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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Early Childhood Cavities

Early childhood tooth decay (also known as early childhood caries) is a severe form of cavities which can develop in young children. Early childhood caries has been a serious public health problem for many years, and is prevalent in low socioeconomic groups and the general population. As pediatric dentists, it is our responsibility to implement preventive practices that can decrease a child’s risk of developing this dental disease. Good oral…

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The Age 1 Dental Visit

Parents frequently ask the question “When should I send my child to the dentist?”  The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the pediatric dentists at Atkins, Maestrello and Associates recommend establishing a dental home for your child by their first birthday.  Establishing a dental home early in a child’s life exposes the child to prevention and early intervention before problems occur, reduces anxiety, and facilitates…

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