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How Should You Care for Your Child’s Early Tooth Brushing Needs?

April 18, 2017

How should you care for your child’s early tooth brushing needs? Typically, a child will require assistance with their daily brushing habits until they are around 6 years old. At this time, you should make sure they are brushing safely and effectively with the proper brushing techniques.
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Top Tooth Brushing Tips for Infants and Young Children

February 27, 2017

Even though your child will not be able to brush their teeth effectively until around 6 years of age, it is important to immediately begin brushing their teeth as soon as they begin to appear. For the first few years, you will need to brush their teeth for them, but as they begin to grow up, encourage them to practice on their own until you are confident they can do so by themselves safely and effectively. Listed below are some of the top tooth brushing tips for infants and young children:
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Your Children’s Teeth: The Facts

December 5, 2016

Your children’s teeth are very important to their overall development—but do you know what you can do to help you keep your little ones’ teeth healthy? Your children’s foundation for healthy permanent teeth starts within the first few years of their life. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your kids enjoy healthy smiles for a lifetime.
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How Thumb Sucking Affects Your Little Ones Teeth

August 11, 2016

As you may know, your child could suck their thumbs for a number of reasons. In fact, most children suck their thumbs to comfort themselves when they’re upset, or when they are trying to fall asleep. However, do you know what thumb sucking can do to your child’s oral health?

You see, one major problem with thumb sucking is that it puts pressure on the roof of the mouth, which can cause the position of their teeth to shift. While any of your child’s teeth could be shifted from thumb sucking, typically the front teeth are most affect. Similarly, thumb sucking may cause damage to your teeth.

Just as children will eventually lose interest in their pacifiers, they’ll eventually stop sucking their thumbs on their own. Generally, your child loses interest sometime between two and four years old. Fortunately, your child will usually be fine even if they suck their thumb until they’re four years old. However, please remember to watch for signs of shifting teeth. Similarly, if you think your child’s teeth are shifting, please remember to visit our team soon.

Sadly, it can be difficult to stop your children from sucking their thumb. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try. For instance, we recommend rewarding your child for not sucking their thumb rather than punishing them for sucking. Similarly, you may want to consider physical barriers, such as mittens, finger splints, and poor tasting liquids to help your little one break the habit. Our team can also give you specific advice.

If your child does sucks their thumbs and you’re concerned about their oral health, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Van Arsdall, Dr. Roden-Johnson, Dr. Shoptaw, and Dr. Shook. We’ll gladly assess the state of your child’s mouth and give you specific advice. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please contact Killeen Children’s Dental Center at (254) 262-3131. We’re excited to receive your call.