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Dennis M. Dunne, DDS, PC
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Prolonged thumb sucking can lead to crooked teeth and bite problems affecting both baby teeth and permanent teeth.

When helping your child to kick the habit, be sure to use a positive approach and focus on praising your child when they are NOT sucking their thumb. Initially, to help them ease out of the habit, you can limit the time and location thumb sucking occurs, for example only at home or only while the child is in their bedroom. For older kids, if praise alone isn't quite enough, you could offer a small reward for going the day without sucking their thumb. The reward could be points earned towards a favorite activity or toy.

For more tips, read the full article: https://bit.ly/2LOgE2B
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DID YOU KNOW...Dental sealants can help reduce tooth decay by as much as 80 percent, that's a big help! And once they are applied to your kiddo's teeth, sealants can last up to 10 years. But you do need to have them checked at regular dental check-ups to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. If they do need repairing, it's an easy fix; more sealant material can simply be added.
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Some kiddos have a hard time holding onto a regular toothbrush. We came up with a few ideas to adapt the handle and make it a lot easier:

• Make a slit into tennis ball and slide the bottom of the tooth brush handle into the tennis ball.
• Wrap a small cloth, secured with rubber bands, around the bottom of the brush.
• Bend the toothbrush at an angle that works better for your child. Run the toothbrush handle (avoiding the bristles) under very hot water so that you can gently bend the plastic.
• Form a glob of Play-Doh around handle.
• Use a bicycle handle grip. Insert the toothbrush into the hole.
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Sometimes, it's an uphill battle getting any kid to brush their teeth, but encouraging children who have special needs can pose unique challenges. Among other things, oral sensitivity and oral-motor issues can make the simple task of brushing teeth almost too much. Parents can get so overwhelmed with all the other simple duties of caring for a special needs child that oral health and hygiene can end up lower on the list of priorities. The goal for children is to brush two minutes for twice a day. Visit our blog for 5 tips to make this task a little easier.

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The #1 Most Cost-Effective Way to Prevent Tooth Decay is right at your fingertips - IT'S TAP WATER. Here's a fun infographic that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry published explaining the benefits of fluoridated tap water.
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Just a reminder to always follow the 2 & 2 Rule! Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day - EVERYDAY. And don't forget the floss! Not only will you keep your smile bright and clean, you will always have fresh breath too!
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Q: Are cavities contagious?
A: Technically, no. But the bacteria that causes cavities is contagious and can be passed through saliva! As a parent, it’s so easy to share utensils or food with our little ones. We even pop that pacifier in our mouth to clean it after it’s fallen on the floor. But these to avoid from Day 1. Once you pass your cavity-causing bacteria to your child through one of these means or any other, your kiddo will always have that bacteria in their mouth and be more prone to cavities.
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A TOOTH STORY
All parents know teething can be a stressful and trying time filled with sleepless nights. We’ve listed five things parents need to know to navigate the teething landscape, visit our blog and find out what they are! https://bit.ly/2vpX7BE
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Like an iceberg, 1/3 of your tooth is below the gum line. In addition to preventing cavities, flossing helps keep gums healthy by reaching food that tooth brushing alone can’t reach. As soon as your child has two teeth touching, start flossing!
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Kids have 20 baby teeth and adults have 32 permanent teeth. In comparison, cats have 30 teeth, dogs have 42 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth and an armadillo has 104 teeth!
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