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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Mar 2, 2021 1:23:49 PM

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Baby bottle tooth decay is the severe decay of the baby teeth of infants and young children. It occurs with the frequent and prolonged exposure to drinks that contain sugar (this includes natural sugars found in breast milk, formula, soda, and fruit juices). The sugar in these liquids coats your child’s teeth and turns into acid. The acid attacks the enamel on the teeth. This causes your child to get cavities.

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10 Habits for Healthy Teeth

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Feb 1, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Most people understand the importance of keeping your teeth healthy. It prevents cavities and helps keep your teeth in your mouth for years to come. Here are some tips to help your child keep up with their dental health.

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When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist and Other FAQs From New Moms

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Jan 21, 2021 10:48:00 AM

Being a new parent presents many challenges, from feeding to changing to healthcare, and even oral care. There’s a lot to learn, and it’s okay to ask questions along the way. While you may not always be able to turn to a grandparent or partner for advice, you can always turn to a professional for information on your child’s needs. Your child’s pediatric dentist can answer quite a lot for you, and they likely know what you may have questions about. Here are a few questions that might come up on (or before) your first visit to the pediatric dentist.

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Fluoride, Sealant, and Other Tools Dentists Use to Prevent Cavities

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Jan 5, 2021 10:00:00 AM

When you go to the dentist, it can seem like they’re using strange sci-fi tech to take care of your teeth. There may be strange products used to clean or weird looking equipment you’re not sure about. Here are a couple things dentists use to keep their patients’ teeth bright and healthy.

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4 Child Dental Care Tips You Can Start Using Today

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Dec 22, 2020 2:58:11 PM

It seems like so many dental tips for children require purchasing some new toothbrush or sticker chart. For those looking to save money, or keep from going out unnecessarily in a pandemic, here are a couple tips you can start using right away.

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When Should a Child Brush Their Own Teeth?

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Nov 13, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Teeth should be cleaned from the moment they first appear in a child’s mouth. For teething infants, this job is up to the parents. But when can the parents pass the job onto the child? Let’s look at a quick overview of brushing habits throughout the early years and when children can take on the task themselves.

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Sports Drinks and 4 Other Dietary Choices to Limit to Help Prevent Cavities

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Oct 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Everything that comes into contact with your teeth can affect their health. While some of these dietary items may be well-known, others could surprise you. Here are 5 dietary choices that could harm your child’s teeth.

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Flossing For Kids: What Parents Can Do to Help Build the Habit

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Sep 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Parents know the importance of brushing. They begin brushing their baby’s teeth the first moment they break through the gums and teach their children the importance of brushing their teeth later on. The importance of flossing, however, often goes overlooked. Flossing out food particles between teeth can polish the sides of the tooth and irreversible tooth decay. But how soon should a child be flossing? And how can parents instill the behavior?

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Why Preventative Care is More Important Than Ever

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Aug 18, 2020 3:00:00 PM

"Preventative care" is a kind of catch-all term for the daily habits you undertake to maintain your oral health. This includes brushing your teeth, flossing, and limiting your intake of certain acidic and sugary foods and beverages.

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What Does Baby Tooth Eruption Mean?

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Jul 21, 2020 11:35:18 AM

Whether you’re a new or repeat parent, one of the major milestones you can expect from your child’s development is the appearance of baby (or primary) teeth. While the time it takes for baby teeth to appear, also called “tooth eruption,” can vary for every child, it’s something that most parents can expect to happen within the first year of their child’s life.

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