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Halloween Candy and Your Dental Health

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.  Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a […]

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When should your child see an orthodontist?

One of the questions we’re often asked by parents and guardians is ‘when should my child see an orthodontist’. Braces are often associated with teens so you might be surprised to hear that children as young as seven can benefit from early orthodontic treatment. That’s not to say that every seven-year-old should automatically see an orthodontist, […]

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Teeth anatomy: Baby teeth (primary dentition)

An Introduction to Teeth Children’s teeth play an important role in digestion and reserving spaces for permanent teeth. Children’s teeth are also known as primary teeth. Due to the smaller jaw size of a child, there are only 20 teeth in total. In comparison, there are 32 teeth in an adult’s mouth. Children are not born with teeth. Teeth usually begin to erupt from 10 […]

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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

When should I schedule my child’s first trip to the dentist? Should my 3-year-old be flossing? How do I know if my child needs braces? Many parents have a tough time judging how much dental care their kids need. They know they want to prevent cavities, but they don’t always know the best way to do so. […]

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WHY ARE MY CHILD’S TEETH YELLOW?

Some parents have recently asked the question, “Why have my child’s teeth begun to turn yellow.” there are several reasons this may occur. Let’s break it down into two categories : #1 – Adult teeth are more yellow than baby teeth regardless of extenuating circumstances. #2 – Extenuating circumstances could cause teeth to turn yellow. Let’s […]

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Top Ways Braces Can Change Your Life in a Positive Way

Most people know that braces help straighten teeth. But did you know that straight teeth can have a big impact on your health, quality of life, and self-image? If you are considering braces for yourself or your child, it’s beneficial to know the many ways in which braces can change your life in a positive […]

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What’s the Best Age for Kids to Get Braces?

children visit the orthodontist no later than age 7. Why is this? The age recommendation is so young because orthodontics can effectively fix teeth and other oral health issues long before they become serious – treating teeth with orthodontics can and should be done in young children, whenever necessary and possible. Why Should My Child […]

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Seven Foods to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

As a parent, you want the best for your kids. Your instinct to protect and care for your kids means you make sure they wear a seatbelt, wash their hands, and brush their teeth. You know that building good habits will benefit them for a lifetime. Especially when it comes to dental care, we are […]

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Kids’ teeth – 6 to 13 years

From about 6 years of age, your child’s adult teeth start to appear. murphy offers advice on how to handle your children’s dental hygiene as they become more independent. At about 6 years of age, your child’s adult teeth start to replace their baby teeth. This is when children enter the “ugly duckling” stage of tooth […]

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