Posts filed under ‘Baby Teeth’

Is Having a Perfect Smile the Key to Success?

PerfectSmileIn an Alameda Pediatric Dentistry blog post, “5 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” we linked smiling to unexpected benefits like higher achievement, stress relief, immune system health, making friends, and longer lifespan.

When it comes to higher achievement, Marie Claire’s Beauty Director, Erin Flaherty, insists that a perfect smile matters. Flaherty’s recent article, “The Get-Ahead Grin,” documents her woes as an insecure schoolgirl whose overbite and crooked teeth led to unfortunate nicknames like “Bugs Bunny” and “Bucktoothed.” (One thing you can say about her name-callers, they certainly weren’t original.)

The worst part is, Flaherty’s anxieties about her teeth and appearance continued into her adult years, undermining her self-confidence on the job. Braces helped, though she found that the metal variety comes with its own set of distractions, especially for someone long past their adolescent years. (more…)

September 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm 2 comments

5 Things Parents Should Note for Safe Dental X-Rays

xrayIn addition to being faster and more comfortable than their older, film-based counterparts, today’s digital X-ray machines are much safer. Modern machines give off significantly less radiation while helping dentists detect oral health problems and determine the best treatment options.

Nevertheless, if your child needs an X-ray, universal precautions should be practiced during the imaging process to minimize their exposure. Here are 5 checkpoints to help every parent ensure their child’s safety comes first: (more…)

September 24, 2013 at 6:24 am Leave a comment

How Does a Cavity Form?

candyMost kids know that eating lots of candy can cause cavities. But how? Cavities take time to develop. Help your kids learn about how cavities form, and use this knowledge to keep those awful cavities far, far away! Here’s step-by-step info you can share with the little ones on the formation of a cavity:

  1. Each of your teeth is covered by a durable mineral called enamel. This coating is considered the hardest tissue in the body! But even enamel is vulnerable to attack. It all starts with eating. Imagine having a tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner that might include your favorite pancakes with syrup for breakfast and warm cornbread with chili for lunch. (more…)

July 20, 2013 at 4:37 am Leave a comment

How to Remove a Very Loose Tooth

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When your child’s tooth literally hangs by a thread, you may be tempted to test out the notorious “string on a doorknob” method. Rest assured there are less intimidating, not to mention safer methods to remove a very loose tooth at home.

The first and simplest is to wait it out. A dangling tooth can be a big distraction while talking and eating. With a little time, however, the remaining connective tissue will give way on its own. In the meanwhile, encourage your little one to eat without worrying. Biting on food often does the trick – without any pain.

For a loose tooth that needs a bit more convincing, wiggling it around won’t hurt. In fact, the dentist encourages it! Having your child fiddle with her loose tooth throughout the day will help make the tooth even looser, and before too long, detach altogether. (more…)

June 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment


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