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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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How to Help Your Kid’s Teeth Survive Halloween Candy

Halloween is almost here. The stores are full of pumpkins, and of course, lots of Halloween candy. If you have young kids, they will probably be looking forward to trick or treating. Halloween is about dressing up and having fun, but an overload of sugar can play havoc with young teeth. The reason why sugar is so bad for teeth is that it is loved by bacteria in the mouth which will eat the sugar too! Their way of saying thanks for the feast is to produce acid that weakens tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay in Newcastle. You can help to reduce the damage to their teeth by choosing Halloween candies carefully as some sweet treats have less impact on teeth than others, and by having a plan for how to approach the day. Have a Plan for the Day Before your child goes trick or treating, make sure…

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Oct 19, 2018 by
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Ensuring Your Kid Doesn’t Fear the Dentist

Feeling a little apprehension when visiting the dentist is pretty typical, even though we are all very friendly here at West Bowmanville Family Dental! However, more substantial dental fear and anxiety are unfortunately fairly common among adults and can prevent people from receiving the essential dental care they need. Quite often these fears may even have developed in childhood, and it is something we strive very hard to prevent. If you do have a young child who feels a bit nervous about the thought of seeing a dentist in Newcastle, then we have a few simple tips to help you prepare them. Preparing Your Child to Visit the Dentist Ideally, it is best not to wait for signs of problems before bringing them to visit us. Otherwise, your kid’s first dental visit could be when they are in discomfort or even pain, and it is an association that could potentially…

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Jul 6, 2018 by
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