Nail biting is a common behavior among kids and affects an estimated 50% of children between ages 10-18. Similar to thumbsucking, it’s often a way to self-soothe and manage feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, it can also lead to oral health problems if it continues for too long. To prevent these issues, start by seeing a pediatric dentist to identify any habits your child has and get personalized tips to handle them. In the meantime, keep reading to find out how nail biting can impact your child’s smile. You’ll also get some general ideas for helping them overcome the habit!(more…)
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January 12, 2020
December 14, 2019
If you’ve ever done a DIY painting project at home, you know how essential it is to have the right brushes and tools. It not only makes your job easier, but the final outcome is a lot better as well. Similarly, the toothbrush your child uses has a big impact on their smile. But if you feel like you’re faced with countless choices at the store, you may be asking, “Which kid’s toothbrush is the best?” In this blog, you’ll get the answer to that question and find out what to look for to keep your child’s smile cavity-free.
November 8, 2019
Nearly every child hits an awkward stage at some point in their development. A great example is the transition period between a mouth full of baby teeth and having a complete adult smile. One complication that’s relatively common during this phase is the development of “shark teeth.” This occurs when the baby teeth don’t fall out on schedule and the permanent teeth come in behind them. This results in a double row of teeth that’s often concerning for both kids and parents. Keep reading below to learn more about this phenomenon and what can be done about it!
September 6, 2019
As a parent, there’s nothing worse than seeing your child in pain. And, unfortunately, a dental emergency can happen in a flash, especially since kids are so active. While it’s perfectly natural to panic in these situations, the best thing you can do is try to stay calm and call a pediatric dentist as soon as possible. It’s also helpful to learn a few tips on handling the most common emergencies at home until your child can be seen. Although you can’t always prevent accidents and injuries, you can at least be prepared!
July 6, 2019
If you asked most kids what their favorite part of summer break is (besides being out of school), there’s a good chance they’d say all the extra time they have for sports and outdoor activities. But while they’re having fun being active, you may be concerned with keeping them safe and injury-free. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect them is by getting a sports mouthguard. However, it’s important to realize that not all mouthguards are created equal! Keep reading below to learn about the difference between a custom-made appliance from a pediatric dentist and an option you can buy online or from the store. If you want to keep your child safe, you may as well make sure you’re being as effective as possible!
June 14, 2019
If you asked most kids to name their favorite season, there’s a good chance they would say summer. After all, what could be better than going on vacation, spending time at the pool, and not having homework? But you may be surprised to learn that summertime can also come with sensitive teeth. If your child has been complaining of sensitivity, keep reading to learn about 3 common causes and how a pediatric dentist can help!
May 12, 2019
As a parent of a special needs child, you have to juggle many different priorities for their overall well-being. Not the least of which is their dental health! Since kids with special needs often face unique challenges to their smile, it’s worth it to start with prevention as early as possible. Keep reading to learn how special needs pediatric dentistry prevents and manages various dental conditions to ensure your child has a healthy smile!
April 15, 2019
As an adult, visiting the dentist is a routine that helps you feel refreshed and clean. For a child, the dentist’s office is scary and unknown. You want them to have a good relationship with their oral health so they can maintain a bright and beautiful smile into adulthood. Encouraging them to associate a visit to the pediatric dentist with a fun learning environment can help their experience be more enjoyable and make the visit easier for everybody involved. Learn about ways you can ease your child’s worries and fears and start establishing a positive relationship with their oral health.
March 16, 2019
It’s normal for children of a young age to be anxious in new situations, such as getting their haircut or starting preschool, and when meeting new adults. But it doesn’t haven’t to be that way for when you take your child to the dentist! Although it may take a few visits for them to fully get used to the dentist, you can do quite a bit to make these appointments much more enjoyable and set them on the path to good oral health in the future. Check out these six helpful tips from your pediatric dentist in Hinsdale for helping your child get ready for their dental visits. (more…)
February 11, 2019
Parents feel guilt over a lot of things and question their parenting countless times throughout the day. Are the kids watching too much television? Are they spending too much time in front of a touchscreen? Are they getting the nutrition they need? When your young child gets a cavity, you probably wonder if it is your fault. Well, there are many different factors that can contribute to their tooth decay. However, regardless of how well or poorly you’ve taken care of your child’s dental health in the past, now in February—National Children’s Dental Health Month—is a great time to recommit to doing better and teaching your child to care for their teeth. Here are three things you can do to promote your child’s dental health in the future. (more…)