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Easy Ways to Curb Thumbsucking

To thumbsuck, or not to thumbsuck that is the question. For babies and toddlers thumbsucking is a perfectly normal, self-soothing activity. However, prolonged thumbsucking can negatively affect your child’s bite and tooth alignment. Worried parents are often unsure of how to ease their child out of this phase, and the good news is: it doesn’t have to be hard!

At the age of four, children are normally finished thumbsucking because they’ve found new ways to cope with being uncomfortable. If you’re worried that this will affect your child’s budding teeth, here are some easy ways to curb those habits:

  • Remember that this is a self-soothing activity; never prohibit your child from sucking their thumb.
  • Help them find another tool to deal with worry, like a stuffed animal or blanket.
  • When they’re sucking their thumbs encourage them to be self-aware. Ask them if they know they’re doing it, and encourage them to hug their new tool instead.
  • When they’re not sucking their thumb, praise them for being a big boy or girl. Tell them how proud you are.

These are just a few ways to ease your child out of their thumbsucking. If you’re very concerned, don’t hesitate to call your pediatric dentist in Maitland. We’ll be happy to discuss and ease your worries. After all, how many high school seniors do you see sucking their thumbs?

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Baby’s First Trip To The Dentist

Your baby’s first year is full of milestones: holding their bottle, rolling over, and their first trip to the pediatric dentist. Within four months those pearly whites should start appearing, and the ADA suggests that you bring those bundles of joy to the dentist at least six months after that first incisor breaks through.

If your baby doesn’t have all his or her teeth yet you may think this is a bit early, but your baby’s first trip to the dentist is crucial in getting everyone comfortable with regular trips. Your pediatric dentist will let you know if your baby is at risk of tooth decay, discuss their pacifier and thumb sucking habits, and check for any early cavities.

This first trip to the dentist should be an exciting outing for you and baby, so make your appointment early when your child is rested. Call your pediatric dentist in Orlando with any questions or concerns. We’re excited to meet your child and see how those chompers are moving along.

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The Truth About Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Caring for your child’s permanent teeth starts long before you can even see them. Though many people think of temporary teeth as disposable, healthy baby teeth pave the way for healthy adult smiles. While baby bottles may seem harmless, they often contribute to baby bottle tooth decay.

So what exactly causes baby bottle tooth decay? The truth is, it’s more than just baby bottles. It develops from extended contact with drinks high in sugar, like milk and juice. While it may seem natural to put your baby to bed with a bottle, it can actually result in the development of decay. Another surprising way children develop dental caries is from the bacteria found in your own adult mouth. When parents share utensils with their children, they’re also sharing cavity-causing bacteria.

The development of your child’s teeth relies on a number of factors. Avoiding bedtime bottles is just one way that you can help secure a healthy smile for your kids. Should you have any questions regarding your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at our office in Maitland to sit down and talk with Dr. Bertot or Dr. Mansour.

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Orange Juice and Your Child’s Dental Health

Do your kids gulp down a big glass of orange juice with their breakfast each morning? In honor of National Orange Juice Day we’d like to highlight the benefits of this delicious breakfast beverage. While OJ certainly has nutritional value, don’t forget that its sugary qualities can wreak havoc on your child’s developing teeth!

Citrus fruits like orange juice are a fabulous source of vitamins and nutrients. Most orange juices are chockfull of vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin D making orange juice a friend of your child’s teeth. While OJ is less acidic than lemonade and other popular citrus juices, it’s important to remember good oral hygiene when consuming it on a regular basis. So after your child finishes his or her morning juice, make sure that they first rinse their mouth with water and subsequently brush their teeth. Rinsing their mouth first will avoid brushing the sugar further into the grooves of their teeth, and brushing will make sure that their mouth is sugar-free for the day, or until their next meal that is!

So next time your child reaches for that carton of OJ, know that they’re making a good decision nutritionally, but it doesn’t hurt to remind them to take care of their teeth! Have more questions about your child’s nutrition and his or her dental health? Schedule an appointment today to talk in detail with your pediatric dentist in Orlando!

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Help – My Child’s Tooth Was Knocked Out!

As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, it is likely that your child is spending more time outdoors. Whether it’s a neighborhood game of kickball, riding a bike, or playing sports, kids seem to be especially active in the spring and summer. Due to this increased physical activity, the chance for injuries and dental trauma also seems to rise. As your Maitland pediatric dentist, we know that losing a tooth can be alarming- especially if it is a permanent tooth. Be prepared and know how to handle this dental emergency.

