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 you’re about the source. 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? […]

Nov 03 2021

Family Dentist vs. Pediatric Dentist: What’s the Difference?

A family dentist and a pediatric dentist can both provide quality care for your children. Before moving forward and selecting a dentist for your children, it’s essential to know the difference between family and pediatric dentists. The chief distinction between these two types of dentists is the types of patients that they treat: Family dentists […]

Oct 27 2021

Ask an Overland Park Pediatric Dentist: What do I do if my child has a toothache?

Is your kid complaining about hurting teeth? Toothaches are a common oral health problem among children, and they can sometimes feel unbearable. Dr. Matt, an Overland Park Pediatric Dentist, educates parents on everything they need to know about childhood toothaches. Causes of Toothache If your child has a tooth, they can feel the wrath of […]

Oct 20 2021

Cavities: How to Tell Your Child Has One and What to Do About It

Cavities are permanent holes in the teeth’s surface caused by tooth decay. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of all children aged 2 to 19 years old experience a cavity. Poor oral hygiene, a diet high in starches and sugars, and other factors raise the risk of developing tooth […]

Oct 13 2021

October is Dental Hygiene Month

In October, dental offices across the nation celebrate dental hygienists’ hard work. Pediatric dental hygienists provide preventative oral care and dental hygiene practices. They examine and clean young patients’ teeth under a dentist’s supervision. Additionally, they educate young patients about their developing mouths in kid-friendly language.  Good dental hygiene must happen in and outside of […]

Oct 06 2021

Healthy Snacks for the Season: What Fall treats can support oral health?

The air feels crisper, the leaves are changing colors, and the aroma and taste of pumpkin spice are everywhere—which means one thing: Fall is finally here! While it may be tempting to fill up on candies, caramel apples, and other sugar-filled treats, there are different ways to celebrate the season. Hidden in pumpkin patches, apple […]

Sep 22 2021

Why are baby teeth important?

If you think your baby’s toothless smile is adorable, just wait until her first tooth appears! Babies are born with 20 primary teeth, but they don’t erupt above the gumline until between the first six months to a year. Most children have their complete set of primary (baby) teeth by age three, but every child […]

Sep 15 2021

Ask a Pediatric Dentist: How do you ease dental anxiety in children?

What causes dental anxiety and stress? Is it the sound of dental tools or the clinical smell? Is it the rumors and misconceptions spread about dental treatments? While no conclusive research pinpoints the exact source of dental anxiety, 3 in 4 children suffer from it. Pediatric dentists and parents can help children overcome this common […]