Sealants Again?

Does My Child Need Sealants Again? As a parent, you understand that protecting your child’s teeth from decay and early loss is just as important as protecting their permanent teeth from the same fate. So do dentists! That’s why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first and second set of permanent molars (those which generally come in at 6 and 12 years of age). Your dentist might also suggest your child’s sealants be replaced – even before their permanent teeth arrive. Let’s find out why. What are Dental Sealants? Dental sealants are hardened plastic shields, placed on the chewing (“occlusal”) surface of molars and pre-molars, whic

Are Dental X-rays Safe for Kids?

Are Dental X-rays Safe for Kids? Children’s mouths are growing and changing constantly, and a visual inspection alone cannot tell your dentist everything they may need to know. Eventually every child will need a dental X-ray. But are dental X-rays safe, and should your child have them taken? Facts Surrounding X-rays You can rest assured knowing that today’s dental X-rays are safer than ever before. So safe, in fact, that the amount of radiation a child is exposed to in a bite-wing X-ray (image of the back molars) is roughly equivalent to the amount of radiation they are exposed to in the environment on a daily basis. Edmond Pediatric & Teen Dentistry uses only digital X-rays, which have roug

New Year's Resolutions for Kids

New Year's Resolutions for Kids It's that time of year again. The time to prepare our New Year's resolutions so we can set them to sail in the coming year. And who says kicking the New Year off right should only be reserved for adults? Certainly not the dentist! When it comes to children, we're big believers in ingraining good habits early in their lives, so let’s take a page from the adult experts in goal planning and share some of that wisdom with our kids? It involves a little bit of mind trickery that'll help your young ones in all aspects of life, and it involves a time machine. The Amazing Power of Visualization The time machine? You already know that to achieve a goal it needs to be r

Bad Dental Habits

Bad Dental Habits to Break in the New Year We know, we know. There are a dozen things you’d rather do than fight your toddler (or teen) on brushing their teeth. And it’s often easier to let things slide so that bedtime and your morning ritual can run smoother. We suggest using the new year to refresh your commitment to upholding a good dental routine for your kids. They won’t know it now, but establishing good habits while they’re young will reap a lifetime of benefits. So, what are some bad dental habits your family may have grown accustomed to? Putting off a dental visit When was the last time your child went to the dentist? Have they ever gone? If you’ve been putting off sc

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