What Are the Effects of Laughing Gas on Children?

What Are the Effects of Laughing Gas on Children?

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Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it is commonly called, is a sedation option used in dentistry to help patients relax. Nitrous oxide is a specialized combination of nitrogen and oxygen. When breathed through the nose it creates a calming effect that can make dental treatment easier for the patient. Nitrous oxide is commonly used in pediatric dentistry, offering a …

Is Fluoride Necessary For Kids?

Is Fluoride Necessary For Kids?

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Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, especially when used in combination with other treatments like regular brushing and flossing. Fluoride is found naturally in foods such as vegetables, fish, and grains. It’s also present in drinking water supplies and toothpaste. Fluoride treatments can help protect children from tooth decay but should only be used under the guidance of a dentist. The …

How Long Should A Child's Teeth Cleaning Take?

How Long Should A Child’s Teeth Cleaning Take?

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Getting your little one off to a great start with taking proper care of their teeth is an important step in their overall health and wellness. Regular teeth cleaning is a major component of establishing a routine that will keep teeth growing strong and healthy – and help ensure their oral health now and long into the future. Starting dental …

At What Age Should a Child Get Their First Dental X-Ray?

At What Age Should a Child Get Their First Dental X-Ray?

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It is recommended that children  should see the dentist by the time they reach one year of age. This gives them an opportunity to have a positive dental experience – and it also helps them to develop a solid foundation for a lifetime of oral health.  During these early visits, the child may or may not have erupted teeth – …

Can A Child Swim After Getting a Tooth Extraction?

Can A Child Swim After Getting a Tooth Extraction?

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It is hard to keep kids down – even when they have had a tooth removed. While you may be thankful that they feel great enough to run around after their dental procedure, you can’t help but remember the dentist’s aftercare instructions – keep heavy physical activity to a minimum for the two to three days following the extraction.  As …

Is It OK for Kids to Swallow Fluoride-Free Toothpaste?

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You have so many choices when shopping for children’s toothpaste. There are pastes designed for kids in different age ranges. They come in a variety of flavors. Some have decorative tubes, often featuring popular characters loved by young children. Then you have toothpastes with and without fluoride. Fluoride-free toothpastes are growing in popularity, especially in areas with adequate fluoride in …

What Causes Cavities in a Child?

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Cavities are the most common chronic disease in children in the United States. Also known as tooth decay or dental caries, cavities are permanently damaged areas of tooth enamel, which is the outer layer of teeth. In other words, cavities are holes in the tooth enamel. Left untreated, cavities can cause toothaches, infection, and even the loss of teeth. Cavities …

How Do Dentists Clean a Child’s Teeth?

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Visiting the dentist as a child is a huge step. It sets the foundation for a lifetime of oral health. Because of this, you want the experience to be a good one – and that includes regular dental cleanings. Sure, routine brushing at home is a very important part of oral health, but it is not the only part. Let’s …

What Should You Feed Your Child After a Tooth Extraction?

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Taking care of your child after a tooth extraction can be challenging, especially when it comes to figuring out what to give your child to eat or drink. Your child needs the fluids and nutrients since they haven’t had anything to eat or drink since the night before they had their tooth pulled. Choosing the right foods can help your …