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How to Choose the Right Toothbrush for Your Child

December 18, 2019

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little girl brushing her teeth

Sometimes it seems like there are far too many options out there for choosing your child’s toothbrush. Depending on how old your child is, their toothbrush needs may vary in size and shape, not to mention which color or cartoon character they want featured on their brush! That’s why your children’s dentist has created this guide on how to pick out the right toothbrush for your little one.


Nail-Biting Might be Hurting Your Child’s Teeth

December 7, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbenzley @ 4:47 pm
Surprised boy covering his mouth

Does your child bite their fingernails? It’s not an uncommon habit among kids. Like hair twisting and thumb sucking, children use it as a means of self-soothing when they’re nervous, scared, unsure, or bored. However, unlike other self-soothing habits formed in childhood, children are more likely to continue nail biting as they get older. According to recent studies, around 50% of children between the ages of 10 and 18 chew on their fingernails. Thankfully this habit will usually go away on its own without any long-term effects. However, in the case of overaggressive or frequent nail biting, especially when your child’s teeth are developing, it can cause serious damage. Here’s how chewing on fingernails can hurt your child’s teeth, and how you can help your little one break this bad habit before the damage is done.


3 Fun Ideas for Tooth Fairy Visits

November 20, 2019

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plush tooth fairy

Has your son or daughter recently lost a tooth? We all know that the tooth fairy is expected to leave money under your child’s pillow in exchange for the lost tooth. However, instead of doing what everyone else does, why not mix it up with these fun alternative ideas for tooth fairy visits? Read on to learn three ideas for tooth fairy visits that don’t involve money.


5 Tips To Help You Avoid Saying “My Kid Has a Cavity” This Holiday Season!

October 25, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbenzley @ 10:22 pm
Kids baking during the holidays

Many kids look forward to the holidays all year, especially since there are so many delicious goodies around. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when pediatric dentists frequently hear, “My kid has a cavity” from parents. But don’t worry, you won’t have to turn into a total Scrooge to keep your child’s smile healthy! In fact, there are 5 simple tips you can use to keep sugar from taking such a toll on their teeth and help them stay cavity-free over the holidays. 


How Do I Brush My Kid’s Teeth? Make It Fun With These 5 Tips

September 16, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbenzley @ 7:11 pm
Little boy getting a dental exam

Parenting is incredibly rewarding, but it goes without saying that it can be challenging at the same time. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of teaching your little one everything from good manners to how to take care of their teeth and gums. And it’s not uncommon for parents to have a daily battle getting their kids to brush their teeth. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “How do I brush my kid’s teeth?”, reading this blog will be a big help. And the first tip for instilling good oral hygiene habits is to make it fun! Keep reading below for 5 great ways to make brushing easier and more enjoyable for your child. 


What to Do During Your Kid’s Dental Emergency

August 21, 2019

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boy with tooth pain

Calling your emergency dentist for your little one is something that no parent ever wants to do, but sometimes it’s necessary. One way to make sure this process goes smoothly is to plan ahead. While a child dental emergency isn’t always preventable, there are some things you can do to minimize your stress in the situation. Continue reading below to learn what steps to take.


Special Needs Dentistry: Are Children With Special Needs More Susceptible to Certain Oral Health Problems?

July 31, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbenzley @ 4:23 pm
child receiving a dental examination

Do you need a professional with knowledge and expertise in special needs dentistry? Getting dental care that’s tailored to your little one can help you feel confident and comfortable about their future smile. You may not have known, but certain oral health problems are more common in children with special needs, which is why routine visits and a proper at-home oral hygiene routine can do such wonders. Read on to learn about how dental health varies with children that have special needs and what you can do as a parent to combat these issues at home.


Are Kid Cavities the Fault of Parents?

July 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbenzley @ 3:17 pm
child sitting at a dinner table and eating

Your child has a smile that is precious and priceless, but you’re worried that won’t last long if their oral health isn’t being properly cared for. Kid cavities can wreak havoc on their small mouths and be caused by a variety of factors. Each time you take them to the dentist for their routine checkup and cleaning, you wonder if it’s your fault that their mouth isn’t as healthy as it could be. Read on to find out how you can teach your child proper oral health techniques and what may be causing their cavities.


Tips From Your Kid’s Dentist On Caring For Your Child After A Tooth Extraction

June 20, 2019

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child on parent's shoulders

As a parent, you don’t ever want to see your child in discomfort or pain, which is why you may be scared that your little one needs a tooth extracted. Don’t worry though, with modern dental advancements, it will be a piece of cake! Your kid’s dentist may suggest this procedure when your son or daughter’s tooth is damaged beyond repair to prevent future oral health problems. After their extraction, you want them to be comfortable and their gums to heal properly. Read on for tips on taking care of your loved one after their procedure.


Treating Primary Teeth Could Save Your Child’s Future Smile

May 10, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbenzley @ 1:20 pm
child smiling on playground

The last thing you’d want to see is your child in pain. Unfortunately, because of children’s lack of diligence in practicing good oral hygiene, they’re extra susceptible to developing oral health problems. If your little one is experiencing discomfort, pulling their primary teeth isn’t the best option for their future smile. To keep their small grin healthy and happy for years to come, read on to learn how you can treat decayed baby teeth instead of pulling them too soon.

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