All Posts in Category: Pediatric Dentistry

what causes tongue tie

What Causes Tongue Tie?

Sometimes patients, especially new parents, ask us, what causes tongue tie? Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a congenital issue that originates at birth that may cause problems eating and eventually speaking.

Basically, some infants are born with a frenulum (the fold of skin beneath the tongue, or between the lip and the gum) that didn’t develop as normal. Usually, there is a short or tight band of tissue that tethers the tongue and limits movement. This limits the mobility of the child’s tongue. For example, children with tongue-tie may have trouble sticking their tongue out or moving it from side to side.

There are many variations in the severity of ankyloglossia, and it presents itself differently in different children. Since each case is different, individual medical attention is essential. This article is not a substitute for medical attention. We hope this article on what causes tongue tie raises awareness about an issue that affects some children’s dental and overall physical health

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healthy snacks for kids teeth

Top Healthy Snacks for Kids Teeth

Parents sometimes ask us – what are the best healthy snacks for kids teeth? They usually are well aware that candies and sodas are associated with cavities, but they are not always sure what to offer their kids as alternatives.

The good news is that there are plenty of delicious snack and lunch options that are healthy for your children’s teeth as well as their growing bodies.

This post is intended for general health education to empower you to make healthy choices for your family. It isn’t intended as a substitute for dental or medical care.

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thumb sucking and teeth

Everything You Need To Know About Thumb Sucking and Teeth

Thumb sucking: many of us did it at one point in time. It is a comforting feeling for many babies, but there does come a point where a child needs to move away from thumb sucking for a number of reasons. One potential issue with extensive thumb sucking is problems with their teeth. There is a very specific connection between thumb sucking and tooth position. So if you have a child who sucks their thumb, or if you’re considering having a baby and want to know how best to care for your child, here is what you need to know regarding thumb sucking and teeth.

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good oral care habits for children

Parenting Tips To Ensure Kids Have Good Oral Care Habits

Good oral care habits set your kids up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. As parents, you want the best for your children. Lead by example to help your kids learn good oral care habits for a lifetime of confidence and health.

The following tips promote healthy oral health and good health in general. Many of the behaviors that are good for the mouth are also good for the rest of the body.

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when to take child to dentist

When Should You Start Taking Your Child to the Dentist?

When should you start taking your child to the dentist? While every child and situation may be different, it is best that children as young as one-year-old have their teeth evaluated and to catch any early concerns.

We know that one-year-olds do not have much patience, so we keep these visits relatively short with little treatment. Our goal for these first visit is education, which in turn can save you time and money of having to be referred to a pediatric specialist or pediatric surgeon later on. In most cases when the children are calm, we can patiently treat, explain and work with each child in a fun, interactive way.

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