside of brushing, you can also help boost their ability to properly hold their toothbrush. Have them work on grasping small...

Is a Genetically Missing Tooth a Problem?
Posted on 4/30/2019 by Laura Epifano
Occasionally we see a child in our office that is missing a tooth as a result of genetics. Anodontia is the absence of one or more primary or secondary teeth; most commonly the upper lateral incisors are the teeth that are congenitally missing. If the tooth is missing as a result of heredity or congenitally, then does it pose a problem for your child's oral health and development? The answer is yes, and today we're going to look at why it's a potential problem and what we can do to correct it. Closing The Gaps In Teeth When we see a child who is missing the upper lateral incisors, we notice the extra spacing in the mouth. While this may seem like a minor issue, it can be a complication. Too much space in the mouth can mean that the adult teeth shift and grow in crooked. This has a negative effect not only on the aesthetics of your child's smile, but missing teeth can lead to bone deterioration and eventual loss. Treatment can come in a few different forms if...

How to Pick The Best Toothpaste for Your Kids
Posted on 4/20/2019 by Laura Epifano
The bad news is that tooth decay is the number one most common childhood disease. The good news is that together, we can help parents prevent that! It starts at home, with early oral health care and a trip to visit our dentists before your child turns one. Now that your child has gotten to know us a little better and learned how to brush their teeth on their own, you need to provide the supplies, including toothpaste. There are so many choices out there and it can feel a little overwhelming so today we're going to look at some of the things you will want in toothpaste for your kids. Tips for Toothpaste When choosing the right toothpaste for your kids, the first step is talking to us. We will check for things like early signs of decay and make sure that all is well in your child's mouth as a first step. Next, look for the ADA seal. The American Dental Association approves only the best of the tested toothpastes before it will give its seal of approval. Checking for...
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