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Age 12 to Adulthood

Age 12 to Adulthood


What are Dental Sealants?

Dental Sealants are a thin plastic-like coating that fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and…


Ditch the bottled water

Did you know that your bottled water habit could indirectly promote tooth decay? Of course bottled water doesn’t contain sugar…


Is Chewing Gum Healthy for my Child?

Chew away! Mom's, don’t be too quick to say no when your child picks up a pack of gum in…


Night Grinding

Studies have shown that night grinding occurs, in one form or another, in most children. It is usually not a…


What if my child cuts or bites his tongue, lip or cheek?

A cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek can lead to bleeding, swelling and discomfort.  There are several things you…


What if my child Chips or Breaks a Tooth?

A chipped or broken tooth requires an immediate trip to the dentist office, even if the tooth is not a…


What should I do if my child has a toothache?

The first thing you can do is have him/her rinse with warm salt water. A cold compress on the face…


Eating Disorders

Both bulimia and anorexia nervosa can have devastating effects on your oral health!  Bulimics often binge and then purge (vomit)…



Do not smoke or chew tobacco! Tobacco use leads to lung problems, heart problems and oral cancer. Of all cancers,…


Oral Piercing

Tongue piercing, cheek piercing, lip piercing... Oh my!  Many people see oral piercing as an awesome form of body art…


Does my child need a mouth guard to play sports? What kind should I choose?

Yes! Mouth guards should be worn by both children and adults when playing any type of contact sports (football, hockey,…

What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

Remain calm. Locate the tooth and pick it up by the chewing surface (not the root). If the tooth is…

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