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Pediatric Dental Associates of Southbury
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Good dental habits provide a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral health. Teaching children the basics of a healthy diet and proper oral hygiene can benefit their smile and improve their overall health and sense of well-being.
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According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Over 50% of 5-to-9- year-olds and 78% of 17-year-olds have at least one cavity or filling!
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Here’s another reason to take good care of your child’s teeth: unlike a broken bone or injury to another part of the body, a damaged tooth can’t heal itself. That’s why we use fillings and other kinds of dental work to rebuild teeth and restore their appearance and function.
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Modern toothpaste has only existed for about 100 years. Before then, people resorted to using materials such as charcoal, ashes, chalk and lemon juice!
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Sugar-laden soft drinks are bad for your teeth - some popular soda brands have over 40 grams of sugar per serving! Consuming that much sugar can damage dental enamel and cause tooth decay.
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Beware of do-it-yourself techniques to straighten your own teeth at home. More and more children, teens and adults are suffering permanent dental damage and even losing teeth as result of following this unhealthy advice.
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Most problems involving the alignment of your child’s teeth and the growth of their jaws can be identified by the time they’re in the first or second grade.
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About half of all toddlers in the US have cavities. That’s why taking your child to the pedodontist early on is so important!
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Is your toddler drooling, irritable and gnawing on everything? Get ready for round two of teething - the baby molars may be on their way!
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Although your baby’s new teeth play a key role in chewing, speaking and appearance, they also hold space in the jaws for the next set of adult teeth. If your child loses a baby tooth before a permanent tooth is ready to erupt, a “space maintainer” may be recommended.
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