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Is Chewing Gum Bad for your Children’s Teeth?

Is Chewing Gum Bad for your Children’s Teeth?

Bubble gum – that sweet, messy, noisy, and fun activity engaged in by children since the year of 1893 – is it helpful or harmful to the oral health of children? Grandparents, parents, teachers, and others have asked this question since its induction into the market....

How to Keep Your Childs Teeth Healthy During Self-Isolation

How to Keep Your Childs Teeth Healthy During Self-Isolation

Does Your Family Have to Continue to Self-Isolate After State and County Re-Openings Due to Having a High-Risk Member in Your Household? If So, Continue Reading to Learn How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During the Process Richmond Pediatric Dentistry will be...

How Do I Treat a Teething Child at Home?

How Do I Treat a Teething Child at Home?

While the emergence of a first tooth is a significant and exciting event in a baby’s life, it can be really uncomfortable – for both the baby and the parents. Whether it's your first child or your fifth child, teething is a stressful situation. Crying, drooling, and...

Floss or Brush First?

Floss or Brush First?

Studies have shown that flossing before brushing, and not after, has the potential to reduce plaque and retain higher levels of fluoride in the teeth. Through history, we've been taught to brush then floss. But could we have been doing it wrong all along? Research...

What is a Filling?

What is a Filling?

A dental filling replaces a section of a tooth that has been destroyed by decay. A dentist works to clear away decay that has resulted from a cavity. This helps prevent more damage to the tooth. Unfortunately, clearing away the decay does not help to fix the damage...

Permanent Tooth Eruption. From Baby to Adult

Permanent Tooth Eruption. From Baby to Adult

Tooth eruption is the process of teeth breaking through the skin and emerging into view. Most individuals experience the process of having two sets of teeth come in their mouth at different times during the course of their lifetime. The first set, “primary” teeth - or...

Dental Fluoride Treatments

Dental Fluoride Treatments

Dental caries (tooth decay) is an increasingly common occurrence among children and teenagers. The underlying cause of this condition is acid-producing bacteria. We call it "plaque". It collects around the teeth in a film. If good oral hygiene habits are not...

The Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and General Dentist

The Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and General Dentist

A pediatric dentist is considered to be the pediatricians of the dentistry field. A general dentist needs at least three years of undergraduate education and four years of dental school. Immediately following their undergraduate studies and dental school attendance,...

The Purpose of Baby Teeth

The Purpose of Baby Teeth

Deciduous teeth, or “baby teeth" are the very first set that occur. They actually develop during the embryonic stage before birth, but they typically do not emerge until infancy and eventually fall out. So why do we have baby teeth? Primary teeth serve as the...

Choose the Best Dental Care Products for Your Child

Choose the Best Dental Care Products for Your Child

As soon as your child’s baby teeth first emerge – right around the age of 6 months – they are at immediate risk for the development of tooth decay, cavities, and a multitude of other oral health complications. That’s the bad news. The good news is, these issues are...

Food for Healthy Teeth: What to Feed your Children

Food for Healthy Teeth: What to Feed your Children

Eating Healthy Foods Encourages the Growth of Strong Teeth in Kids Best foods for dental health: Fruits. Apples, bananas, strawberries and other easy to eat fruit are an ideal option for snacktimeGreen Leafy Vegetables are high in vitamins A, C, Kand folate, and...

Why Does my Child Grind Their Teeth at Night? Treating Child Bruxism

Why Does my Child Grind Their Teeth at Night? Treating Child Bruxism

Have looked in on your child during the night time hours and saw more than just an innocent little sleeper experiencing sweet dreams? Maybe you've observed your child moving their mouth and have heard the sounds of grinding teeth. Medically termed “bruxism”, this is...

How to Help Your Child Overcome Thumb Sucking

How to Help Your Child Overcome Thumb Sucking

While thumb sucking is a common occurrence among babies and toddlers, it can result in many complications – especially in terms of the child’s oral health. Among these include the development of an overbite, the onset of an open bite, skin complications, issues with...

How Long Does Teething Last?

How Long Does Teething Last?

Teething symptoms vary from one child to the next, though most begin around 6 months. Growing teeth happens in stages. This entire process lasts about a year and a half. Symptoms of a single tooth emerging can last up to a week. In most instances, the front bottom...