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Does my child need braces?

Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.  Orthodontists are able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite — meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw.  A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.  This can enhance your dental health and your ...

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2min2x.org

During the past year, you may have seen ads online, in magazines or on TV promoting the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign.  The centerpiece of this campaign is the informational website 2min2x.org which is full of helpful tips for creating and maintaining healthy smiles.  It even includes 2 minute videos for kids to watch while they’re brushing so they’ll know when they’ve brushed long enough.

The Kids’ Healthy Mouths page ...

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A checklist for the new school year

Preparations for the new school year are under way.  The perfect new clothes, school supplies and sports equipment are ready.  Is your child’s mouth ready for another academic year?

The back-to-school checklist for every child should include the following:

  • A regular dental checkup and exam.  Dental problems are difficult to identify, particularly in their early stages.  Major dental problems that appear during the school year often lead to missing valuable school time.
  • Establishment of good oral hygiene routines.  Brush twice daily with a ...
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Back to school checkup

For hundreds of thousands of children across Massachusetts, the end of summer marks the beginning of another school year. This often means a trip to the pediatrician or family doctor for a physical exam. Sadly, however, one part of the body that is still being overlooked is right under our noses—the mouth, which, upon closer examination, reveals that the state of oral health among thousands of Massachusetts children is not making the grade. Dental decay is the single most prevalent ...

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Dog days of summer

As the calendar turns from July to August, summer activities are at their peak.  No matter what type of summer adventure you’re having, be prepared in case of a dental emergency.  Review this short article from the Massachusetts Dental Society that includes important summer safety tips for children’s teeth.

Some highlights:

Thinking about nutrition

The specific nutritional choices you and your children make are crucial. Good nutrition is essential to good health and both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourage parents to think of their nutritional decisions as health decisions.

Here are some great resources for information about nutrition for children:

MouthHealthy.org

General information about making smart food choices with a focus on dental health.  This site includes information for all ages, from pregnancy and infancy through the ...

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Share and share alike?

This past spring, the news was filled with reports about a Swedish study promoting the potential health benefits of parents handling pacifiers in a surprising way.  The study found that kids who sucked on pacifiers cleaned by their parents’ spit were less likely to develop allergies than babies whose pacifiers were rinsed in water.  The authors suggested that harmless bacteria transferred via pacifier from a parent’s mouth to their child’s actually stimulated their immune system, helping the child build defenses ...

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Sealants Q&A

What are dental sealants?

Sealants are thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Sealants are put on in dentists’ offices, clinics, and sometimes in schools. Getting sealants put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.

Why get sealants?

The most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay.  Fluoride in toothpaste and in drinking water protects the smooth surfaces of teeth but ...

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Is it bad to chew ice?

Summer is just around the corner and temperatures are rising.  Patients and parents often arrive at the office with colorful, refreshing, delicious summer beverages filled with ice cubes.  We know it is bad for ...

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Don’t use Orajel for your teething baby

If your baby is around 6 months of age and is keeping you up at night, they are probably experiencing teething pain.  Classic signs of the impending arrival of new teeth include sore or tender gums, drooling, chewing on hard objects and irritability.

As a parent, you want to do whatever you can to help relieve the pain and soothe your baby.  After all, a sleepless, cranky baby affects the whole family.  Here are some tips to soothe sore gums:

  • Gently rub ...
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