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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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When Do Permanent Teeth Come In?

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on Jul 1, 2020 11:04:00 AM

The eruption of a child’s first primary tooth is a major event for both the child and their parents. The first tooth is significant because it signals the incoming of the rest of the baby teeth, permanent teeth, and wisdom teeth at last. While the baby teeth may start coming in early for some children--before the 6 month mark--and late for others--after 8 months or even past the first birthday--the adult teeth will take quite a lot longer to erupt.

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4 Serious Consequences of Thumbsucking

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on May 29, 2020 10:15:00 AM

It’s no secret that most, if not all, children will suck their thumb at one point or another during their early years of life. It can be calming and comforting for young children and infants especially, and it may also help babies fall asleep without the use of a pacifier. This behavior can be completely harmless while your child is still young, specifically before they begin to erupt their first teeth. However, the longer this habit persists, there is a higher likelihood for repercussions that can last your child years and not be easily correctable. Here are 4 explanations of these consequences.

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Pediatric Smiles Can Help Solve Baby Teeth Problems Early

Posted by Pediatric Smiles of Bloomington on May 15, 2020 10:15:00 AM

It may not be too surprising to know that your pediatric dentist will be able to answer all of your questions regarding oral care for your infant or young child. Just like a general dentist, a pediatric dentist is certified to work on your teeth and gums, as well as provide medical advice regarding oral health. However, a pediatric dentist is specially equipped to care for younger patients. Pediatric dentists must have an additional 2-3 year residency program that involves care with babies, children, and adolescents, giving them the qualifications necessary to answer questions specific to the growing needs of your child’s oral health.

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