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No Hassle, No Fuss Dental Visit

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Dr. Fuller states, “We know how important it is to have a fun and enjoyable visit to the dentist.” Your child's needs are as unique as they are, and we want to make sure your child has an awesome visit each and every time. Establishing a positive connection with your child is the key to a positive visit. From the start to the end of each visit the entire team will work to help keep your child as calm as possible.We know that the first visit will set the tone for all of their future visits.

We'll spend extra time getting to know your child and building a positive relationship with them. If a certain toy or stuffed animal helps relax them, you may want to bring it to the visit with you. They can hold onto it in the chair. If it is the first time they have visited, you can expect an oral exam to make sure they do not have any cavities or decay. X-rays may also be taken to ensure there are no problems brewing below the gum line or even missing adult teeth that will later impact y…

3 Tips To A Healthy Start

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Baby teeth matter more then you may realize.. Decay can spread down below the gum line and impact permanent teeth. So not only are they in place so your child can eat nutritiously, but those teeth become space-savers for adult teeth That’s why how and when you start their dental program is so important. “The sooner you begin to brush and take care of their gums the easier it will be for them to establish healthy habits that can last a lifetime,” suggests Dr.Cameron Fuller. 1.  Having your baby visit the pediatric dentist around their first birthday can help increase their chance of having a fantastic and healthy smile. The first visit can allow the dentist to check for any problems that can't be seen, get them used to a positive dental experience, and can provide you important nutritional information that will keep them smiling all through their childhood.

2. Brush your child’s teeth early on. Even before their teeth erupt it is important to begin to brush the gums. Do this by uti…

5 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Dental Habits

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It can be difficult to keep your child on the path to healthy dental habits. Sometimes they may go through a rough patch, where you feel you have to fight them tooth and nail to get them to brush their teeth, floss or see their dentist. Keep in mind it is critical to help keep your child’s teeth as healthy as possible and to help them incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives.
1.Be consistent. Having them brush their teeth around the same time in the morning and at night can help improve their desire to complete the task. It becomes routine instead of something extra they are being asked to do. 2.Pediatric dentist Dr. Fuller recommends, “Remove soda and other items from the house and provide healthy foods for snacking.” Foods high in carbohydrates tend to stick to teeth, while fruits and vegetables, high in water, can remove some of the harmful bacteria and plaque from teeth in between brushing. 3.“Take them to visit the dentist once their first tooth erupts,” says Dr. Camero…

3 Reasons Why Thumb Sucking is Bad for Teeth

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Thumb sucking is a natural reaction for infants and young children. They usually suck on their thumb or fingers if they are a feeling anxious or insecure. By the time their first teeth erupt you want to decrease their thumb sucking habits. Sometimes focusing on the fact that your child is sucking their thumb can increase their desire to do so, instead try focusing and relieving the reason behind them sucking on their thumb.
Thumb sucking can cause front teeth to stick out further then they should. Between the ages of two and four, teeth are forming and shaping. If your child always has something in their mouth pressing up against the teeth it can cause them to shift and move.
Dr. Fuller states, “Depending upon the length of time your child sucks their thumb, and how vigorously can also make a difference on the severity of other problems they may face. Improper jaw alignment can occur if thumb sucking goes beyond the age of 2.”
Consistent pressure on the front teeth during the thumb…

Four Myths About Your Child’s Teeth

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Pediatric dental care isn’t a suggestion, it’s a necessary part of protecting your children. Here are four myths you might have heard and the truth you may not be aware of.
1.Baby teeth aren’t important. Even though baby teeth fall out they are very important for the foundation of your child’s smile. They’re not only a placeholder for adult teeth, but if there is decay in baby teeth, it can spread below the gum line and impact adult teeth as well. 2.Children can brush their own teeth. Once children reach the age where they have more dexterity they can get those hard to brush back molders, but up until that point they may need your help in doing a quality job brushing. You may want to have them brush on their own and then, Pediatric dentist Dr. Cameron Fuller recommends, “Brush again to make sure you have removed all of the food.” 3.Natural juices can’t cause tooth decay. Any liquid that has sugar in it can cause tooth decay if your child’s teeth are not properly taken care of. If they …

Natural Ways To Whiten Your Child’s Teeth

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Certain foods can increase a child’s teeth staining especially when it is combined with not brushing properly, but it is important to not use certain products on your child’s teeth. If you are worried about the staining of your child’s teeth, Dr. Cameron Fuller recommends these safe choices instead.
Increase the amount of vegetables your child is eating. Not only are vegetables fantastic for the body, they ensure your children’s teeth are clean and being rinsed off. This decreases the chance of food debris remaining on the teeth to cause staining.Vegetables, such as celery and cucumbers, have an even higher ratio of water.
Have your child visit the dentist. Staining may be caused by an increase in plaque stuck to their teeth. Dr. Fuller recommends, “Have your child visit the dentist on a regular basis.”The dentist can do a cleaning and polish to remove yellow staining from the surfaces of their teeth.” This will help bring back the natural white color.
Decrease their consumption o…

4 Foods Your Child Should Stay Away From

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The food our children eat can be great or detrimental for their teeth.While some of the food you give your child may seem harmless, unfortunately there are some common properties which can negatively impact their teeth. Here are the top four from the American Dental Association.
1.Chips are one of the number one item that should be avoided. Chips lack nutritional value and fill your kid up. The starch they contain causes debris to stick to the teeth, which allows bacteria to immediately begin attacking the enamel as it turns to sugar. While they are easy to grab and small enough to fit in your bag, you’ll want to avoid the pitfalls of this snack.
2.Hard candy is another treat that holds no nutritional value and this one is loaded with sugar. The sugar is a breeding ground for bacteria and the sticky candy can unfortunately stay on your child’s teeth even after they brush. "No time like the present," says Pediatric dentist, Dr. Cameron Fuller, "to replace the candy with…

Why Soda Is Bad For The Look Of Your Teenager's Teeth

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’ve heard statistics about the amount of sugar in soda and how it eats the enamel of the teeth. The problem is on top of all of these negative effects it increases the likelihood of cavities and major dental problems if teens consume too much soda. Dr. Fuller, Pediatric dentist suggests have kids swap out the soda for a fruit infused water to keep your teenager’s smile looking pearly white and healthy. For years you have been informed soda is bad for you and for your children. You

Soda can attack the enamel on the outer part of the tooth. When your son smiles for his graduation photos you want to see a healthy white smile, not one tainted with brown soda stains. Remember soda can begin to eat away at the enamel of teeth after only twenty minutes.
Soda is unfortunately linked to a higher rates of cavities. This can become a costly fix for your pocket book. If cavities are not taken care of they can begin to impact the root of the tooth, causing more expensive dental procedures. Ultima…

Three Ways To Prevent My Child From Disliking The Dentist?

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The dentist should not be the place you take your kids only when they are in pain or having trouble with their teeth. It is really important to develop a positive relationship with the dentist prior to any problems.
1. Get them in early - when young and before they are in pain or are suffering from decay. "If they only go to the dentist when they are already in pain, then the dentist becomes a negative experience instead of the positive one, states pediatric dentist Dr. Cameron Fuller." If they only visit when they are in pain they will begin to associate the dentist with pain instead of a place that supports them and helps keep their teeth healthy. 2. Have them seen often; developing a healthy relationship of trust so that when treatment needs are necessary, they do not have anxiety. While you are developing the relationship between the dentist and your child, visit on a regular basis. Dr. Fuller states, "they should start by seeing the dentist every six months, more o…