Breastfeeding’s Impact on Dental Health

The experience of breastfeeding is very special for many new moms as they consider that time a valuable bonding experience between the mother and newborn child.  Moms who are able to breastfeed also benefit for other reasons: they gain overall health benefits, oral health benefits, and cost-savings benefits.  This blog will help explain the many benefits, for both mom and child, of breastfeeding. It is important to remember that the…

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Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist

Your child’s first visit to the dentist can be full of unknowns, especially if you’re visiting an unfamiliar practice. To help you understand what to expect, we documented a new patient’s first visit to our office. The entire process generally takes less than 30 minutes, and our highly-trained staff will make the visit fun and welcoming. (click a picture to view the slideshow) The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends…

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Fluoride in Richmond’s Water Supply

An update to our recent post on the risks and benefits of fluoride in city drinking water. My mom has always said, “Everything is better in moderation.” This statement holds true for just about everything, including the amount of fluoride your child needs to make their teeth healthy and strong. There have been a lot of news stories published in health journals and the local media (watch Dr. Liz on…

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Teeth Grinding Symptoms and Treatments

Does your child occasionally grind his/her teeth? This is a very common problem seen in our office and can have an affect on your child’s teeth. Teeth Grinding, a.k.a. Bruxism The medical term for grinding/clenching your teeth is Bruxism. Bruxism is common in children and most of the time does not require any specific intervention or treatment. It’s important to understand that child can grind their teeth off and on…

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Dr. Liz on Fluorosis

Update 3.22.11: We’ve posted more information about the City of Richmond’s decision to lower the fluoride levels in city water. Dr. Liz was interviewed by Richmond’s Channel 8 News (WRIC) for a segment on the EPA’s decision to lower the recommended amount of fluoride in community water supplies. Here’s the video: About Fluorosis Fluorosis is a condition caused by too much fluoride in a child’s diet. In mild cases, it…

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What If My Child Has Two Rows of Teeth?

Why does it look like my child has shark teeth? As pediatric dentists, we hear this question frequently. When a child reaches school-age, the permanent front teeth begin to erupt. In a previous blog post, we discussed the average ages when the permanent front teeth are supposed to erupt. The theory is that when a permanent tooth erupts underneath a baby tooth, it is supposed to resorb the root of the…

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What’s the Best Toothbrush for Children?

Going to the grocery store or pharmacy to pick out a toothbrush and toothpaste can be a daunting task. There are so many types of toothbrushes and toothpastes to pick from, so which one is right for your child? Infant Finger ToothBrushes Your first task is to find the correct size brush. If you have an infant with only a few front teeth, a finger brush might be your best choice. With these…

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Top 10 Myths About Children’s Teeth

We are the first to admit that visiting your child’s dentist can be a confusing experience for parents, especially when we may only see you twice a year. There are a lot of rumors and sometimes contradictory information out there and we get a lot of the same questions over and over. We love our parents for caring so much about their kids’ health and thought it might be helpful…

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Baby Teeth Come, Then Baby Teeth Go

When do baby teeth come in? Baby teeth typically begin to erupt at about six months of age. All of your child’s baby teeth should be erupted by the time they are 2 to 2 ½ years old. Remember that every child is different in terms of timing of tooth eruption – so don’t fret if your child is teething early or late! Here is a helpful diagram that demonstrates when…

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Don’t be afraid to wiggle the loose toof

Every parent can relate to this scenario. Your child comes to you saying they have a loose tooth. What do you do now? Do you go ahead and tie the floss around the doorknob or do you wait to let the dentist take a look? It can be more emotionally than physically difficult to wiggle out your child’s first baby tooth. Once the tooth is loose, all it should take…

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