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Tips for a Healthier Halloween Party

With summer fast becoming a very distant memory, the stores are stuffed with Halloween costumes, decorations, and of course, sugary treats. While kids may love Halloween, it can be a different story for concerned parents and dentists in Newcastle. If you are planning a spooky soirée or will be taking your little ones trick-or-treating, we have a few tips on how to enjoy a healthier Halloween that is still fun for everyone. It’s All About Balance Halloween is only one night a year, and the foods that are eaten every day have far more of an impact on dental health. However, you can reduce your child’s capacity for sugary treats by filling them up with nutritious foods first. Serve a healthy meal before they trick or treating or put out the healthy snacks first at a party. You can choose recipes with a Halloween theme, and the internet is a…

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Oct 11, 2019 by
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Send Your Child Back to School with a Healthy Smile

School vacations are often busy and especially at this time of year as parents everywhere begin to plan for the new school year ahead. An essential part of this plan should be a back-to-school checkup, but often the new school year term can sneak up on you. Ideally, it’s best to get into the habit of booking an appointment at the beginning of summer. Is There an Ideal Time for Kids to See the Dentist? Usually, if you have a young child who likes a daytime nap still, it’s best not to schedule visits during nap time. Also, make sure your child has something light to eat before their appointment as who doesn’t feel grouchy when they are hungry? With older children, the temptation is to book a dentist appointment in Courtice straight after school, but not all kids have the stamina to see the dentist and especially if they…

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Aug 23, 2019 by
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Give Your Child the Gift of a Healthy Smile

When you have children, you want them to grow up with every possible advantage, and one thing that should be well within reach is giving them the gift of a healthy smile. Encouraging your child to grow up with strong and healthy teeth in Newcastle will provide them with some significant advantages. Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem People who have healthy, attractive and nicely maintained teeth are more likely to have good self-confidence and self-esteem, two qualities that can help them gain the very best out of life. Conversely, people with poorly maintained teeth or who have teeth that are missing are more likely to hide their mouth when talking with others and may have lower levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. Protecting General Health Thanks to numerous clinical studies, we now know there is a significant link between good oral health and overall health. When you look after your teeth and gums,…

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Aug 9, 2019 by
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Will Thumb Sucking Affect My Child’s Teeth?

Thumb sucking is a perfectly natural habit for young children and often sucking on a thumb, finger, or a pacifier will make a baby feel secure, relaxed, and happy. Sometimes children will soothe themselves to sleep by sucking a thumb, and especially if they feel sleepy, hungry, afraid, or bored. Usually, children will stop sucking their thumb or finger on their own when they are aged between three and six, and it’s a habit that isn’t generally a cause for concern in a child who is preschool age or younger. But if a child continues to suck their thumb with a lot of intensity around age 4 or five, or is still sucking their thumb by age 6, it can affect their dental health. How Can Thumb Sucking Affect Dental Health? When an older child sucks their thumb, it can cause malocclusion, where their teeth become improperly aligned and cannot…

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Jun 28, 2019 by
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What to Expect When Your Baby Starts Teething

The moment your baby gets their first teeth is one of their first important milestones, and those baby teeth look cute too! When Does Teething Begin? Usually, children begin teething about 6 months of age, but their first teeth can poke through any time from three months to a year. The first teeth to make an appearance are the lower front teeth, and these are followed a month or two later by the two upper front teeth. Gradually, all twenty baby or primary teeth will come through, and by age three your child will probably have their complete set of first teeth and can see a dentist in Newcastle for the very first time. What are the Symptoms of Teething? Your baby may be drooling more often, and this can cause a rash on their chin. They might be fussier than usual or could cry more frequently because their gums…

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Nov 30, 2018 by
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