planning your back-to-school dental checkup

One of our favorite things about a new school year is that it is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts! As you gear up for the coming school year, you are probably focused on purchasing school supplies, scheduling immunizations, picking out the perfect first-day-of-school outfits, and planning healthy lunches for your family. However, as you head back to Read more →

tooth-friendly school lunches that are as easy as 1,2,3

Believe it or not, back-to-school season is upon us, which means it is time to start planning for your family’s best school year yet. As you gear up for another school year, you are probably racking your brain for healthy and nutritious lunch options that your children will actually want to eat. Aside from keeping your children healthy and fueling Read more →

four easy ways to reduce your child’s sugar intake

As a parent, you probably know that sugar isn’t great for your child’s teeth. However, if you are like many parents out there, you may not know exactly why sugar is so bad for children’s dental health. In this post we will discuss why sugar is bad for teeth as well as four easy ways you can reduce your child’s Read more →

how to protect your child’s teeth with fluoride

Many parents that we talk to are surprised to learn that dental cavities are currently the most common disease affecting both children and adults across the world. However, the good news is that cavities are also easily preventable with the use of fluoride. In this post, we will explain what fluoride is, how it works to protect teeth, and easy Read more →

what are dental sealants for children?

At our pediatric dentistry in Chattanooga, we often encounter parents who have never heard of dental sealants for children. Although they may sound a little bit strange, dental sealants are one of the easiest ways to prevent cavities in both children and adults, and have actually been shown to cut down on the risk of tooth decay in molars by Read more →

why caring for baby teeth is important

According to both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association, babies should first visit the dentist either at one year of age or as soon as their first tooth erupts. This recommendation is surprising to many new parents who wonder why caring for baby teeth is so important. In this post we will discuss why caring for Read more →

how to help your child stop thumb sucking

Thumb sucking is completely normal for infants and young children. This natural reflex to suck on a thumb, pacifier, fingers, teething toys, or other objects gives babies a sense of security and happiness, while helping them learn about the world around them. For young children, thumb sucking is soothing and gives a sense of comfort and security. However, thumb sucking Read more →

what you need to know about your child’s first dentist appointment

One question that we often hear from new parents is, “When should I schedule my child’s first dentist appointment?” Many parents are surprised by the answer. According to the American Dental Association, your child’s first dentist visit should should be scheduled shortly after the arrival of their first tooth and no later than their first birthday. Why your child’s first Read more →

how to deal with pediatric dental emergencies

If you are like most parents, you hope that you never have to deal with a dental emergency like a cracked or knocked out tooth. However, it is important to be prepared for these situations so that if they arise you will know how to act quickly and effectively to ensure the best outcome possible for your child’s smile. In Read more →

new year’s resolutions for a healthy smile

We hope you and your family are enjoying a healthy and happy holiday season. Christmas is only a week away, which means New Year’s Day is just around the corner. As 2017 draws to a close and your family welcomes 2018, you may want to take a minute to sit down with your children and set some healthy New Year’s Read more →