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5 Weird Signs That Your Child Is Dehydrated

May 6, 2022

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child holding water after showing signs of dehydration

If your child is like other kiddos, they can’t get enough time playing in the water. Whether in the pool or on the beach, they love to cool down from the summer heat by taking a dip. While having adventures and fun in the sun, it can be easy for your child to forget to drink water throughout the day; however, staying hydrated is important in countless ways for their well-being!

How can you tell if your child has had sufficient water intake? You can monitor them and look out for these signs of dehydration!

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What Foods Improve My Child’s Dental Health?

April 4, 2022

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girl eating cheese

Your kids seem to ask you for a banana split twice a week, but they are still learning about how important it is to prioritize dental health, after all. As they grow, you are trying to set a good example to help them learn how to make wise dietary choices that benefit their teeth and general health. With children’s oral health in Palm Harbor in mind, keep reading for food tips from a pediatric dentist.

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3 Tips for Teaching Your Child How to Floss

March 22, 2022

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father teaching his son to floss

It’s easy to see why making sure your child brushes their teeth is important. Flossing, on the other hand, may not seem as essential. However, flossing is a crucial part of a person’s oral health. If your child starts cleaning between their teeth early on, they’ll naturally have a healthier smile as they grow older. Teaching your child how to floss isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world, but a little creativity can go a long way. Here are three simple tips from a pediatric dentist in Palm Harbor on getting kids to floss!

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What Are Good Books to Prepare My Child for Going to the Dentist?

February 4, 2022

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Mother and child reading book together

Is your child nervous about their upcoming dentist appointment? That is completely understandable. It is normal for children to feel anxious about new things, especially when they aren’t sure what to expect. After all, anxiety is a common issue that adults face as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of books out there written to help ease kids’ worries and educate them about their upcoming children’s dentist visits. The selections below will help make their upcoming appointment go smoother for them, you, and their pediatric dentist!

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Can Your Child Get a Root Canal?

January 30, 2022

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young child holding magnifying glass to teeth

If your child has a toothache, the most likely way their pediatric dentist will fix it is with a filling. But, if the cavity has reached the interior part of the tooth (the pulp), then they may have to perform either a pulpotomy or pulpectomy. While these treatments may sound unfamiliar, they can easily be thought of as a root canal for kids. They are quite different from the procedure performed on adults, but an important similarity they share is that they are both virtually painless. What’s the difference between a pulpotomy and pulpectomy, and why would your child ever need one? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in today’s blog.

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Is a Tongue Assessment Necessary for My Child?

December 20, 2021

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a baby with its tongue out

If your child has a tongue-tie in Palm Harbor, you may not be aware of it until you begin to develop problems while breastfeeding or attempt to offer a bottle. Most issues arise during infancy, but many do not arise until a child grows older and has difficulty eating, breathing, or speaking clearly. If you want to get ahead of the game and avoid these potential problems, find out why it’s beneficial for your little one to undergo a tongue assessment.   

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What Are International Myths About the Tooth Fairy?

December 4, 2021

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tooth mouse illustration

Remember how exciting it was as a child to leave a newly lost tooth under your pillow before bed and wonder what president would be on the bill in the tooth’s place when you woke up? Those were great times.

The tooth fairy is quite famous with a legend that extends well beyond the United States. Read on to learn some international tooth fairy stories in Palm Harbor from your pediatric dentist. What are the tooth fairy’s origins and how do rodents often play a prominent role?

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Get the Facts: 3 Myths About Children’s Dentistry

October 7, 2021

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a young boy at the pediatric dentist’s office

Want to better protect your child’s smile but are unsure about the information you read online or hear from others? It can be hard knowing what is true versus what is false, especially in a field you may know nothing about. Fortunately, a pediatric dentist is here to debunk three myths about children’s dentistry in Palm Harbor.

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Child’s Tooth Extraction: 4 Ways to Help Them Recover

September 14, 2021

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Little girl missing a tooth

A children’s tooth extraction in Palm Harbor may not be what you hoped to hear when taking your child to the dentist, but it’s now a reality. Whether it is damage or decay that is the reason for this procedure, you need to know how you can help them through the healing process once they’re back home. In preparation for the days and weeks following their tooth removal, here are four things you can do to ensure your child has a swift and successful recovery.  

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Can My Oral Health During Pregnancy Affect My Baby?

August 11, 2021

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a pregnant woman holding her belly

Are you pregnant? Are you taking care of your oral health during this time? If so, good for you! However, if you are concerned about your less-than-stellar oral hygiene habits, it’s time to learn what problems can develop that may negatively impact you and your baby. A pediatric dentist is here to explain the importance of pregnancy oral care and what you can do to minimize your risk for many of the most common oral health problems.

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