Broken Tooth? Don’t Panic
When it comes to winter sports, you know that the only people who don’t fall are those not doing anything fun or creative. Not your kid, right? They have to make it interesting, they have to push their limits a bit — and that means they’ll see their share of wipe-outs this winter. But what if one of them leads to a chipped or broken tooth.. what do you do? Rule number 1: don’t panic. Easier said than done, but keep this thought in the back of your mind: your dentist sees this all the time, and it’s no big deal. Of course, to your little one it’s a very big deal, and there are a couple things you can do to ease the temporary pain… Read more
10 Tips for Keeping Playtime Safe
Okay, we realize you might think an article on safe toys is silly … aren’t all toys created with children in mind? Well, things get recalled and sharp edges can hurt. As with most safety-related concerns, real knowledge lies in the areas you never thought to question. For example, did you ever think to consider the danger of easy-access battery compartments? How about the danger of balloons – which cause one third of all toy-related deaths in children? There is a lot to know… Read more
Has Your Infant Turned into a Biting, Drooling, Screaming Machine?
At about six or seven months of age, the baby of your dreams, the one who makes you smile and go all goo-goo-ga-ga, is likely going to do a full 180 on you and turn into a biting, drooling, screaming machine … or, at least, a crying/whining one. The most frequent reason for this change in behavior is quite often, you guessed it – teething. So, for those parents who haven’t yet gone through this uncomfortable growth stage, let’s walk you through three of the most common symptoms you’re likely to deal with when the tooth monster finally appears… Read more
Understanding the Five Stages of Tooth Decay
Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And, that in the first stage of decay, you can actually take steps to reverse the progression of the disease? Indeed, it’s true. In the first stage of decay, whether you’re a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via fluoride treatments, your toothpaste and even the local water supply can stop a cavity from penetrating through the enamel and reaching its second stage. Even the saliva in your mouth and the foods you eat help to re-mineralize a tooth in jeopardy. But that’s just the first stage! What about the rest?… Read more