First, find the tooth! When you have located it, gently rinse it off while being careful not to touch the root. Scrubbing the tooth could damage it. Next, try to re-insert the tooth into its socket, but don’t force it. If the tooth can be reimplanted, gently bite down or apply pressure with a washcloth to assist in helping it hold its place. If you are not able to successfully replace the tooth, place it into milk or have your child hold the tooth in his or her lower lip so it stays moist. Do not place the tooth in water or let it dry out. Then, call your Orlando pediatric dentist immediately! For the best chance of salvaging the tooth, it needs to be reimplanted by a dentist within an hour.

To summarize, here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Tooth Loss 

DO:

  • Rinse off the tooth while holding the crown (chewing surface).
  • Try to put the tooth back into its socket.
  • Call your pediatric dentist immediately.
  • Keep the tooth moist in milk if unable to reinsert it.

DON’T:

  • Scrub the tooth or touch the root.
  • Place the tooth in water to store or transport it.
  • Put off seeking dental care.

As partners in the dental health of your child, we are prepared to deal with a variety of emergencies. Our team here at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida has the knowledge and expertise to handle tooth loss and other unexpected events in a calm, efficient manner so your child will be smiling wide again in no time!

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Brace Yourself: How to Deal with Snack Time During Orthodontics

Snack time seems to be universally programmed into growing kids, but if your child has recently started orthodontic treatment, some changes are in order! You can’t rely on the crunchy, sticky, or brittle options you may have turned to before – and those might have been some of your child’s favorites.

But don’t despair, there are still plenty of tasty and healthy options that will satisfy your child’s hunger and leave his or her braces intact! We have seen this scenario many times as your Orlando pediatric dentist. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

In the Fruit Department: Bananas, citrus fruits, berries, grapes, mango, kiwi. Try them sliced or in a smoothie! Apple slices or applesauce also make good options.

From the Vegetable Section: Cucumbers, sugar snap peas, small cherry tomatoes, avocado slices. Eat them alone or with a savory dip like ranch dressing or hummus.

On the Shelf: Crackers that are not overly crunchy (such as saltines), rice-based cereal, soft-baked cookies (in moderation).

In the Dairy Case: String cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs. These are packed with protein and are great sources of calcium for strong bones and teeth!

As you can see, there are many options for your child’s snack time, even with braces. View it as an opportunity to think outside the box, try some tasty treats, and find new favorites! Never hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns during your child’s treatment – as a pediatric dentist serving patients in Orlando, Maitland, and beyond, we are here to help!

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Do My Kids Really Need a Dental Checkup?

Do your kids finally have their oral hygiene habits down pat? Handing the toothbrush over to your child can be very exciting as you’ve given them the tools they need to achieve a lifelong healthy smile! As your pediatric dentist in Orlando, FL we would like to remind you that while proper dental hygiene habits certainly start at home—they don’t end there! Regular dental checkups with your child’s pediatric dentist help ensure your child’s overall health for years to come!

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we’re committed to helping you give your child the best possible smile that he or she could possibly have. While it might be tempting to skip your child’s next dental checkup because they’ve been responsible about brushing and flossing their teeth, we encourage you to keep your checkup appointment! If your child were to develop any issues regarding their development or dental health, a checkup would give Dr. Bertot and Dr. Mansour the opportunity to identify it early on and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to reduce future problems.

As your local pediatric dentist we hope that your kids are getting the hang of proper dental hygiene habits. But it’s important to let us serve as your partner in caring for their little teeth! Contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida today to schedule your child’s next checkup.

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Questions About Your Child’s Teeth? We’ve Got Answers

As your local pediatric dentist, we know that parenting comes with lots of questions attached. Not to worry–when it comes to your child’s dental health, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for. As a parent, you’ve likely asked one of the following questions at one time or another:

  • When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
  • What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
  • How often should my child see a pediatric dentist?
  • When should my child start brushing his or her own teeth?
  • When should my child have his or her first dental checkup?
  • Is it a problem if my child sucks his or her thumb or uses a pacifier?
  • How does fluoride help my child’s teeth?

Sound familiar? These are all great questions, which you’ll find answers to on our FAQ page. While our FAQ page offers a fairly substantial amount of information, there’s no replacement for some one-on-one time with your pediatric dentist in Maitland! Next time you bring your child to see Dr. Mansour or Dr. Bertot for his or her dental checkup, we encourage you to ask away!