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Dentistry

How to Help a Child with Sensitive Teeth

Teeth sensitivity is not common in children until early adulthood, but it can still happen. So, if your child complains of sensitive teeth or you notice certain behavioral signs that your child’s teeth may be sensitive to cold and heat, here’s what you should know and when pediatric dental care is necessary. What Causes Teeth…

How to Handle a Child’s Broken Tooth

As much as you try to protect your kids, at some point, they’ll have an accident or injury. Sometimes it’s an incident where your kid has broken their teeth, or your baby has cracked a tooth. A chipped or cracked tooth can happen when a child is playing sports, roughhousing with friends, or by a…

Why Should Kids Get a Regular Dentist Check-up Every Six Months?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that a regular dentist check-up should happen every six months for both kids and adults. This advice is considered the best-practice standard within the dental profession. It’s why most insurance providers generally cover cleanings and a regular dentist check-up twice a year. Why Visit the Dentist Every…

What Causes Cavities in Children?

Tooth decay is the breakdown of the enamel on a tooth. Enamel is the tooth’s outer surface, and decay in this area will create tiny holes called cavities. Many parents are often mystified by what causes cavities in toddlers. After all, a young child’s diet is generally limited. Tooth decay results from bacteria that naturally…

How to Handle Tooth Decay in a Toddler’s Front Teeth

Tooth decay is a very common dental issue for toddlers. The front teeth, also called incisors, are the first to emerge in your child’s mouth, typically by the time they have reached their first birthday. Over the second year, the molars, which reach into the back of the mouth, emerge. The risk is greatest for…

Toddler Tooth Decay Treatment

You’re brushing your child’s teeth when you notice some spots or discoloration. Is it possible for your 3-year-old to have tooth decay? Unfortunately, yes. The CDC estimates that about 20% of children will have tooth decay before they turn 11 years old. While tooth decay sounds scary, it is treatable. Keep reading to learn how…

A Guide to Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

As a parent, you want what’s best for your child and to see them healthy and happy. Sometimes that means giving them a bottle before nap or bedtime. However, this can hurt their oral health if you’re not careful. This guide covers everything from causes to bottle tooth decay treatment. What Is Milk Tooth Decay?…

Are There Side Effects to Sedation Used in Child’s Dentistry?

At Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental, we try to do everything we can to ensure your child’s time with us is a positive one. However, for some children, going to the dentist is a stressful experience. For those children, or even ones who simply have trouble sitting still for long procedures, we typically recommend sedation. There…

Why and How to Help a Kid with Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth are a common phenomenon in children and adults alike. If your child’s baby or adult teeth are growing crooked, there’s no cause for immediate alarm. Keep reading to learn what causes crooked teeth in your child, why it’s important to fix them, and how to help your little one. Causes of Crooked Teeth…

Why Do Cavities Form?

According to the CDC, cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases of early childhood. About 20% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one cavity. However, the good news is that cavities are completely preventable. If caught early, they’re fairly easy to treat. Read on to learn why…

What Can it Mean When a Child’s Cheeks Hurt?

As a parent, you’re probably familiar with toothaches and how to treat them. However, if your toddler is experiencing cheek pain, you may be less sure. Learn the possible causes and how you can help soothe your child from Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental. Possible Causes of Cheek Pain Toothaches are usually caused by damage to…

The Risks of Cavities in Children’s Molars

You’re brushing your child’s teeth when you spy a dark spot. Is that a cavity on your toddler’s molar? Cavities, even on baby teeth, are serious issues and should be treated as such. If you can’t brush away the spot, it may be a cavity, and it’s time to visit your child’s dentist. How Do…

Child Tooth Decay Treatment Options

Childhood tooth decay is a normal and treatable oral health issue. If left untreated, however, it can cause more serious problems like those that require root canals. Learn the risk factors for decay, how to prevent it, and the treatments available if decay is already present. Risk Factors for Tooth Decay Children are at risk…

How to Help a Child Grinding Their Teeth While They Sleep

Stress or anxiety can cause any of us to grind our teeth completely subconsciously, even while we sleep. The issue, called Bruxism, might also be due to poor tooth alignment or a condition like sleep apnea. According to the American Sleep Association, up to 15% of children deal with this issue, which is 5% more…

When to Plan your Toddler’s First Dentist Appointment

A baby’s life is full of “firsts”—their first time crawling, their first time eating solid foods, and their first words. With all of these monumental moments your little one is experiencing, don’t forget one of their most important “firsts”, a first visit to the dentist! Taking your toddler to their first dentist appointment may be…

6 Symptoms of Cavities and Poor Dental Hygiene in Kids

Every parent wants their child to have the healthiest teeth and mouth they can. But getting kids to brush twice a day and keep up excellent dental hygiene can be tough. If your child starts to slip into bad habits it helps to be able to tell the symptoms of poor dental hygiene. According to…

5 Ways to Help a Child With a Toothache

Nobody likes dealing with a toothache, but it’s especially difficult to watch your child suffer from pain in their teeth or gums. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, over 10% of children have had a toothache sometime over the past six months. The fact is, at some point or another, you’ll likely have…

6 Steps to Healthy Teeth for Kids

Healthy teeth for children don’t happen by accident. On the contrary, kids typically have happy, healthy smiles when adults help their children learn good oral care. Looking for simple steps to ensure that your child has the healthiest teeth possible? Our experts at Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental weigh in on the steps you should take…

Can a Children’s Dentist Put You to Sleep?

Lots of people are nervous about going to the dentist, but it’s important if you want healthy teeth your whole life long. If the idea of dental work makes your child nervous, the pediatric dentists at Tooth Fairy Dental can put them to sleep so they don’t feel a thing. We want your child’s experience…

How to Prevent and Fix Cavities Between Teeth for Kids

Cavities are more common than you might think. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research found that 42% of children ages six to eleven have had cavities in their primary teeth, also called baby teeth. A cavity can develop anywhere on the tooth, including between the teeth. Fortunately, dentists are the professionals for how…

The Effect of a Pacifier on Your Child’s Teeth

For years, the debate has gone on about whether a pacifier is ultimately helpful or detrimental to a child’s developing teeth. No doubt, the issue of a pacifier’s effect on teeth is complex. Yet, answers are available for those who want to understand what consequences can occur to teeth from toddler pacifier use. Here at…

What Do White Spots Mean on a Toddler’s Teeth?

What happens when your child’s pearly whites are a little too pearly white in some places? When white spots appear on a toddler’s teeth that are brighter than the tooth’s natural enamel, parents should take note and call their pediatric dentist for an appointment. White spots on teeth typically appear for one of two reasons:…

How Do You Know You Have a Cavity?

Your child is sitting at the table with you for dinner, and you watch them wince as they take a bite of their food. It could be nothing… but it also could be an early warning sign of a cavity. But how can you be sure? How do you know if your child has a…

Do Home Remedies for Cavities Actually Work?

Here at Toothfairy Pediatric Dental in the Reno area, we regularly meet with parents who are concerned about the possibility of their children dealing with cavities. They often ask us questions like: “Can my child’s cavities heal themselves?” “Are there home remedies for cavities?” “What should I do if my child develops a cavity?” What…