Jan 19 2022

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene from Infancy to the Teen Years

As a parent, it seems you worry about everything, but your child’s oral hygiene doesn’t have to be one of the things that keeps you up at night. We know it’s easy to fret, especially when nearly 20% of children between ages 5 and 11 have untreated cavities. However, when you take basic steps to […]

Jan 12 2022

How to Prepare for Your Little One’s First Dental Appointment

Is it finally time to schedule your child’s first dental appointment? If your child has a tooth or has celebrated their first birthday, then the answer to that question is an astounding YES! Before scheduling the first dental appointment, we want to make sure both parent and patient are calm and collected for their child’s […]

Dec 29 2021

Four Unexpected Consequences of Untreated Gum Disease

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis) is a progressive inflammatory infection that can be triggered by poor oral health habits, genetics, hormonal changes, and inadequate nutrition. Untreated gum disease can potentially lead to these four detrimental effects:  1. Bad Breath Bad breath (halitosis) can be an awkward problem for both the sufferer […]

Dec 22 2021

Early Baby Tooth Loss: What Parents Need to Know

Baby teeth are vital for your child’s oral development and act as placeholders for adult teeth. As baby teeth fall out, they create a space in the jaw for future permanent teeth. However, young children can sometimes experience early baby tooth loss. When are baby teeth supposed to fall out? What do I do if […]

Dec 15 2021

Five Kid-Friendly Holiday Activities in Overland Park, KS

As the weather begins to cool down, our mindsets naturally shift to the holiday season. Winter break is just around the corner for many students. If you don’t want your kids cooped up in the house for too long, here are five activities that can make Winter Break more exciting and enjoyable for your kids. […]

Dec 08 2021

Dental Care Tips for Babies and Toddlers

Although it’s not appropriate to just hand a toothbrush to a newborn, it is essential to keep people of all ages’ mouths clean to minimize bacteria. Did you know that dental care varies at every stage of development? Continue reading for three dental care tips for babies and toddlers. Monitor Teeth Development Even though children’s […]

Nov 24 2021

November 26th is National Flossing Day

On the fourth Friday in November, dental professionals celebrate National Flossing Day. Sorry kids, we don’t mean the catchy Tik Tok dance move. Flossing is an essential component of at-home dental hygiene. It involves gently removing plaque and food particles wedged between teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that people clean between their teeth every […]

Nov 17 2021

Ask an Overland Park Kids Dentist: Why does my child’s breath stink?

While we love when our children blow us away, their bad breath shouldn’t be the cause. Bad breath (or halitosis) can be challenging to deal with, especially when the source is unknown. If you’re unsure about why your child’s breath smells off, keep reading to discover five surprising culprits for halitosis.  1. Poor Oral Hygiene […]

Nov 10 2021

Fluoride: Why is it crucial for children?

Most dentists attach great importance to fluoride and brag about how it is good for the teeth. However, many people do not understand why it’s such a popular ingredient in many toothpaste tubes, mouthwash, and other dental products. In this blog, we explain what fluoride is and how to use it safely. What is fluoride? […]