Pacifiers Have Negative and Positive Effects

Pacifiers Have Negative and Positive Effects
 
It’s one of the hardest habits to break and can require a great deal of persuasion: Parents often struggle with weaning their child off of a pacifier.
 
There is much debate regarding the use of pacifiers, but there is evidence to show that there are both pros and cons, according to a study in the January/February 2007 issue of Gene…

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
 
Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant’s teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria in plaque. Every time a child consumes a sugary liquid, acid…

How Do I Care for My Child’s Baby Teeth?

How Do I Care for My Child’s Baby Teeth?
 
Though you lose them early in life, your primary teeth, also called baby teeth, are essential in the development and placement of your permanent teeth. Primary teeth maintain the spaces where permanent teeth will erupt and help develop proper speech patterns that would otherwise be difficult; without maintenance of these spaces, crowding and misali…

When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

When Should My Child First See a Dentist?
 
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen before his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to clean their child’s teeth and identify his or her fluori…

Is My Child at Risk for Early Childhood Tooth Decay?

Is My Child at Risk for Early Childhood Tooth Decay?
 
The average healthy adult visits the dentist twice a year. The average healthy 2-year-old has never been to the dentist. By kindergarten, 25 percent of children have never seen a dentist, yet dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in America.  
The culprit? A combination of misinformation about when a c…