Linda A. Steele, DDS Blog

Dental Diet: 4 Foods That Improve Your Child’s Oral Health

April 5, 2024

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Little girl in a pink shirt eating vegetables at a table with plants

If you’ve ever taken your child to the dentist, they likely have already let you know to avoid sweet foods. Unfortunately, sugar attracts harmful bacteria that contribute to issues like cavities and gum disease. That means you can help them maintain their oral health by opting for more wholesome options. By stocking up on snacks that support their oral well-being, you help them learn healthy habits that they’ll remember for life. If you’re not sure what to include on the menu, keep reading for 4 suggestions that will keep their smile happy!


Early Illusions: 3 Myths About Children’s Dental Health

March 4, 2024

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Girl in pink shirt holding purple toothbrush and smiling

As your child’s guardian, you’re responsible for their mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and their teeth are no exception. Unfortunately, there are several commonly held misconceptions about pediatric dentistry that could lead you to make decisions that aren’t based in fact. It’s important to be well-informed so you can take the necessary steps to keep your kid’s mouth healthy as they continue to develop. Keep reading to learn about 3 myths about your little one’s dental well-being and the truth behind them!


Why Children’s Dental Health Month Matters

February 2, 2024

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Little girl smiling during oral examination

Many of us associate February with the heart-shaped decorations and goodies of Valentine’s Day. Did you know, though, that it’s also Children’s Dental Health Month? What better time to remind parents of their kid’s oral well-being than when candy and chocolate are lining every store shelf? It’s a great time to remember that to keep their smiles safe, they need to care for them properly to prevent potential problems. Keep reading to learn more about how you can improve your child’s dental health this month!


Are There Any Children’s Books to Help Kids Feel Less Anxious at the Dentist’s Office?

January 12, 2024

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Dentist smiles

If your child feels anxious about an upcoming dental appointment, you might be looking for ways to help them understand the process and know what to expect. Luckily, this is a common problem for parents to deal with, so many authors have produced children’s books to walk kids through the whole experience from start to finish. This removes a lot of uncertainty from the process and helps kids feel more comfortable at the dentist’s office. Here’s a list of children’s books about the dentist’s office to help everyone in your household have a bit more peace of mind.


Smells Like Teen Hygiene: Why Your Teenager Should See a Pediatric Dentist

December 15, 2023

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A teenager smiling after seeing his pediatric dentist

As a parent, you know that the teenage years come with unique challenges like body changes and personal maturity development. One aspect that should not be overlooked is oral health! While your teen may feel like they’re ready to visit a general dentist, that may not always be the right move for them. Continue reading to learn how a pediatric dentist can still help your teenager with their smile.


Mouthguard Magic: Why Your Childs Needs One

November 7, 2023

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A child's handing holding a blue mouthguard

Try as you might, it’s impossible to predict when an accident might happen. That said, there are things you can do to protect yourself should anything occur. This is particularly true for athletes engaged in intensive activity in close proximity with others because one blow to the face can be powerful enough to knock out one or more of your teeth. Fortunately, your dentist can fit you or anyone in your family with a mouthguard to shield them so that you can feel confident that no matter what, your smile is safe. Keep reading to learn more!


Oral Hygiene Guide for Children with Special Needs

October 2, 2023

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mom at dentist with child

While the importance of brushing twice a day and flossing daily is well-known, children with emotional, behavioral, physical, or intellectual disabilities may face challenges in maintaining these habits. They might need extra assistance due to difficulties in remembering or limitations in fine motor skills. Explore four tips in special needs dentistry to ensure the oral health of your child’s teeth and gums.


Understanding the Effects of Prolonged Thumb-Sucking in Children

September 3, 2023

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a child sucking on their thumb

Thumb-sucking is a common soothing mechanism for infants and toddlers, and if you’re a parent yourself, you’ve probably enjoyed those brief moments of reprieve when your child has calmed down thanks to their thumb. However, when this habit persists, it can lead to various dental and developmental issues. Continue reading below to learn a little more from your trusted pediatric dentist about how prolonged thumb-sucking can cause problems for your little one, along with some tips for stopping it.


Why Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

August 11, 2023

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Laughing child

Children can expect to lose their first set of teeth naturally, but needing a baby or adult tooth extracted can be an unpleasant surprise. While undesirable, sometimes dental emergencies can make tooth extractions necessary for children. Read on to learn about what dental issues can require the removal of a child’s tooth and how you can help your little one be prepared for the procedure.


Why Does My Child Have 2 Rows of Teeth?

July 18, 2023

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Little girl in pink jacket opening her mouth with two fingers to show an extra row of teeth

If you’re the parent of a young child who hasn’t yet grown all their adult teeth, it might come as quite a shock if one day you notice your little one actually has sprouted two rows of teeth! It can be intimidating if you don’t know what this means or why it’s happening. How worried should you be? Do you need to contact your child’s dentist right away? Keep reading to learn more about this condition and what you can do.

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