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 →

how to keep your child’s smile healthy this holiday season

Believe it or not, the holiday season is officially upon us! Although the holidays are a magical time for children ‒ filled with family gatherings, festive holiday tunes, visits to Santa, and their favorite holiday films ‒ the holiday season can also be a dangerous time for your child’s oral health. With endless sweets from Halloween through the New Year Read more →

new guidelines on fruit juice for infants, toddlers, and children

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides updated guidelines on fruit juice intake for infants, toddlers, and children under the age of 18. The guidelines, released at the end of May, cite health concerns including obesity and dental decay as top reasons for the updated statement. No juice before the age of one One of the main Read more →

your back-to-school dental checklist

  September is here, which means summer is officially over, and the kids are back in school. Now that the back-to-school hustle is (hopefully) dying down and your children are settling into the school year, it is time to take inventory of their dental health, which may have been neglected over a less structured summer season. Read on to review Read more →