Thumb sucking is a normal and soothing habit for babies and toddlers. While most children grow out of this habit during their toddler years, some parents are faced with the reality that their elementary-aged child is still sucking their thumb. Thumb sucking is usually harmful if it persists beyond the ages of...
Gum disease is all too common in adults. Approximately 50% of them have some form of this disease! Gum disease happens when bacteria and plaque aren’t routinely removed from the mouth. They then begin to irritate the teeth near the gumline and can create pockets of infection. Although rare for children to develop...
Children start losing their baby teeth around age six, which means you’ve only got a few years between the time your child sprouts his or her new teeth and the time they begin to fall out! Baby teeth are essential for children—they enable proper chewing, speech skills, and set...
When your child begins to lose their teeth around age six, it can be very exciting for them! Many children pride themselves on their missing teeth and love watching their adult teeth grow in. Children usually begin to lose their front teeth first. What do you do when your...
Children suck their thumbs for security, but the habit may end up causing insecurity later on if it leaves a child with crooked teeth. Thumbsucking definitely can push teeth out of position, but whether or not it does depends on the age of the child and how intensely the...
Your child’s primary teeth will begin to fall out anywhere from age six and on, when the adult teeth start pushing their way in. However, just because your child’s baby teeth fall out doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be properly cared for. Primary teeth are essential to the healthy development of adult...
Most people are familiar with sleep apnea in adults, but children can have sleep apnea as well. Childhood sleep apnea is a complex sleep disorder that requires treatment to help your child get better. Although some children may grow out of their sleep apnea, the effects of this sleep disorder are devastating, so...
You’ve likely had a long list of things to do before your kids started school, but was visiting their dentist on there? While some kids don’t like going to the dentist, many dentists for children try to make the visit a fun experience for them. The dentist should be...
Sleep-Disordered breathing (SDB) is a term that refers to several different sleep disorders, all of which are characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common SDB conditions. These disorders often have serious side effects and should be diagnosed by a...
Getting your kids to adopt healthy dental habits is crucial to having a strong smile for life! The habits you teach your kids now will follow them into adulthood. Having your kids brush and floss for healthy teeth and gums will help them learn how important it is to...