Linda A. Steele, DDS Blog

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.


The Truth Behind 4 Common Myths About Tongue and Lip Ties

June 10, 2023

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Boy opening mouth and showing a tongue tie

Up to 11% of children are born with a lip tie or tongue tie. This is when there’s an overly restrictive band of tissue that’s preventing the child from moving their lips or tongue properly. Many parents have heard of them, but they don’t always fully understand these conditions. You shouldn’t let misinformation prevent you from taking proper care of your child’s mouth; your pediatric dentist is here with the truth behind 4 tongue and lip tie myths.


My Child Is Teething; What Should I Do?

May 4, 2023

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an image of a child biting a teething ring

If you have a young child, you should know that their first baby teeth will usually make their grand entrance around 6 months of age, although sometimes signs of teething start sooner than this. In any case, you’ve got your work cut out for you; helping your little one to navigate this process isn’t always easy, especially knowing that they’re uncomfortable! Keep reading to learn more from your pediatric dentist about the teething process and some obvious signs that it’s occurring, along with some ways you can soothe your child’s pain and help them through this journey.


When Should You Buy Your Child an Electric Toothbrush?

April 11, 2023

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child using an electric toothbrush

Are you concerned about your child’s brushing and flossing technique and are considering an upgrade to an electric toothbrush? A proper oral hygiene routine is essential for maintaining your child’s dental health, and an electric toothbrush can offer several advantages over a manual one. You may be wondering: at what age is it time for your little one to make the switch? Keep reading as we explore the benefits of using an electric toothbrush for children and why it may be a wise choice to enhance their oral care routine.


How to Help your Child After a Tooth Extraction

March 31, 2023

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child talking to a dentist in a dentist’s chair

Tooth extractions can be difficult to manage for people of any age, but especially for children. The procedure itself shouldn’t be all that much of a problem, but managing aftercare and healing well can be a little bit of a challenge for some kids.

If your child has a tooth extraction coming up, here’s how you can help them deal with the healing process.


How to Get Your Child Excited About Flossing

February 21, 2023

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picture of a parent flossing with his child

It can always be a struggle to get your kids to do something, and that’s as true for dental hygiene as it is for anything else. You might have finally gotten your kids to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time, but then comes the next hurdle: flossing!

Flossing can be hard for a lot of grown-ups, so it’s no surprise that it can be a struggle for your kids too. If you want to learn how to instill this healthy habit at a young age, here are some tips you can try.


Tips for Praising Your Child’s Good Oral Hygiene Habits

January 3, 2023

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a child brushing their teeth

Being a parent isn’t always easy—especially when it comes to ensuring that your child is brushing their teeth often enough! Children are just as susceptible to oral health issues as adults are, meaning that it’s crucial to encourage and establish good hygiene practices from an early age. Keep reading to learn  more from your pediatric dentist about why it’s important to praise your child’s brushing habits and how to ensure that they keep at it!

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