When to Start Thinking About Braces

When to Start Thinking About Braces Most of us view braces as one of the awkward parts of adolescence that we’d like to forget. Phrases like “metal mouth” and “brace face” make us cringe as we think our own kids might deal with some of the unpleasantness of their youth. Times have changed! Most kids today are EXCITED about the prospect of getting braces. But what if we could get a head start on the process and make everything go a little smoother? Well, that’s just what the doctor ordered! When to see an orthodontist According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a child should be evaluated by an orthodontist by the age of 7. This is when a child’s permanent teeth begin to erupt,

Bad Dental Habits to Break in the New Year

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 s

New Year's Resolutions for Kids

New Year's Resolutions for Kids 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 life, 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 realistic and measurable, but that's only part of it. What savvy achievers do is add an additional step to the mix. Our time ma

Mouth Myths - BUSTED!

Mouth Myths - BUSTED! FAKE NEWS! It’s not just for television. Given all of the misinformation that exists online and among friends and family, we thought we’d take a stab at some of the more pervasive myths related to oral health. So, whether they’re related to the food and drink you consume, the good and bad habits you foist upon your mouth, or the bevy of over-the-counter cosmetic and functional smile-fixes that exist in the marketplace, we’re here to set the record straight! A hard brush is better: FAKE NEWS. A hard-bristled brush is often more appropriate for cleaning your house than it is your teeth. Dentists and hygienists recommend a soft- or medium-bristled brush because most of us

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