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Coastal Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Does Your Child’s Tooth Sensitivity Require an Emergency Dental Visit?

May 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 12:39 pm
little girl holding an ice cream cone and her face

In parenthood, there are countless times when you’ll second guess yourself or not know what to do. It’s not always crystal clear what the right choice is for your child’s safety and health. For instance, if your child tells you they have tooth sensitivity, you can debate whether this symptom requires an emergency dental visit.

Unlike pain, sensitivity doesn’t always mean something serious is wrong with your child’s mouth or that it is a dental emergency. Understanding the causes of sensitivity can help you know what to do if it becomes a problem for your child.


My Child Needs a Dental Crown: How Long Will It Last?

March 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 3:15 am
a dental crown

When your child arrives with a decayed or broken tooth, a pediatric dentist will likely examine it to determine if a dental filling or dental crown is the right option. In many cases, the tooth requires more stability, which means a custom restoration must be crafted and put into place. But how long do dental crowns last? Keep reading to find out.


Fillings for Baby Teeth: Are They Necessary?

January 16, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 6:12 pm
little girl with baby teeth smiling at the dentist

If your child is like most kids, they often need to be reminded to keep eating and focus on their dinner. But when they complain of a toothache in one of their baby teeth, you wonder whether the dentist will put in a filling or just extract the tooth entirely.

Perhaps you think that fillings aren’t worthwhile in baby teeth, but it’s not true! Keep reading to learn why repairs to baby teeth are sometimes necessary.


Post-Frenectomy: How Long Does Recovery Take?

December 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 3:43 pm
a child’s tongue-tie

When learning that your child needs a frenectomy to address their lip or tongue-tie, you are likely to have many questions, one of which is “How long will recovery take?” You must remember that each child is different, so providing a guaranteed length of time is impossible; however, when meeting with the pediatric dentist, you can expect to receive a general timeframe for how long your little one will need to recover swiftly and successfully. Keep reading to find out more.


Know What to Do: 5 Steps to Take If Your Child Chips a Tooth

October 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 8:18 pm
little girl outside pointing to her teeth

Imagine: while at the park, you watch your child play happily. You take your eyes off them for one second and then hear a cry of pain. When you approach them, you see that they’ve chipped a tooth. Panic starts to kick in because you don’t know what to do!

If you know what you should do in advance, you can take care of your child and keep stress to a minimum in a dental emergency like chipping a tooth. Here are the steps you need to take in this type of scenario.


6 Essential Books to Lower Anxiety for Your Child’s Dental Visits

July 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 7:32 pm
father reading to his child

As your little one learns more and more about the world, books can be a great way to introduce different concepts and experiences before they try it for themselves. For instance, dental visits can be unnerving even for adults who know what to expect, so just imagine how your child might feel going through it for the first time! Although sedation dentistry is available, preparing your child with books may help as well.

Fortunately, there are tons of books out there that talk about the importance of dental health, the process of dental visits, and what dentists can be like. Keep reading to learn about just a portion of these books and how you can use them to help anxious kids feel better about going to the dentist and motivated to take care of their pearly whites.


How Safe is Fluoride For Children Really?

June 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 11:23 am
young girl brushing teeth

One thing all parents have in common is that as soon as they have children, they start worrying about things they never would have given a second thought otherwise. A subject that consistently elicits a lot of debate online is fluoride. Should a very young child be exposed to fluoride? Will doing so affect their mental or physical health negatively? Do they need to drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoridated toothpaste? Find out the answers to these common questions and more in today’s blog.


Will My Child Be Unable to Eat Solid Food with a Lip or Tongue-Tie?

May 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 8:56 pm
a baby smiling

Does your child have a lip or tongue-tie? If so, you may be worried that the struggle they experience with breastfeeding or taking a bottle will lead to more troublesome symptoms as they grow older, such as eating solid foods. A pediatric dentist explains what can happen if these tethered oral tissues are left untreated and what you can do to ensure your child receives the proper nutrition they need as they grow older.


3 Tips to Make Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids

April 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 9:37 pm
family brushing their teeth together

If you have children, you understand the battle that often comes with brushing teeth and flossing. Whether they’re too busy playing with their toys or spending time riding their bikes, getting them to spend a dedicated amount of time caring for their smiles can be a struggle. Fortunately, pediatric dentists have ways of making this daily routine fun and engaging. If you want to learn how to make oral hygiene fun for kids, check out these three tips you can use.


Preparing Your Child: How Dental Toys Can Help

March 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 9:36 pm
children with dental toys

Is your child preparing for an upcoming visit to the dentist’s office? You may notice that they feel a little unsure about how they should feel and what they can expect. If you need tips to ensure their appointment is a success, learn how dental toys can help keep them at ease while also getting them excited about taking care of their teeth.

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